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Mature Male Polar Bear

By grinningsoul2011
Taken just outside Churchill (Canada) on the Tundra from a Tundra Buggy

Tags: Polar bear Wildlife and nature

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
29 Mar 2014 3:39AM
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,



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29 Mar 2014 8:36AM
He's a big lad!! Nice one

Chris Wink
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 10:19AM
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.

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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