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Mother and Cub

Mother and Cub
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coasties Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-16 4:51
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This mother and cub were part of a group of 15 bears feating on the remains of a dead sperm whale. They were having a rest - I quite liked the pose even though you cannot see the cub's head.

Taken from a zodiac using a 300mm lense with 1.4 converter. The original image has been cropped.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-16 5:00]

Hi James,
What a peaceful photo... I like the pose you captured a lot even thought the pup's face cannot be seen. Composition, and the exposure handling on the whites are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

Oh James this is beautiful....what a sweet photo. Glad to hear you were a safe distance away! The postion they are in is perfectt , I love her feet!! I must check out some of your other photos later! TFS

Hi James
nice paws! unfortunately no eye contact
IMHO compo is not really good with more space to the left and closed image at the head.
Nevertheless a picture I would like to shoot one day

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-16 5:17]

Hi James,
i love the pose of the mother - you can tell her belly's full and she's flat out having a post feast snooze! The cub is just a great bonus. Great focus and a wonderfully toned subtle background. I'm constantly amazed at the quality of your shots from those Zodiacs.
One for my faves, thanks James.

Hello James,
Lovely shot of mom and cub.
I like the way you cropped this image very much because in this case attention is more on the feet of the mother bear while normally one would make the crop on the head less tight.
Exposure, DOF and sharpness are spot on.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-16 6:11]

Hi james,

a nice capture of this relaxing family,exposure and focus are spot on ,wel done and tfs


Very nice photo.... great detail on the bear and super POV. I like the DOF, softens that BG just enough to keep it from being a distraction. Lovely family pose. TFS, Mish

Hello James,
Well composed. Great scenery and moment you captured here.
Technically you coped partially with specular highlights .
The noisy (not a lot) background could be dealt with easily through editing.

Hello James,
You are so lucky to see those superb animals! I love this pose too that let us see the impressive mother's foot :) This is a tender moment that you captured with great skills;,
natural exposure and beautiful details. Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-16 8:40]

Hello James,
WOnderful capture of Mum and babe. I like the way she's resting flat on her tummy with her big feet stretched out looking very relaxed. The cub is nicely snuggled up too. I like the pebbles in the foreground and the beautifully coloured background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello James,
I do agreed with you that this is a good pose and I quite like it too!
good clarity, colour and details!
thank you so much for sharing for us to enjoy!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-16 9:52]

Hi James,

I love it! I agree - the pose is spectacular even with seeing the cub's face. He looks so comfortable snuggled against his mother. And she looks so content. A beautiful touching capture. Fantastic whites!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-16 10:16]

Hello James,
Perfect POV, the lazy bears seems not to be bothered by your presence. Great composition and texture, wonderful pose.. Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

fantastic pic, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-16 14:04]

Hi James. This is Beautiful. and to be so close. the pose is very nice. very good work with the bright light. very well done TFS.

hi james!
zen!you handled very wellwith the whites!nice focus!
and i like the paws,like if i could smell them till here ;-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-16 18:55]

Hello James

Hmmm like a bear rug but warm.A wonderful moment captured.The pose is excellent,fantastic composition with great focus and details.The exposure is spot on.,TFS


Hi James,
Wonderful image of this mum and cub! Great details and sharpness and good handling of the whites! Beautiful pose, well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-17 2:23]

James, Very nice and what a composition. The love is unimaginable. Well done TFS Ganesh

Hi James

Awesome!! love this shot.... congrats!

Hi James.
Excellent moment caught here, love the feet sprawled out the back. Great DOF, detail and exposure. They really stand out when there is no snow around them. Wonderful image

New Zealand

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-19 11:32]

hello James,
Very touching this picture, even if I wouldn't go to close to the both. Looks very peaceful and idyllic.
Thanks and best regards

Hi James,

This is beautiful, but oh so dangerous. Try to come closer and you will be eaten by these kind polarbears. And a Zodiac is not the most safe place. POV and DOF are oké. Compo could be better, but that is not a real remark (-: Anyway James Weldone. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-25 0:54]

Hi James,
I missed this one!!
Sharp and very detailed.
Great DOF.
Well done,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-07-30 0:13]

Hello James,
Charming moment. A bit overexposed though but what do you expect from the automated metering? Best,

What more can I say?

Hi James,
A very nice photo of both mom and cub. The OOF rocky background is a very nice touch to this image as most the time you almost always see images of white snowy backgrounds with these beautiful bears. :)

Brilliant capture
brilliant pose
Lovely atmosphere.

A slight exposure bias might have helped to capture more details in the fur. But if the crop is large there is no way you could have got more details.

Ideally the bears would have been uncentered to the left.

Terrific post anyway


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