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By Stuarty
I have stacks of polar bear shots from my recent trip, some very cute, but this one is probably one of the best from a compositional point of view.

Tags: Arctic Ice Svalbard Wildlife and nature Polar bears Bear cubs

Voters: rusmi, warbstowcross, AlleyCatz and 135 more

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rusmi 17 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 9:49AM
simply MAGNIFICENT! very well done!
8 Oct 2007 9:51AM
To say that I am green with envy is an understatement. What an opportunity well taken. Exposure is spot o, lifting the textures in the ice on the left and the polar bear's fur.
Well done
una 17 10 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 9:53AM
Fabulous shot, lighting and comp.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
8 Oct 2007 9:53AM

Quote:probably one of the best from a compositional point of view.

Wow, you can say that again! Almost like they were posing for you - in fact, had you told them were to stand, you probably couldn't have done better with your composition. Wonderful shot!
NeilM 14 England
8 Oct 2007 9:54AM
stunning image! Terrific capture.

yemtrav 14 9 England
8 Oct 2007 9:54AM
Excellent, very well taken
MartaHari 13 1 Spain
8 Oct 2007 9:55AM
a stunning wildlife shot !
8 Oct 2007 9:58AM

buttercup 13 4
8 Oct 2007 10:00AM
Cant add much to what has already been said !
Simply stunning.
pennyspike 17 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 10:03AM
As has been said already, simply stunning, it should do well wherever you choose to show it.
It almost looks as if the are floating on clouds.
Such a pity we can't see it large.
AlleyCatz 15 274 6 England
8 Oct 2007 10:09AM
Love thier pose....they are gorgeous.
Excellent capture indeed.


obriendavy 14 53 Ireland
8 Oct 2007 10:14AM
Stunning image, I think you captured natures beauty at its best.

RosaB 14 61 2 Greece
8 Oct 2007 10:16AM
What an experience to see these in the wild! Fantastic capture! Brilliant!
KarenFB Plus
15 5.6k 182 England
8 Oct 2007 10:17AM
Wow! What an amazing shot, it must have been wonderful to actually be there and experience their company. Brilliant!
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 10:17AM
This is amazing! Well done! Look forward to seeing more. Marilyn x
Diana 14 2.0k 19 Netherlands
8 Oct 2007 10:18AM
oooja booja boo
apart from cute it's a stunning comp and all the above and the rest which will obviously follow....this is such a winner

TRimages 14 1 England
8 Oct 2007 10:18AM
Exposureand composition is spot on. deserves a lot more votes.
8 Oct 2007 10:18AM
ejtumman 16 2.8k England
8 Oct 2007 10:27AM
This is a amazing shot. Very well done!!

Emma Smile
nothsafoto 15 170 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 10:35AM
You lucky B$%ta*d. Wink

This is just sheer brilliant.

Hoffy 16 262 16 England
8 Oct 2007 10:39AM
Outstanding picture.
Melanie_M 15 168 9 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 10:43AM
How fortunate you were.
Wonderful formation they make, against the ice and the blue of the sea.
Absolutely love it.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
8 Oct 2007 10:51AM
This is unbelievable, three polar bears posing for you! Quite a remarkable shot. Carol
8 Oct 2007 10:52AM
Absolutely beautiful capture. Really cute bears. Add to my favourites.
Congrats for HC you really deserve it.

Pete 19 18.8k 97 England
8 Oct 2007 10:52AM
I can't help thinking the underwater ice near the adult polar bear looks like it's coming out of his mouth. Playing with nature, but I'd clone that patch back a touch so it leaves a clear area of water in front of the nose.
piccy 14 8 Wales
8 Oct 2007 10:52AM
Wow, in their natural habitat, lucky you. Great shot.
49er 14 564
8 Oct 2007 11:36AM
Excellent shot.. Must have been nice to see..
shortski 15 3 1 England
8 Oct 2007 11:45AM
superb shot and lucky lucky you....jojo
ChazB 15 64 3 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 11:47AM
Aww a superb and lovely capture!
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
8 Oct 2007 12:22PM
Definately a shot for the history archives. Its a seller. Great to see Mum and 2 cubs, just hope they survive. Fantastic photo, so well composed
Mikelane 13 1 Wales
8 Oct 2007 12:29PM
Superb shot .Well captured .Love it Well capt .
paulcr Plus
16 1.5k 9 Ireland
8 Oct 2007 12:36PM
Fantastic, not only did you manage to get a shot of these beautiful animals but to be lucky enough to get them posed as they are was an added bonus. Paul
tweety 15 8 Scotland
8 Oct 2007 12:51PM
been said before but this is an absolute stunning shot ! composition, colour, detail... everything is right here !
well done
8 Oct 2007 12:55PM
Hear hear to all of the above - superb picture !
nasia 13 Greece
8 Oct 2007 1:09PM
This is perfect,you are so lucky to be so close to them.I love it
mattmatic 17 598
8 Oct 2007 2:15PM
User_Removed 18 39 6 Scotland
8 Oct 2007 3:36PM

