At 7 am our guides came to collect us. We have managed to stay awake all night and cope with the intense heat and lack of ventilation. It was exhilarating to see brown bears in the wild and to be able to photograph them. Fortunately, during our first night with the bears we had not had a particularly close encounter and made the most of our long lenses.
Most of my photos were taken with a full frame camera, a 100-400 mm lens and a 1.4 converter so the focal length of most of the photos was 560 mm. A safe distance from which to take photos of wild bears.
Bears are like London buses. You wait hours for nothing and suddenly they all arrive at the same time.
You need a lot of patience for wildlife photography. Not that we were going anywhere with wild bears on the prowl!
We were less than half a mile from the Russian border. Apparently Russian bears do not understand borders so many of the bears could have been Russian ones. How do you tell?