Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska, USA
By Tin Man Lee
Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Brown bears are solitary, powerful, sometimes aggressive predators. Excellent swimmers, they often feed on spawning salmon, but these omnivores will eat anything nutritious.
“We spent six days looking for bears without success, when we finally came upon some huge grizzlies in an icy river. I crouched down in the freezing cold water up to my chest, my lens barely above the surface. My guide, Charles Glatzer, had to constantly remind me to jump around to avoid hypothermia. I finally got one perfect shot of the bear pouncing toward me with an explosive splash of water. It was, perhaps, the greatest moment of my life.” —TML
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV; EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens; 1/1600 sec at f/5; ISO 800; Really Right Stuff TVC-33 tripod; Wimberley II head.
“My passion for wildlife goes back to my youth.
I came to the USA from Hong Kong when I was 18 and developed an understanding of imaging while pursuing my PhD in biomedical engineering and medical imaging analysis. Currently, I work in the
biotechnology IT industry.
In my spare time, I look for wildlife to photograph nearby and in Alaska. I believe that a successful photo can stir deep emotion in viewers and inspire them to take action to conserve our environment.”