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Saviour's silhouette


Posted by jay on Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:09 am

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We found this bear on the penultimate day of our expedition to Svalbard. Trip thus far had been underwhelming. And though we spotted this bear early in the morning, we spent over 7 hrs in the zodiac over three separate trips without having any luck to photograph this handsome male polar bear. Finally, when we gave up all hope, it reappeared on the shore at around 7 pm and we could spend 1 hour photographing it against various backgrounds and light conditions. Hence the title!

For this image, to create silhouette, I chose manual mode with 1/1600s, f4.0 ISO 64 to get -1.67 EV values. So image came out pretty much done, not requiring much to be done in post processing except recovering colours in the sky.

Nikon D850, Nikon 70-200 mm f2.8 @ 200 mm.

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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:59 am
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Very cool shot! Well done!
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:56 am
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Love the silhouette -makes a very dramatic contrast with the sky. I find this a poignant portrayal of the polar bear in it's dark hour.
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by SantaFeJoe on Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:44 am
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Great silhouette with an absolutely recognizable subject, diagonal leading line and the legs are free of merges. Perfect timing and just a touch of color.

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by david fletcher on Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:23 am
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Well done! Great persistence. Cracking image
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:19 pm
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A fine, clear silhouette of this iconic hunter, Jay.  The late light blush in the background sky takes this striking image to the next level.  Well done!

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by Cindy Marple on Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:02 pm
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Passion, patience and persistence- attributes that are so helpful for wildlife photographers, and that paid off well for you here. Lovely silhouette, and the color really makes this special.
 

by jay on Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:36 pm
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by Steve Kaluski on Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:12 am
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Hi Jay, certainly dramatic and the diagonal creates a strong comp. Your choice was good on both techs and going backlit, albeit -1.67EV has pushed the sky to being a bit more dramatic than I think it might have been :) .

Just watch for the halos creeping in against the sky. Was Nakita steering the zodiac?

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by jay on Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:24 am
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Hi Steve,

I went with Wildphoto. So no Nakita. I did not have to do much tweaking in PP. So did not observe halos. We all have selective memory, so you might be right about sky -:) (how do you manage to get emoji in there?!)
 

by Steve Kaluski on Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:14 am
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Along with Loi I guess.

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by David J. Bogener on Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:58 pm
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Excellent Silhoutte! Love the angled slope and the little patches of cloud color . Well done.
 

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