Smoky Mountain Black Bears

One of the most popular areas in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Cades Cove.  In the spring the black bears are easily found there.  One afternoon while in Cades Cove we ran across this mother and cub.  They were in the wooded area for a long time then came out into this field and eventually worked their way over to more woods on the other side of the field.  They were very fun to watch and photograph from a safe distance. They seemed to like performing for all the photographers that were watching. 

You can see here they have just came into the field.  The bear cub could care less about anything except eating and playing.  In fact, when they were crossing the field the cub got a little behind mom, then quickly ran to catch up doing a double front flip to stop.  

This image was made using my Sony a6300, LA-EA3 Lens Adapter and Tmaron 150-600mm Lens.  Everything was resting atop my Sirui tripod and PH-20 Gimbal Head, which made it very easy to follow these guys with my camera and long lens. 

Aperture Priority, F/6.3, ISO 6400, 1/1250th second, 280mm

Bears and Bears and Bears Oh My

On my last trip to the Smokies, my friends and I were treated with a mother bear and three of her cubs right at sunrise.  They came out of the woods, walked down Sparks Lane, climbed up a cherry tree and hung out there for a long time.

We all had our Tamron 150-600mm lenses.  That lens allowed us to photograph from a safe distance and still get some descent shots.  

Here is a shot of the cubs walking down Sparks Lane.

And here's a shot of on of the cubs.  He/she was cleaning itself and stopped for a moment to stare into my lens.

I must say, the first shot was quickly taken, handheld.  The moment happened so quick and I just made sure my settings were good and fired away and said a small prayer that one of them would come out sharp.

The second shot, I was mounted on my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT Tripod.