Photo skills: How I took this image of a brown bear

16-year-old wildlife photographer Kyle Moore reveals how he captured this amazing shot. 

European brown bear, Finland
© Kyle Moore


“Close to the Russian border, in the Kuhmo region of Finland is an area of untouched wilderness, which is home to Europe’s top apex predators, including the European brown bear.

Here, I spent 34 nights in a small one-man hide in the hope of photographing this elusive predator awaking from its long winter hibernation.

Without making a sound, just like a ghost, this male appeared from nowhere. To my amazement he started to approach the forest area located to the right hand side of my hide.

This allowed me to take a series of images as the omnivore moved past the hide. Luckily the bear happened to turn to look towards my camera, resulting in the image above. It was a truly incredible experience!”

Equipment specification Canon EOS 1Dx; Canon 500mm F4 lens + 1.4 Extender; F7.1; ISO 400; 1/400th.


• Know your chosen subject inside out. For example, find out its favoured feeding sites and the times of day it is most active. 

• Experiment with new and exciting techniques, which will make your images more unique.

• Be both passionate about the wildlife you photograph and treat your subjects with respect. 

See more fantastic photography by Kyle Moore. 

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