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Taken just outside Churchill (Canada) on the Tundra from a Tundra Buggy

Brand:Sony
Lens:70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Nov 2013 - 1:04 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:+1.7
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Mature Male Polar Bear
Username:grinningsoul2011 grinningsoul2011
Uploaded:28 Mar 2014 - 9:20 PM
Tags:Polar bear, Wildlife / nature
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2946 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2014 - 3:39 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The famous bears of Churchill, Manitoba.

This is a good shot overall. This bear looks like its not impressed, but perhaps its interested in potential food from visitors.

Looking at the shot settings, you tried, as you should, to take that bright background, and bear into account with exposure, using + 1.7. You would think that would be at least enough, but it looks still a little underexposed, so a +2 was likely needed. Must have been extremely bright.

I imagine the ISO 800 was from an earlier shot, as you really didnt need it that high, but theres no obvious evidence of any ISO noise.

SLT-A65V is the camera model the EXIF data has captured, and low noise is typical for this camera.

In addition to a little more exposure, (this correction slightly warms the white balance), I would suggest perhaps a positioning of the bear more to the left, as in the modification? Not entirely necessary, but it may make the image a little more dynamic. In the mod, I moved space on the left, over to the right, which switched your signature too.

Hope this is helpful,


regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 29 Mar 2014 - 3:40 AM

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chr1sm45on
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29 Mar 2014 - 8:36 AM

He's a big lad!! Nice one

Chris Wink

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom874 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2014 - 10:19 AM

Have to be impressed. Not something I get in my back garden. Struggling with a fox at the moment.

Just slightly under exposed, hence the slight blue cast. Even your +1.7 was not quite enough with all that white. 2 stops needed.

Paul

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grinningsoul2011
grinningsoul2011 e2 Member 3grinningsoul2011 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 2:46 PM

Thank you Willie, Chris and Paul for taking time to look and comments they are all very helpful.

Willie a big thank you for your detailed critique it is just the sort of feedback I need to move my photography on and improve my images so thank you for taking the time.

Chris thanks he was the largest and most battle scarred we saw.

Paul I love foxes lucky you getting them visit your garden, but I bet they are a difficult subject, good luck. I look forward to seeing the results of your efforts.

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