I had a fun time today covering an event at ZooMontana. The zoo’s grizzly bear were given special treats hidden in pumpkins. The highlight was the bears trying to crack open a 760 lbs. pumpkin. Normally at the zoo, you have two fences or a thick sheet of Plexiglas separating the public from the bears which makes shooting them difficult.
The top dog at the zoo, Jeff Ewelt, let me get an angle that only the zookeepers are usually allowed view, which was a shot that allowed for only one fence looking back at the 400 people in attendance for the event. While shooting, Bruno, a 660 pound grizzly, dedided to come and sit in front of me, and pose for a few picture. I carefully slid my lens through the fence and snapped a few very closeups. Bruno was in the shade, so I was tempted to whip out a strobe so the background wouldn’t get as washed out, but thought better than to try something that might irritate a grizzly bear.
One of the Zoo’s volunteers, Ann Curan, was kind enough to send me the shot of shooting Bruno.
You can see all of the pictures and watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1aLMgAz