Wild Brown Bear
Bear and Wolverine photography in Finland
The photography hides are located a short distance from the Wild Brown Bear Centre ranging from 500-900 meters. Photographers have access to over 20 purpose built photography hides, providing numerous possibilities for photography. Therefore offering a variety of directions, photographic openings and various landscapes. Importantly, the terrain is not worn, giving the desired feel of untouched wilderness in the photos.
Equipment in hide
All hides have a chair, bed, mattress, sleeping bag, duvet, pillow, toilet-pail and paper, 3/8” mounting screws for tripod head, and a heater when needed in April. Sleeping is possible in the hides, but when photographing, it is not recommendable to sleep since bears may come at any time.
Inside the hide, more than just one camera can be used because hides have many spots for camera bodies. The photographic openings face the same direction or in different directions depending on the hide. Two person hides have a minimum of four photographic openings, one-person-hides have different photographic directions for three and four cameras. A tripod is not necessary because photography is possible using the plank that is in the hide. On the plank, a tripod head can be attached or a beanbag can be used. If you wish to use the full tripod this is still possible in the two person hides where the front wall is oblique. The tripod head can be moved cross-ways on the wooden plank and hides contain bolts to attach these to. The camera can be rotated 120-160 degrees in photographic openings because its fabrics have been sewn together and there is no bar between the openings to hamper rotation. Inside the hide it is possible to change the lens of the camera when done quietly. When photographing it is forbidden to use flash or flashlight in any circumstances. Leaving the hide in the evening, at night or in the morning before the set period of time is also forbidden. All rules given in start info must be followed.
Hide 1 is a good all round hide. It is situated on the south-western corner of the small pond, and has excellent views 360 degrees. This hide is max 3 person on request Also unique to hide 1 is the close vantage point to the rocky outcrop, which is on the south-eastern side of the pond; this is the main angle of view from hide 1. Although there is potential to photograph the wildlife and landscape in any direction.
Sunrise and sunset photographs are both possible from hide 1. The sun rises to the left of the rocky outcrop. Behind the small pond, and will set behind the expanse of wetland to the west. The Bears and Wolverine can pass very close, sometimes only 1 metre from the hide. It is possible to make a wide array images from inside hide 1, using both telephoto and wide angle lenses.
MAX person: 3 people
Hides 2-5 are situated on the west side of the small pond. The eastern angle of view is perfect for sunrise backlighting,it is possible to create dramatic images when utilizing back-light and misty conditions. All four hides are situated on the edge of the pond, and the maximum distance to the other bank of the pond is 25 metres. A 500mm lens on a full frame body,
will have the bears filling the frame. A 300mm lens on a full frame body, will allow for some of the environment to be shown in the foreground or background. As the pond is relatively small, reflections are common in calm weather. As the bears move along the bank, close to the waters edge, it is possible to make some beautiful images with the bear and its reflection.
Hide 6, is located on the north-western bank of the small pond. Many of its photographic uses are shared with hides 2-5. However, there is one main difference, which separates this hide, and it is that the bears can be photographed just 1 metre away.
The angle of view from hide 6, stretches out from the forest area on the left side, right across to the rocky outcrop on the far right (from seated inside).
Similar to hides 2-5, hide 6 is good for photographing the predators with their reflections in the pond. From this hide evening frontal light, and also morning back-light are possible.
To the left side of hide 6 there is an island of trees, this is where hides 7, 14, 15 and 16 are situated. The trees extend out almost to hide 6, and this gives the hide a very unique location, allowing photographs to be made with the bears in open space, as well as in amongst areas of woodland.
Hides 7, 15 and 16 have been grouped together because of their close similarities. The all are located in the island of pine trees, to the north of the small pond. These hides has a completely unique feel compared to the hides located on the pond or out on the wetland, as these hides are located inside the forest. The forest area is a very quiet and secluded location, with a smaller observational area compared to the other hides. This however, is exchanged for chance to have a very
intimate and exciting encounter with the Bears and Wolverines. As the forest area has slightly different conditions from the other hides, it is important to note that available light will be weaker and ideally photographing with a large aperture lens is preferable. Due to the close proximity of the wildlife in these hides, a 70-200mm lens on a full frame body, has been a popular choice. A photo showing the bears full frame can be taken with a 300mm lens.
Hides 8 and 9 are both situated facing west, across the large expanse of wetland. Both hides are located at the back of hides 3 and 4.
During the spring, the snow covers this open space and tracks can be seen easily in the fresh snow. As the snow begins to thaw, the wetland starts to emerge and patches of browns and yellow break through. The angle of view stretches from the forest area on the right (roughly
where hides 15 and 16 are situated), across the wetland to hides 11, 12 and 13 on the left. During early summer, the view from hides 8 and 9 will be alive with cotton grass and meadow flora. Onto autumn, the wetland will begin to take on the colour of fall, with oranges, rich browns and yellows forming the perfect backdrop on which to photograph the European Brown Bears.
