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    Every July, a million salmon swim upstream to reach their spawning grounds on the Brooks River in Alaska, and dozens of brown bears try to stop them! Here we see a bear with shaggy, brown fur about to catch a salmon in her mouth at the top of Brooks Falls. The fish is only a few inches away from her gaping jaws. Shot with a Nikon D800 and 28-300mm lens in July 2015 at 14:27. ISO 400, 300mm, f/9.0, 1/1000
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    Timing is everything in photography and this image is a great example of that. Excellent use of your 300mm lens to capture this moment right here. I love how you composed the image and went with a medium frame and didn't get too close or tight on the bear. There's some nice spacing around the subject and this makes for an excellent wildlife image.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 29, 2015
    Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2017
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
    Focal Length: 300 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec
    Aperture: f/9
    ISO: 400
    Copyright: © Nick Dale
    Categories: Animals, Nature, Travel
    Assignments: We Love Animals, Exploring Time
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year, 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year