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Tips for photographing the Brown Bears of Finland from hides

Article written by David Miles illustrated with images contributed by Johnny Södergård.

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Photographing the Brown Bears of Finland in their natural habitat can be an exciting & rewarding experience for any wildlife photographer. Finland is one of the best places to capture these majestic creatures in their natural environment, & using a hide is the best way to do so.

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Here are some tips for photographing in :

Our Tips for photographing the Brown Bears of Finland from hides


Taking pictures of the of can be a unique & thrilling experience. Here are some tips for making sure you get the best photos possible. With these tips, you will have a successful & memorable experience photographing the of Finland.
  1. Research & choose the best hide: There are many brown bear hides available in Finland, & it's essential to do your research & choose the best one. Factors to consider include the hide's location, the distance to the bears, & the best time of year to visit.

    One Of The Female Brown Bears Of Finland Moves Through Cotton Grass In The Meadow Area With Her Cubs

    A Female Brown Bear Found In Finland Pauses Within The Cotton Grass In The Meadow Area With Her Cubs

    A Female Brown Bear Found In Finland Moves Through Cotton Grass In The Meadow Area With Her Solitary Cubs
  2. Use the right equipment: A telephoto lens is necessary for photographing brown bears. A lens with a focal length of at least 300mm is recommended for capturing close-up shots of the bears. Lenses with f/2.8 will give the best light capture & speed of focussing.

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    A camera with high ISO capabilities & a tripod head that can mounted onto a shelf are also essential.
  3. Be prepared for low light conditions: Brown bear hides are often in dark, wooded areas so lighting conditions can be challenging.
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    Shooting in low light conditions requires adjusting your camera settings, such as using a high ISO, slower shutter speed, & opening up your lens aperture.

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  4. Stay quiet & still: Brown bears are easily spooked by noise & movement, so it's essential to stay as quiet & still as possible while in the hide. Avoid sudden movements & try to blend in with the surroundings to avoid scaring the bears away.

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  5. Patience is vital: Brown bears are unpredictable, & there's no guarantee you'll see one during your hide session. It's essential to be patient & wait for the bears to come to you. It's also necessary to respect the bears' space & not disturb them while they're in their natural habitat.

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In conclusion, photographing brown bears in Finland is a unique & exciting experience that requires careful preparation, patience, & respect for the animals. By following these tips, you'll do well.

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How many brown bears are there in Finland?


It is estimated that there are between 1,500 & 2,000 brown bears living in Finland. This number is believed to be the most accurate estimate of the bear population in Finland since the bear population is constantly changing. The number of brown bears in Finland has decreased significantly over the last century due to human-related causes, including habitat loss & direct persecution. In addition, the brown bear population is threatened by genetic pollution, hybridization with other bear species, hunting, & climate change. Despite these threats, the brown bear population in Finland is believed to be stable, though it is still considered a vulnerable species.

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One Of Finland'S Female Brown Bears Pauses On The Edge Of A Lake Accompanied By Two Of Her Cubs

Which Photography Holidays Does NaturesLens Schedule for Photographing the Brown Bears of Finland?


NaturesLens offers a range of Brown Bear photography holidays designed to allow photographers of all levels to capture images of 's largest predator. These trips generally are conducted in June & July when the Brown Bears & their cubs are most active.

Our photography holidays allow photographers to capture stunning images of the Brown Bears of Finland as they interact with each other, & traverse the forests. During some of our trips, photographers will also have the opportunity to photograph a wide array of other wildlife, including wolverines, wolves, White-tailed Eagles, & more.

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At NaturesLens, we aim to provide photographers with an unforgettable experience that will leave them with beautiful, memorable images. Our trips are led by experienced wildlife photographers who are passionate about wildlife photography & are dedicated to helping photographers capture the best images possible.

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