That's why I asked if you used a long
But, yeah, to be more precise I should have said "long lens" or "telephoto".
Anyway, sounds like you were pretty close to the bear. Good thing it wasn't hungry
and my forum reading is getting more and more shallow - I certainly didn't see that word "long" the first time I read this
must have been that talk to the hand thing that had me occupied
55-200mm on a DX body - so 300mm equivalent, and the image is slightly cropped, so maybe a 400mm on a regular 35mm camera when it crossed the trail. So pretty long. However, we got much closer to the bear after this image was taken, and it was hungry, but not fur humans - it was digging for some food in the marshy water to the right of the trail. If you have walked the JMT towards Tuolumne, you'll remember this spot just after the Half Dome trail - maybe half a mile, where there's a rather large wet area you have to circumvent. The bear went right into the middle of it and was pulling out green stuff to eat. When we decided to walk on, it first just watched us, then when we got closer than 100 feet, it decided it was time to leave the area and moved south away from us.