Hide 10, similar to hides 8 and 9, has a mostly west facing direction. The main difference which separates it from hides 8 and 9, is that it has a south facing opening, which faces down towards hide 13. The landscape of main view of hide 10 is large area of wetland to the southwest. Due to the exact location of this hide, there are no trees close by, which is also similar to hide 9.
Throughout the seasons, the view from hide 10 will change dramatically. During April, thick snow will cover this large expanse, as the temperatures begin to rise over May, there will be many patches of open water, and these can provide some nice images whilst the bears are moving across the open spaces. Into Autumn this space will turn a rich red and orange.
Hide 11 is one of the hides which has a unique perspective over the landscape. The angle of view is mainly north-west, which enables photographs to taken utilizing the evening light as back-light. During sunrise the position of hide 11, makes it possible to photograph with beautiful morning light, covering the subject evenly from the front and side.
The landscape in front of hide 11 is a mixture of, low lying wetland, and small groups of pine trees. This creates a nice combination as a backdrop to your photographs. It is possible for the bears and other predatorsto come as close as 1 metre from the hide, this allows for the use of shorter lenses to express your creativity.
Hide 12 is situated facing south-east, looking across 50 metres of wetland, towards an area of thick pine forest. As the bears pass between 11, 12 and 13, they can come very close to the hide. There is open space in front and to the right of the hide, with a small group of trees to the left side. The rocky out crop in front of hide 1 is also visible. Due to the distances possible for photographing the wildlife,
lenses from 14mm - 800mm can be utilized. As with hides, 1, 6-22 the bears and other predators can come very close, this is important to note, as other, shorter lenses can also be used to good effect here. Hide 12 is a very good hide for morning sunrise back-lighting on the subject. Also, vivid Autumn colours in late August-September and the white cotton grass in early Summer.
Hide 13 is a one person hide with viewing angles on three sides. The rocky outcrop can even be photographed with a longer lens past hide 1. In the photo to the right, there are patches of trees which the bears and other predators can pass near, providing a nice depth of field to your images. It is possible that the bears can come up to 1m from the hide, allowing other lens than telephoto to be used to good effect. Due to the size of hide
13, the various angles of view are easily used, and you won’t miss any of the action. Approximately 30m away to the right hand side, there is thick forest cover where the bears can sometimes emerge from. The ground cover between the hide and the trees is wetland, with sages and various vegetation. During early summer, there are thick beds of cotton grass which are usually prominent around hide 13.
Hides 14 have close similarities with hides 7, 15 and 16. This hide is also situated in the island of pine trees, to the north of the small pond. What makes hide 14 different, is that it is for one person. And this hide has viewing angles on three sides. Hide offer multiple observation angles, to maximise the possibility to make the images you have in mind.
As this hide is located inside the forest, the amount of available light is less than out in the open on the wetland, a large maximum aperture lens will extend the available light. The bears and wolverines may come very close to these forest hides, sometimes only 1 metre. It is also important to have a wider lens available inside the hide.
Hides 17, 18, 19, 20 are located on a separate lake, where Hide’s 1-6 are situated. The hides has been set back approximately 15m from the shoreline, to produce a unique vantage point, where the wildlife can pass between the hide and water in clear view.
The hides are predominantly West facing, which means achieving evening back-light on the subject is possible throughout the season. Popular choises for lenses have been wide- angle 18mm to 500mm.
Hides 21 and 22 are located on a separate small pond. These hides has been set back approximately 15m from the shoreline, bears can pass between the hide and water in clear view. Bears can walk around the pond near shoreline.
The hides are facing North, which means evening light is possible to shine from left side, and the nightless nights` sun is possible shine from the front. Popular choises for lenses have been wide- angle 18mm to 500mm.
Hide A, 12,13 and 1
Hide A, 11 and 12
Hide A is new for family max 4 people .... more text is coming
New low-level shooting holes.
One improvement we have been working on this season at WBB is the possibility to photograph from ground-level. Simply moving a few meters lower creates a whole new, and dramatic viewpoint, we are very happy with how this has worked out, and the feedback we are receiving from visitors. This really is a great new addition, in fact we believe we are one of the only locations in Europe to offer this possibility! The new low-level shooting holes have been installed in the following hides; 11, 15, 17 - 22.
Wild Brown Bear Ltd
88930 Lentiira (Vartius)
Phone +358 40 5469008
Wild Brown Bear Ltd 2017
WILD BROWN BEAR
Bear and Wolverine photography in Finland
Wild Brown Bear Ltd
88930 Lentiira (Vartius)
Phone +358 40 5469008
Wild Brown Bear 2017