Glacier National Park

Dave Lively

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I went to Glacier last week and had a good time despite a heavy early season snow storm. This was a hiking trip, not a photography trip so the photos I took were usually not in ideal light but I was happy with many of them. I took pictures while it was lightly snowing but on one day left the camera in the car because it was snowing too hard to risk it. I took my GX7, 12-32, 100-300 and 45mm lenses but never put the 45 on the camera. I left my 60mm macro at home and did not miss it. The camera and 2 lenses worked very well for hiking. My only complaint is that a few times the 100-300 produced kind of funky bokeh, see the shot of a bighorn resting.

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A little out of focus and weird look bokeh. Not sure what causes the odd bokeh. I would say motion blur caused the softness but several shots in a row looked the same and motion blur usually varies. Shutter speed should have been adequate since I had IS on.

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Similar shutter speed as shot above, 100% crop but much sharper.

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Wish I had a longer lens for this one. Bear was about 40 yards away. I met a few guys that bragged about getting within 10 or 15 feet of a grizzly while I was there. I wanted to congratulate them for being much more stupid than I was but kept my mouth shut.

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I am not a big fan of hiking in foot deep snow but it really thins the crowds. We pretty much had the trail to ourselves going up on this hike.
 

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Wow, nice pics. I was there in August and it rained continuously, with heavy fog. Couldn't see a dang thing! I've always wanted to go off-season, and your pictures have reinforced that desire. Thanks.
 
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Nice pics and I agree with you on the fools who would walk that close to a bear. Many folks seem to throw out common sense when they see wild animals.
 

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I grew up near the park and it still amazes me how many people get mauled by bears. It's not difficult - stay away live another day
 

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Nice photos! That funky bokeh and softness may be the result of atmospheric distortion - rising warm air from sun heated rocks cause some distortion.
 

Dave Lively

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Nice photos! That funky bokeh and softness may be the result of atmospheric distortion - rising warm air from sun heated rocks cause some distortion.

Thanks! I had not considered atmospherics since I was within a 100 yards but now that you mention it the sheep were on the side of a mountain facing the sun so that makes sense. The snow that the park got the next morning makes me forget how warm it was the first day I was there.
 

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