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Michael Mauro and Mark Raycroft of the Wild and Exposed Podcast team, are joined by special guest Shawn James of the myselfreliance YouTube channel, as they discuss their 2-week summer Alaska Wildlife Adventure. This episode was recorded from a wilderness mountainside after a morning spent filming the largest subspecies of moose on the planet. Wildlife photography, gear, and incredible destinations are all covered as they discuss Shawn Jame's first time traveling to the great state of Alaska, to join the Wild and Exposed Podcast team on this epic adventure. Shawn James talks about his first time seeing and filming an Alaskan Brown Bear. His time spent at Brook's Falls, located in Katmai National Park, and how he observed and filmed sows with cubs as well as large male brown bear catching salmon. The river was brimming with Sockeye Salmon that were swimming upstream, while the bears tried to catch their share for lunch. Shawn observed that the large male Alaskan brown bears seemed to occupy the area near the falls and the females with cubs were well below the falls to keep their distance and their cubs away from the large males. Shawn talked about the gear that he found worked the best for photographing and filming the brown bears at Brook's falls, Katmai National Park. Highlighting the time that was able to film bears in slow-motion catching salmon...a buck-list clip for many! Another of Shawn's brown bear highlights was being able to film a pair of cubs play-wrestling in the water. Michael Mauro mentions the benefit of being able to access so much of Alaska by floatplane and the incredible vistas and aerial photography gained from those perspectives. Shawn James also enjoyed seeing and photographing the many cabins that he discovered on his first trip to "the last frontier". The Wild and Exposed Team also discussed with Shawn, the challenges that they and he constantly face when trying to capture both professional still photographs and professional video on the same trip. Shawn discusses how he capitalizes on these amazing opportunities with such photogenic animals, and the majestic landscapes, to produce both mediums for his work. And there's more...so sit back, watch, listen, and enjoy the journey to Wild Alaska with the Wild and Exposed Podcast Team!

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