Photo of the Month – August 2019

Tom and I want to celebrate the great images being created on our workshops by posting a photograph each month from one of our workshops that best captures the environment or people of that location.

Congratulations to our fourth photographer – Susan Onysko

Katmai National Park, Alaska.

The Story:

“We stayed with this mom and two kids for a long time. All of the sudden the mom stopped and was looking into the forest. One of the little babies came up and draped his head on her shoulder. Then it was chaotic. The cub turned and looked back. The mom looked back. The cub put his paw on the mom….


That’s why I like wildlife photography. It’s moments like that. It’s the same as us. I am a mom and have a bond with my children just like this bear family.”


The Location: 

I loved Katmai National Park.I don’t think we could have taken so many “keepers” without the long hikes. The remote location lets you follow the bears and document their life. The bears were everywhere!

The Data: Nikon D850, 500mm,  1/1000, f/5.6 ISO 320

Nikon D850, 24-105mm converted for infrared, 1/500, f4, ISO200

Photo Tip from the Photographer: 

Don’t look at the back of your camera when the photo moment is happening. You have to be in the moment with grizzlies in the wild.

On the Horizon:

  • Uganda & Rwanda for gorillas
  • South Georgia Island
  • Underground blinds in Africa


Check out Tom’s new blog on the pack he plans to take on next year’s trip to Katmai National Park Best Backpack Ever


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