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Posted by jay on Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:58 pm

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One of my wildlife photographer friends described this image as having many layers --starting with ice bergs in the foreground, polar bear the subject, tundra with some more icebergs, typical mountains of Svalbard and the sky lighted by autumn light. For that reason, it is by far my most favourite image. 

Nikon D850 Nikon 70-200 mm f2.8 @ 72 mm
I/1250 s, f4, ISO 900.

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by Carol Clarke on Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:13 am
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As your friend pointed out, this image has many parts and they come together so well in this evocative view of the polar bear in its natural habitat. No wonder this is a favourite, Jay. A very powerful animalscape that speaks of the uncertainty of the future of these magnificent creatures. Well done!

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by Steve Kaluski on Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:25 am
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Hi Jay, wished you posted 1200 wide here to emphasis scale.

Layering in this instance is key, as it creates depth to an image, it's all about taking a 2D image and turning it into a 3D version. Maybe a few frames on where the bear was clear of the ice may have been better, but I do like the subject being off centre. Not sure what the dark shadow is that is creeping in from the RHS Jay, overlapping the water and ice, LR adjustment? The push again on the colour of the sky works, just watch your blues here Jay. Good call shooting with the 70-200 and glad you kept SS highish.

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by Robert Sabin on Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:43 am
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Carol Clarke wrote:
As your friend pointed out, this image has many parts and they come together so well in this evocative view of the polar bear in its natural habitat.  No wonder this is a favourite, Jay.  A very powerful animalscape that speaks of the uncertainty of the future of these magnificent creatures.  Well done!

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by jay on Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:00 am
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Carol Clarke wrote:
As your friend pointed out, this image has many parts and they come together so well in this evocative view of the polar bear in its natural habitat.  No wonder this is a favourite, Jay.  A very powerful animalscape that speaks of the uncertainty of the future of these magnificent creatures.  Well done!

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by Mark Boranyak on Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:01 am
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Yep, one outstanding image. Congrats.
 

by jay on Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:05 am
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Steve Kaluski wrote:
Hi Jay, wished you posted 1200 wide here to emphasis scale.

Layering in this instance is key, as it creates depth to an image, it's all about taking a 2D image and turning it into a 3D version. Maybe a few frames on where the bear was clear of the ice may have been better, but I do like the subject being off centre. Not sure what the dark shadow is that is creeping in from the RHS Jay, overlapping the water and ice, LR adjustment? The push again on the colour of the sky works, just watch your blues here Jay. Good call shooting with the 70-200 and glad you kept SS highish.

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Hi Steve,

I do have a few frames with better head position and bear is further into the frame but still off center. Will have to check about the shadow - good eyes, but sure it may be vignette. Can easily be fixed. I am glad I shot so wide ( 72 mm) as tighter image would have missed most of the habitat which does add the image in this case. Blues -- are you saying they are oversaturated? Will check. Thanks for your comments.
 

by Steve Kaluski on Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:37 am
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Hi Jay, I would loose the vignette, on a wide angle like this it makes no sense. Vignettes are an old photographic trick and still have their place, but not here IMHO. Blues, yes, I know we have discussed this, but for me it's too much of a cast. Keep it below the mountain range, as it may then offer a 'cleaner' look to the range, and likewise the tabacco sky, albeit effected by the vignette. 

As I said before, you know the way I think & work and hereI feel you might be over thinking the image Jay, keep it simple and avoid the 'kitchen sink or Color Efex' then image will then have it's own presence.  :)
 

by david fletcher on Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:54 am
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Evocative image Jay. Tells of an uncertain future as Carol mentioned
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by SantaFeJoe on Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:54 pm
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Love it as presented. When clicked on it is perfect.

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by Ron Day on Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:04 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
As your friend pointed out, this image has many parts and they come together so well in this evocative view of the polar bear in its natural habitat.  No wonder this is a favourite, Jay.  A very powerful animalscape that speaks of the uncertainty of the future of these magnificent creatures.  Well done!

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I agree, congratulations on this very fine image.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:23 pm
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Absolutely fantastic in every way!!! Polar Bear images are always great but in this environment to put the whole scene into context is superb.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:34 pm
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I can see why you love this- it's just got everything one would want in a polar photo-really striking and strong in content/composition. Congratulations on the EP!
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by Paul Rossi on Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:38 pm
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This is a great image without the polar bear. But with the it the image is awesome. I too would like to see you post another image when the bear is a little further ahead.
 

by jay on Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:19 pm
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Many thanks for all the C&C and viewing. Special thanks to editors as well. Much appreciated.
 

by clement on Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:17 am
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Brilliant one Jay.. its sums up it all..
 

by Cindy Marple on Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:30 am
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Beautiful animalscape! Well done.
 

by bobmcrae on Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:30 pm
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Absolutely beautiful image, love it. Congratulations!
 

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