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This was shot on our Wildlife Bootcamp, a wildlife photography workshop for beginners in Spain.

We spent five days in the largest zoological park in the world where we were able to shoot over a hundred different animal species from the five continents.

The animals live in semi-wild conditions in large open areas made up of unusual limestone rock formations produced by erosion. This gave us the opportunity to photograph the animals with unique natural backgrounds.

The bear area is huge, which makes for perfect photo opportunities. For this shot I waited for the sun to almost disappear behind the rocks, darkening the background, but with backlight on the resting bear.

If possible, I always try to include a lot of habitat when I'm photographing wildlife, especially with large mammals and when the habitat is very pretty - like here. I could have easily underexposed to the extent that everything would have turned black, but that would make no sense in my opinion because you would lose all those interesting plumes.

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