Summer Road Trips Assignment Winner Christopher Baker


Congratulations to Christopher Baker for winning the recent Summer Road Trips Assignment with the image, “Olympic Black Bear.”

See more of Christopher Baker’s photography at https://cscottphoto.smugmug.com.

View the winning image and a selection of submissions in the gallery below. And be sure to check out our current photography assignment here and enter your best shots!

“My wife and I were vacationing in Olympic National Park in mid-May and took an early-morning drive up to Hurricane Ridge,” explains Baker. “After a few hours enjoying the scenery, we started our drive down the mountain. Shortly after leaving the ridge, we spotted several cars pulled off in a small turnout on the side of the road and people with cameras pointed at something across the street. We naturally stopped to check it out and were thrilled to see a large Olympic black bear just off the road. I jumped out the car with my telephoto lens and spent a good 10 to 15 minutes photographing the bear as it wandered along the mountainside. My 500mm lens was plenty of focal length to maintain a safe distance but still get great headshots of the bear feeding on some vegetation. It was an unforgettable and amazing moment to see such a beautiful animal in the wild.”

Nikon D500, Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF lens. Exposure: 1/400 sec., f/5.6, ISO 900.

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