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Challenge: Breaking New Ground (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Bronx Zoo
Date: Jan 13, 2005
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2005

Didn't expect to score this high with this one since I didn't obviously meet the challenge. To me this was groundbreaking. I set out with the plan to capture a zoo shot that wasn't a typical zoo shot with animals just sitting around. I wanted something dynamic and wild. I was also experimenting with a tritone to give a cold winter feel on some of my landscapes and I thought it would be perfect for this photo. The secret is to go to the zoo on a cold rainy day after a lot of snow when nobody is around, pick an animal, and stick around for about 3 hours until they do something. Needless to say, I have a lot of polar bear photos. It was nice that I had this one as a clear favorite of the bunch. Deciding what to submit is usually such a dilema for me. I'll be uploading some of the others later this week.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 191
Avg (all users): 7.1190
Avg (commenters): 8.3214
Avg (participants): 6.6316
Avg (non-participants): 7.2984
Views since voting: 6272
Views during voting: 748
Votes: 353
Comments: 73
Favorites: 101 (view)


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11/30/2009 07:07:59 PM
You almost gave me a heartattack with this photo! I would've probably died from one had this been taken in the wilderness. Stunning photo!
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11/30/2009 03:46:09 PM
Wow - this is pretty amazing!
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12/29/2007 03:04:59 PM
What an amazingly cool shot this is (no pun intended). A perfect 10! Cheers, Sandra.
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12/18/2006 09:09:55 PM
This never happens for me... not even at the taxidermist! Great image that is definately 10 shades above any zoo photo I have ever seen.
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08/14/2006 05:27:14 PM
I've had this faved for years and never commented. It is an epic shot! Still love coming back to it. Cheers dude.
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01/11/2006 06:00:08 PM
Beautiful photo. I have a hunch that I would like this photo better in color, but I haven't seen the color version so I don't know. Nice stop action.
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01/11/2006 02:14:57 PM
that was worth the wait, wasn't it?
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10/25/2005 12:01:32 AM
Just incredible!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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08/21/2005 09:02:32 AM
This is an amazing photograph and a great testament to your skill and patience. The back wall isn't the best background, but the bears more than make up for it - their sheer physical presence and power is stunning. What a payoff huh!
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08/15/2005 08:37:01 PM
I SAID I HAD A HEADACHE!

WOW.
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08/15/2005 06:35:58 PM
WOW.... AWESOME.... your time certainly paid off.. well done and congrats... i love this one......
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07/27/2005 01:43:44 PM
I must say i was very impressed... i love shots of "Catch the moment"..
it seemes like you gave the background the right contrast and light..
the background here plays a great role... it just make it from great to AMAZING..
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06/04/2005 06:17:19 PM
I love these rare/beautiful types of moments captured in complete stillness.
Congrats, you have caught something so much photographer spend days/weeks trying to capture.

An amazing piece of work.
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03/16/2005 06:20:40 PM
This phot is unbelievable. I couldn't tell it was a zoo shot but I would love to have been the photographer.

I know it isn't luck, it is deserved. When I would get a rare shot I would tell people I was lucky. But after thinking about it, I paid my dues by shooting every chance I got, so I deserved (earned) the photograph.

Congrats.

Lenny
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02/24/2005 06:50:02 PM
An amazing capture. Great job!
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02/16/2005 04:54:19 PM
Just saw this. Love it. Almost looks like a painting. Congratulations on a great pic. You should make it available as a print. Adding to my favorites.
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02/02/2005 01:24:10 PM
talk about an exciting photo!
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01/29/2005 10:45:00 PM
i love the grain, subject matter, and monochromatic look to this. fine work!
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01/29/2005 09:41:04 PM
JPR, I did a doubletake when I read that you took this at the Bronx Zoo of all places. I'm rarely impressed with "zoo shots", but this is incredible. I have to get up to da Bronx before the temps thaw...
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01/28/2005 09:29:08 AM
Stunning!
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01/27/2005 05:33:41 PM
I suspected this was a zoo shot even though it is an extremely "realistic" depiction of a natural shot -- it really makes no difference except for your safety. I wish it wasn't missing quite so much of the left bear, but it's a (very) minor point. Great work!

Are you interested in publishing your tritone formula?
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01/27/2005 05:12:01 PM
you are sooo goood man!
This should have ribboned!!
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01/27/2005 01:14:15 PM
I have never ever seen or heard about an animal zoo photo like that one! So it is breaking new ground in my opinion.
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01/26/2005 07:26:25 PM
Simply awesome. This had to score high, even though it wasn't all that easy to see how it fit the challenge. Technically, visually, emotionally SUPERB!
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01/26/2005 06:09:20 PM
Jason, this is an awesome image and one I'll be adding to my favorites! Congratulations on your 6th placing for this fantastic shot!
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01/26/2005 02:23:23 PM
patience is a virtue they say...

incredible photo - nice cool feel - definately doesn't look like a caged animal photo.

