Brown Bears of Silver Salmon Creek 2012 Trip Report

By Perry Conway on Nov 05, 2012

Wild Alaska at its best with the icon of that great land right in front of you…and I mean RIGHT in front of you! Our August 2012 trip to Silver Salmon Creek at Lake Clarke National Park continues to set a very high standard for Alaskan bear photo safaris. Small groups, big bears and abundant photo ops are the order of the day. Now that digital capture has arrived in full force, many images that were not possible with film are easily obtained. Alaska bear venues are notorious for low light. Looking back at my metadata, I see that crisp, clear images were commonly obtained at 400-800 ISO….hence low light is no longer a problem.

At Silver Salmon Creek, we had a kind of light I’ve seldom seen anywhere else…”silver light”. It is caused by high overcast clouds, shooting towards the sun in very shallow water over mud flats or sand bars. Check out the slide show images of photographers and bears in this highly aesthetic environment.

We have the entire lodge to ourselves so meals are based on what time makes the most sense photographically. Our on-site bear guide is the best I have ever worked with in my 20 + years of guiding bear photo trips. If you are into photographing bears in as wonderful a venue as Alaska offers…Silver Salmon Creek at Lake Clarke is as good as it gets.