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Challenge: Wildlife (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Vancouver
Date: Oct 1, 2004
Aperture: 5.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2004

This photo was taken on the top of Grouse Mountain (above the city of Vancouver). The conservation authority found oprhaned cubs last year. The bears now live in a huge habitat and are free to hide from humans and explore the woods whenever they want. They sometimes come out for a bath and a bit of a bear fight (shown here) and it was quite fun to watch at a safe distance, behind an electric fence. They were able to release two others to the wild last year, but these two were too used to humans.

It was a really bright sunny day so the image suffered a bit. I had to use the burn tool quite a bit b/c the teeth and gums were really over-exposed. I increased saturation, decreased brightness, increased contrast, unsharp mask and then sharpen. I also blurred a bit of the background.

Statistics
Place: 11 out of 160
Avg (all users): 6.8220
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.5306
Avg (non-participants): 7.1290
Views since voting: 1408
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 191
Comments: 26
Favorites: 3 (view)


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10/11/2004 01:09:14 AM
Very cool shot, I think it should have been in the 7's...
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10/11/2004 12:13:37 AM
Congratulations on your 11th placing with this scary scene. What a capture !
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2004 10:45:00 PM
This has a really "wild" feel to it. Nice focus and lighting. I would have cropped the left side since there is nothing there that helps the composition. I don't always like the square format but it would have worked nicely here.
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10/10/2004 12:02:55 AM
Wonderful shot--good sharpness and DOF. Or was the background darkened in PS? It seems there's some light halos by the top of his head, and by his lower right fang.
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10/07/2004 11:19:18 PM
This is a scary image. The bear is obviously not happy about getting his picture taken. Great capture. The expression is priceless. Good luck in the challenge.
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10/07/2004 10:36:50 PM
Great capture!
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10/07/2004 03:56:22 PM
Great picture! You really seem to have captured the moment here...I wish the head was a tad bit more in focus, though...
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10/07/2004 11:56:14 AM
You sure are brave! I would have been running the other way...he sure looks MEAN! Good capture! 9
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10/06/2004 09:21:04 PM
I would not have liked to meet this guy one on one! Nice picture!
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10/05/2004 09:46:24 PM
If this was in the wild, I sure hope you were in a bus! This is exactly how most people probably imagine what a bear encounter would look like. Good sharp shot, with overall pleasing composition. Good work. -danny
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10/05/2004 07:07:50 PM
I don't understand this crop for this shot ... that dead background space image left. It's only effect seems to have been to place the real dynamic elements of the shot dead centre, which simply pull attention away from them toward that dead space - the eye is constantly drawn there, and there is nothing there to add impact. Cropped almost square to the edge of those water drops and you'd have a fabulous image. Your white point seems a touch bright, also - a touch more graduation through the tonal range would have brought out the depth that you have captured I think. Great moment, but let down by your editing I fear.
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10/05/2004 12:20:23 PM
Oooooooh. . . I sure hope you were in a zoo for this one. That would NOT be a face I would like to see close enough to get THIS shot -- even with a mega zoom lense, huh??? Zoo or not, this is a great capture of a very ferrocious wild animal!
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10/05/2004 11:37:56 AM
Wow. I found the 10 for this challenge.. Can't make this look any wilder, maybe with his maouth clamped on a camera. Can't wait to see the details of this shot. Great work...
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10/04/2004 10:06:09 PM
Yikes! We were in grizzly country this summer. I'm sure glad we didn't see this! Excellent catch.
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10/04/2004 09:51:38 PM
this is great. i am an artist. may i have your permission to paint this someday? www.elenassketches.freeservers.com
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10/04/2004 09:27:29 PM
Great photograph. Good dof. Hope you used a long telephoto lens to take this one!
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10/04/2004 04:26:27 PM
Brilliant
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10/04/2004 04:07:19 PM
Very exciting, nice stop action. 9
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10/04/2004 02:21:48 PM
wow.. amazing image. i almost cracked and gave this my first 10.. but you'll have to settle for a 9.
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10/04/2004 01:13:31 PM
Good subject. I love the DOF and focus. Great job.
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10/04/2004 01:05:08 PM
Wow! If you got this in the wild, and it looks as if you did, hope you stayed away from his salmon! (Of course you did, or you wouldn't be entering this Challenge.)

Seriously, this is a super photo - extremely well done. Should ribbon easily. 10
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10/04/2004 11:03:27 AM
WOW...very cool. He looks mighty pissed off! I hope you have a really big telephoto lens!
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10/04/2004 06:59:14 AM
lol, did he eat you after this picture?

I love the picture though :)
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10/04/2004 12:57:21 AM
What an excellent capture. The only thing that holds this shot back for me is the lack of contrast between the bear and the background. Otherwise excellent. 9.
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10/04/2004 12:57:14 AM
very nice capture of intensity.... excellent work :)
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10/04/2004 12:31:50 AM
WOW, what a capture! I really like the "madness". (10)

Good luck...
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