EXTREME close-up as BEAR goes in to sniff Russian wildlife photographer This is the hair-raising moment a bear moved in for an extreme close-up as it sniffed a wildlife photographer camped out in the Russian wilderness. Mike Korostelev captured pictures of the brown bear after it came within inches of his lens at his hide-out in Kuril Lake in Kamchatka, Russia. He was able to get up close and personal with the animals thanks to his self-built protective photography cage. He said: ‘For pictures of the bears on the Kuril Lake, I specially built a cage of metal sticks. I brought the cage to the lake and put it on the shore, where there were a lot of salmon going to spawn. ‘The cage became my home for a couple of weeks; although I spent the night in a tent on the territory of the Ranger Station. ‘I sat patiently in a cage, waiting for the bears. When bears passed, I tried not to move, so they do not scare off. ‘Some of them passed by, just slightly glancing at me. Some fished in front of my cage, not paying attention to me. ‘And some of the most curious came to the cell and started sniffing me and my camera. ‘At this point, I tried not to make a sound, and all that could be heard was the bear breathing and the sound of mosquito flies around his nose.