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    We found this guy searching the pack ice for seals about a quarter of a mile away, again taking our time to approach, perhaps 30-45 mins not wishing to spook or harass he changed direction and came to us.

    Thanks to those who posted or viewed on the last posting.

    Steve

    Subject: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)
    Location: Svalbard
    Camera: Canon 1DX MKII
    Lens: 500f/4 MKII HH
    Exposure: 1/1600s at f/5.6 ISO5000
    Original format: Landscape, slight crop.
    Processed via: LRCC & PS2020

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    Superb POV and pose from this Bear, Steve.

    Love the eye contact! As well as composition/image design Very nice detail ( subject, as well as FG) and sharpness is there in good measure.

    Colours look natural and I notice you've retained a bit of that blue from the ice in the FG. Really like the 3D feel of this frame which I think partially due to the way in which you played with colours...as well as your choice of DoF.

    Hope some day I will have an opportunity to see and photograph Polar Bears... you make it look so easy but I am sure it would be quite a challenge

    I so enjoyed viewing, thank you so much for sharing,

    Warmest regards,
    Gabriela Plesea

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    This is another belter. Excellent field work, terrific details and lovely shooting angle as well. Very nicely done in terms of framing, exposure, and PP work.

    What a fine image Steve.

    And like Gabriela, I too wish to see this specie live and have some photography opportunities.

    TFS !

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    Thanks folks, the blue was quite evident on this trip, the main issue is retaining 'lock on' because of how AF works.

    And like Gabriela, I too wish to see this specie live and have some photography opportunities.
    We were very lucky, Loi who I think you know wasn't and it can be 'hit or miss', so get the main subjects you want to photograph first, then do the PB's. And when you do I will give you everything you need to know, and ETTR is key, irrespective of what you see on the LCD screen, it's the Histogram.

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    Thanks Steve, what a great frame. Love the head-0n pose, the eye contact, the super details and pleasing comp. I too would love to do PB sometime. This and the Katmai for brown bears are on my Wishlist.

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    Hi Steve .... he was coming to get you !!!
    A very intense moment , i guess . Love the walking pose with the paw lifted and fixating the lens !!!
    High class out put as usual with a great tonal range and the subtle blue creeping in , in LRC !
    Just for curiosity .... surprised to see that good DOF for the aperture ??!!! Do you remember the FP point ?
    Glad you got these great opportunities with the PB , i had the same as Loi ..... nothing even close to that !!!!

    Thanks a big bunch for sharing this nice image . Cheers Andreas

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    Do you remember the FP point ?
    Based on the grid 16 sq/21 portrait/16sq, the FP was top left of the RH block, single point on the right eye as viewed.

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    Polar bear! Nice eye contact with this one. Like the setting as well. Detail looks great.

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