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    Default Polar Bears - Kaktovik

    Hello all,

    My first post here. Some pics from my last year visit to Kaktovik, AK.
    Coming to Nome in couple of weeks planning to photograph Musk Oxs.

    http://luminepixels.com/kaktovik.html

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    Magnificent images of polar bears! If you don't mind me asking...how expensive is this photo adventure?

    Jim

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    Outstanding photos. The best photos of Nanooks I have seen in this and several other forums. Can you comment on the gear used?

    Thanks.

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    Wonderful Shots! Welcome to the forum. I looked at your web site and you have some very nice shots. Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim McCann View Post
    Magnificent images of polar bears! If you don't mind me asking...how expensive is this photo adventure?

    Jim
    Jim,

    There are two places where you can stay at Kaktovik and both of them charge around $250/day for accommodation and food. Guides are around $175 for 4hrs trip. If you are planning I suggest you plan for multiple days. Out of 5 days I stayed there we had good sightings on 3 days and bad weather on 2 days.

    Oct 1st and 2nd weeks seems to be the favorite time. By that time whale harvesting will be finished and lot of food for bears before heading out on to the ocean.

    -Sid

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    Outstanding photos. The best photos of Nanooks I have seen in this and several other forums. Can you comment on the gear used?

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    Ray,
    Thanks for you time and kind words.
    I used Canon 7D, 500mm F4 and 100-400mm lens based on subject distance.

    -Sid

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    Thanks, Sid!

    I've only lived here in Alaska for around 41 years, and one year of that was in Barrow, with a couple of trips over to Kaktovik (I was a state trooper) and I've never laid eyes on a polar bear. God knows I've searched, but things have changed and now there are these expected sightings in and around Kaktovik. Go figure!

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by siddu999 View Post
    Ray,
    Thanks for you time and kind words.
    I used Canon 7D, 500mm F4 and 100-400mm lens based on subject distance.

    -Sid
    Thanks!

    I was wondering about the big lens over your shoulder, and figured that it had to be around 500mm. I hear a lot of good comments about the 7D's speed and sharp focusing, and this shows on your photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    Thanks!

    I was wondering about the big lens over your shoulder, and figured that it had to be around 500mm. I hear a lot of good comments about the 7D's speed and sharp focusing, and this shows on your photos.
    Yep... Like my 7D alot.

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