MalcolmM Plus
15 1.7k 5 Scotland
8 Oct 2007 4:41PM
Fantastic nature shot, great pose by adult & two cubs. Well done.
stevie 17 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 5:02PM
What a beautiful shot
RobDougall 14 25 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 5:16PM
Terrific shot - well done
glyndwr 13 91 10 Wales
8 Oct 2007 6:02PM

PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
8 Oct 2007 6:52PM
You nailed it. It has all the right elements.
janty66 13 3 England
8 Oct 2007 6:53PM
awesome capture...
csurry 19 9.2k 92
8 Oct 2007 7:19PM
Very nice to see, I have a trip of a lifetime for just this sort of photographic opportunity booked for next year. In the meantime I shall view yours with envy.
JouŠo 16 56 Finland
8 Oct 2007 7:40PM
high quality image!!!

Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 8:23PM
Superb wildlife shot, best i've seen for ages

phil beale 17 1.5k United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 8:52PM
Agree with all the comments above. Not a lot i can add to what has already been said.

Crazee1ady 13 16
8 Oct 2007 9:01PM
amazing pic :o)
Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
8 Oct 2007 9:05PM
Nic_WA 16 179 2 Australia
8 Oct 2007 10:55PM
Well done...I'd have been far too excited and overwhelmed to have taken a photo at all, never mind one as good as this Smile
Stuarty 16 122 England
9 Oct 2007 9:18AM
I am overwhelmed at the positive response, having only ever got 20 votes before and that being way above anything else in my pf. Thank you Pete for the HC (didn't know what this was until now!) and also for your suggestion. My cloning skills may not be good enough except for small size printing but I will have a go. It shows how difficult it is to be objective about your own shots: I hadn't noticed it.
Many thanks to you all, it is gratifying and encouraging.
Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 10:23AM
gorgeous capture...well done Smile
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 10:27AM
a wonderful image,
MarkT 16 119 2 England
9 Oct 2007 1:35PM
Beautiful Stuart and congrats on the HC.

willf1 16 51
9 Oct 2007 2:37PM
An amazing image. Timing and exposure is spot on. Look forward to seeing more.

canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 6:14PM
Wow what a STUNNING capture!
Congrats on the well deserved HC!
trissie 14 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 7:06PM
Stunning, simply stunning.
Congrats on your HC.

9 Oct 2007 7:19PM
albi 16 68 1 England
9 Oct 2007 8:22PM
Excellent work, superb detail in the whites..
9 Oct 2007 8:42PM
Oh my god - I love it!
trissie 14 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2007 9:19PM
Stunning, simply stunning.
Congratulations on your HC.

proberts 17 218 4 Wales
10 Oct 2007 7:50PM
Stunning shot.Up with the best wildlife shots we have seen on here.Look forward to more.
stevenb Plus
17 281 7 England
11 Oct 2007 10:46PM
Brilliant Top notch

12 Oct 2007 3:49PM
Absolutely fantastic. 100 people can't be wrong! JNC
AlanBW 15 20 England
12 Oct 2007 3:57PM
Brilliant capture, congrats
13 Oct 2007 6:48PM
Brilliant capture, one of the best i've seen on here in a while, excellent exposure and pin sharp.
13 Oct 2007 7:57PM
Fab shot

ToothPilot 14 50 4 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2007 9:51AM
You were on a nice trip here. Love the colour of the shot.
14 Oct 2007 11:44AM
This is absolutely stunning. An amazing shot. If this is not made an Editors Choice then there is no justice in the world. Sue More please
14 Oct 2007 11:57AM
Outstanding and perfect.
15 Oct 2007 11:21AM
Great comp and very cute (unless you get to close) Smile
clo99 13 England
15 Oct 2007 12:20PM
That is just amazing - fantastic! Clo
RuthyJ 14 England
15 Oct 2007 3:36PM
Breathtaking shot, Crystal clear and fantastic colours.
16 Oct 2007 2:11PM
perfect family portrait Smile
love the composition
Dennis_Bromage 13 45 20 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 3:33PM
All of your shots are beautiful but this one is special and one that I didn't even see. Fantastic composition and perfect exposure love it.
mattw 17 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 5:56PM
Simply stunning.
HowardA 14 231
6 Dec 2007 2:56PM
Beautiful. Wonderful moment in time.
MikeRC 15 3.6k United Kingdom
18 Feb 2008 3:45PM

XxPaulxX 15 265 England
4 Sep 2008 11:41PM
Beautiful! Smile

Natzdad 12 29 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2009 8:52PM
rachepix 13 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2009 1:06PM
Just wonderful !! i think this is the best or the polar pics that you have posted
crookymonsta Plus
13 842 10 England
29 Apr 2009 1:42PM
Missed this at the time as we were away. Well done for the award. Sandra

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