well done.
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01/26/2005 02:11:09 PM
Very nice shot... the 'action' here is quite intense...
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01/26/2005 01:26:46 PM
this is one of the best photos I´ve seen here on dpc period!
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01/26/2005 01:06:59 PM
This is really really amazing.
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01/26/2005 10:32:47 AM
Great tone and feeling. Well deserved top 10!
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01/26/2005 09:55:58 AM
Wow.... I thought this was a blue all the way. Should have finished top 3, but I guess 6th is not that bad. Great job. This is a National Geographic cover in my opinion.
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01/26/2005 08:21:00 AM
Amazing capture and what a lovely tint! This is one of those images that impress all viewers. It has the feel of a natural location. The 6th placing speak of its great strenght.
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01/26/2005 03:39:18 AM
Incredible shot man, gave it a 10, I thought it was taken in the Arctic, lol. Great tone too...
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01/26/2005 01:51:34 AM
This is easily the best shot I've seen of Polar Bears ever, and taken at a Zoo of all places, lol
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01/26/2005 01:08:17 AM
Great action shot, and the tritone works really well here. How long did you have to wait?
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01/26/2005 12:45:53 AM
I hoped you would ribbon, awesome shot!
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01/26/2005 12:33:25 AM
Jason, you're hitting it rich here =). Congrats on an awsome shot.
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01/26/2005 12:30:45 AM
Holy cow- back to back sevens! You are on fire!
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01/26/2005 12:28:22 AM
this is an incredible shot!
i'm upset, still i gave it blue :)
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01/26/2005 12:24:36 AM
6th? sigh.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2005 11:19:14 PM
Love it Love it Love it! My favorite out of all of them.
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01/25/2005 06:52:53 PM
wow--this is very cool, a little polar bear scrap action. :) awesome capture.
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01/25/2005 04:53:11 PM
just my opinion but i think this is the winner for this comp, fantastic capture
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01/25/2005 10:12:00 AM
What can I say. Good composition, with no distracting background. B&W was a good choice.
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01/25/2005 08:53:56 AM
Excellent composition and BW balance- the raw power of these bears is told in this technically perfect photo
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01/25/2005 04:37:40 AM
This is absolutely incredible! i wondered if you meant to enter this one into "best of 2004"! really REALLY amazing. Good luck 9
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01/24/2005 07:04:23 PM
holy sh*t. i just dont know what to say. congrats, this is truly unbelievable. 10+++
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01/24/2005 05:53:46 PM
awesome! i love this one
what a moment, the tone compliments it just great!
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01/24/2005 05:14:11 PM
WOW!
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01/24/2005 08:53:15 AM
not new ground but great pic... 7
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01/24/2005 12:16:48 AM
this is a shot I would love to take, fabulous! 10
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01/24/2005 12:04:53 AM
This is a fantastic shot, not sure if its breaking new ground, I'll give you the benifit of the doubt.
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01/23/2005 02:14:14 PM
Awesome! But what is the innovative technique?
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01/23/2005 10:31:28 AM
amazing, must ribbon!
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01/23/2005 12:13:09 AM
wow that is a great photo, can't wait to hear the story behind capturing it!
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01/22/2005 09:53:50 PM
great shot, but I'd probably like it better in full color
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01/22/2005 03:36:10 PM
Excellent wildlife photo. Captured with a very good exposition and conservation of details. Congratulations. 10, 11 if possible.
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01/22/2005 01:09:24 PM
That's a great photo. Not sure about breaking new ground. (Is this not 'wildlife photography' ?)
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01/21/2005 07:18:31 PM
This is too good to be true.... If this is for real, and not a shot of a poster/wall, this is clearly the winner. Actually, I don't care if this is real or not, this is the coolest image I've seen in a long time. Thanks. 10 none the less, congrats on the blue ribbon.
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01/20/2005 10:27:50 PM
this is an amazing shot...WOW!
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01/20/2005 03:59:07 AM
Wow, this is such a great shot - one of the best i have ever seen on DPC - in fact probably the best.

However, it seems like you know you had a decent image, and needed to find a way to submit it to a challenge. Not really anything here indicative of a ground breaking technique or even style. I can lean toward the style aspect with it's coloring I guess..but wouldn't be surprised if that was a Photoshop job rather than camera technique (hope not)

Will be interesting to see how this fairs.

Regardless, this is a wonderful image, and one that i expect to be seen in many peoples favorites. You got mine.


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01/20/2005 02:42:33 AM
Knocked my socks off 10
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01/20/2005 01:21:18 AM
Wow! Where were these fellows? I really love this.
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01/19/2005 10:05:04 PM
this is my favorite photograph of this challenge so far
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01/19/2005 05:08:12 PM
Great pic! But I bet this is getting a lot of "doesn't meet the challenge"
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01/19/2005 03:52:48 PM
Most impressive shot- but without some clue in the title, it's hard for me to feel like this really meets the challenge. Too bad you didn't take this during a free study week!
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01/19/2005 03:24:57 PM
wow very intense photo. great capture.
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01/19/2005 02:11:48 PM
amazing. where was the photographer?
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01/19/2005 12:39:17 PM
This is truly an exciting photograph. I gave it a 10 for everything from lighting, to composition, to the fact that you were there at the right time to capture this shot. Good luck in the challenge.
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01/19/2005 09:19:31 AM
what a great shot. I'm not sure how it meets the challenge, but it's an amazing shot, hope your shooting with a long lense!
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01/19/2005 03:23:26 AM
hope no one got hurt lol
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01/19/2005 01:37:04 AM
How in the world did you get this pic? Wow, my blue ribbon choice by far... beautiful job!
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01/19/2005 12:04:25 AM
Awesome photo, but I'm not sure how it fits with the challenge...
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