Lovely pose, creating a strong composition.
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.