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Polar Bear
Polar Bear

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Olympus E-300 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital
Location: St. Louis Zoo
Date: Aug 5, 2006
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2006

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Comments: 7
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Polar bear setting spread eagle on a rock.

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03/28/2008 01:55:53 PM
Nice shot - love the blue tone to give it a nice cold feel.

these animals are huge.
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03/28/2008 12:28:23 PM
Cool shot. I am jealous that you have these guys somewhere to photo. I think its another year or two before they come to our zoo. Not sure if I am digging the blue tone but the pose you caught is great.
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01/06/2008 10:08:59 AM
Initial thoughts
Lovely pose, creating a strong composition.

Composition/ Content
As you correctly surmised, I love wildlife and strong images of wildlife are always a pleasure to view. This portrait of a polar bear really shows off the bulk of the bear as well as his beautiful pale fur and his lovely feet. I like the pose you’ve captured here, relaxed, content, at ease.

The background is simple and uncluttered. I think you made the right decision to clone out fencing/ man-made objects that fell within the frame.

As well as the triangle of the bear I find myself drawn to verticals (in his two forelegs) and horizontals (backlegs, water, snow and rock lines).

You mentioned yourself that the position of the sun meant a blown out area on his side. I think you’ve done a great processing job to minimise that and the light and shadows do not seem too harsh.

The blue toning works well, though I’d be interested in seeing a straight black and white as well as a sepia toned version.

My Opinion On The Photo
Charming portrait of a polar bear.
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03/04/2007 07:46:10 PM
Like one of those stock photos from The Blue Day Book, which was so very successful a year or two back.
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03/04/2007 07:43:35 PM
This is fantastic.
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08/25/2006 02:09:30 AM
Originally posted by cornettcag:

Nifty photo - the big feet give him a 'Humph, I'm sitting now" attitude.

Thank you! He is lonely now that both his 'cell mates' have died this year.
08/25/2006 12:23:55 AM
Nifty photo - the big feet give him a 'Humph, I'm sitting now" attitude.
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