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Bear Hug

By AnnetteK
This is my first post.

This was taken a Whipsnade Zoo on a great day out with my wonderful friend.

I was lucky enough to have captured a very short display of affection between these two gorgeous Brown Bears.

I wasn’t in the best position to catch them but it was amazing to see.

Any comments would be welcome as I am learning all the time.


Tags: Bears Brown Wildlife and nature

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pamelajean Plus
13 1.3k 2099 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2019 8:15PM
Welcome to ePHOTOzine, Annette.

A zoo is a good place to practice "wildlife" photography, to get up close to various animals, and to try to capture something of their personalities and habits.
This you have successfully done here and, although the angle isn't ideal for capturing their expressions (and you appreciate that, which is a good thing because you will strive to do better next time). But you have used good timing to get an image of their interaction rather than just have them sitting or standing and looking bored.

Your shutter speed is fast enough to freeze their movements.
When composing, try not to place your subject/s in the centre of your frame, if at all possible. Offsetting them is more engaging.

Keep up the good work.


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Thank you Pamela

Your advice is most welcome and I will make sure i keep that in mind.
dudler Plus
16 996 1552 England
18 Aug 2019 9:34PM
And welcome from me, too, Annette.

All the technical settings are fine, and the composition is sound. Wildlife is largely a matter of waiting until the right thing happens in the right place - it requires patience and (ideally) knowledge of animal behaviour, which is why I've never got into it, being impatient...

My only real contribution here is to say that while sunshine feels good, it ups the contrast in pictures, and makes life relatively difficult - 'cloudy bright' is far easier to deal with! As it is, you need to take care not to lose detail in highlights and shadows. Shooting in RAW gives you more potential control...
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4069 Canada
19 Aug 2019 1:25AM
Welcome Annette.

I have uploaded a modification thats a little brighter, closer to an exposure with no negative correction just to compare.

In the real world, its most often + exposure compensation that would be used rather than negative, though this worked out quite good.

Have fun


Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 10:08AM
Annette, welcome to the site
a great first image to start with, but as I was with you...!!Wink
I know you were on raw only..but will explain where and how you change that setting
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2119 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 11:33AM
Welcome from me too.

I suspect that a Raw file has had a certain amount of work, to compensate for strong afternoon sun. The result is a wee bit flat, lifted by Willie's mod.

I guess that the minus exposure compensation was intended to reduce the risk of overexposure on lighter coloured fur and grasses? If you are shooting Raw files, I don't think it was necessary.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1288 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2019 7:43PM
I must say that for most of my photography, if compensations is needed, it is usually negative. Only for aircraft flying, and flying birds am I likely to use positive. The positioning of the bears is just a little unfortunate - a slightly more side view would be better if they turned.

There is nothing wrong with zoo photography, and the skill is to create images that look natural, which is oftn quite possible - not looking like the animal is captive.


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