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Wild Side – Destination Churchill (preview)

©John E. Marriott Polar bears play fighting on the arctic tundra near Churchill, MB Gear/Settings: Canon 5D, 500mm focal length, ƒ5.6@1/1300 sec., ISO 400

©John E. Marriott
Polar bears play fighting on the arctic tundra near Churchill, MB
Gear/Settings: Canon 5D, 500mm focal length, ƒ5.6@1/1300 sec., ISO 400

 

Story and photography by John E. Marriott

After spending all of your hard-earned money over the past several years/decades/lifetimes on camera gear and photographing Canada’s easy-to-get-to photo destinations, like Jasper and Algonquin, you finally have a few dollars to spend on a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife photography adventure. And rather than go on safari or chase penguins in a far-off land, why not think big? Like really big, and white, and furry….

I don’t think there’s a wildlife photographer on earth that hasn’t dreamed of travelling to the Arctic and photographing polar bears, and we Canadians are lucky enough to have the best polar bear photo location in the world right at our doorstep. (OK, so it’s not exactly at our doorstep — thus the part about saving a few extra bucks!)

I first travelled to Churchill, MB in October 1998 with high hopes and a brand new 500mm lens burning a hole in my camera bag …

To read more of John E. Marriott’s column on shooting polar bears in Churchill, MB pick up the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of OPC. To never miss an issue please subscribe today!

 

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