I was very happy to see the re-release of the Spirit Bear DVD at Amazon featuring my image on the cover. I’m quite proud of this image because it was made at ISO 3200 with my Canon 5D Mark II and stands up extremely well to printing on DVD covers, magazine covers and as a print.
These bears are a sub-species of the Black Bear with a recessive gene that causes their fur to be white. They are not albinos but rather a white-furred Black Bear. They live in only one place on the planet and that’s the Great Bear Rainforest on the west coast of Canada. To insure their survival it is extremely important that their habitat along with their kin (the Black Bears in the area carry the recessive gene that causes about 1 in 10 of them to be born with white fur) be protected.
Here’s a synopsis of what the movie is about…
The inspiring story of the boy who saved the Spirit Bears!
Though just fifteen, Simon Jackson shows the world how one boy can truly make a difference. Simon has always been shy and introverted, until his life changes in on instant. Attacked in the remote wilderness, Simon is rescued by a rare white Kermode bear, also known as Spirit Bears. When he learns that only 400 of these beautiful endangered creatures are left, he finds his voice and transforms into a political activist. With the help of his friend and mentor Lloyd Blackburn (Academy Award nominee Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves), Simon courageously takes on the powerful forest industry led by Frank Perdue (Golden Globe Nominee Ed Begley, Jr.) and the government. His message is clear, and everyone gets involved from Prince William to the Backstreet Boys. Through hard work and perseverance, Simon saves the Spirit Bears and secures the protection of 2,500 square miles of Princess Royal Island-one of the largest land protection battles ever won. Simon captures the hearts of the world, and is named one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet.”
For reference sake, here’s the original image, along with the cropped version used on the magazine cover. Technical information on the image is: 1/400th of a second at F4.0, ISO 3200, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 500mm F4L IS, Gitzo 3541XLS tripod, Jobu-Deisng BWG Gimbal Head.