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The Feast

The Feast
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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 EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bear photos, Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-16 8:44
Viewed: 5365
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken from a zodiac and shows Polar bears feasting on the remains of a sperm whale. There were 15 polar bears in total.
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Hello James,
This is a very nice shot, I have never seem so many Polar Bears in one place.. Great shot!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-16 8:50]

Hi James,
Very nice scane from wildlife.Well seen and composed.POV,details and exposure are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi James,

Nice wildlife shot. good detail..where is another 7 Polar Bears? TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-16 10:03]

Hi James,

You have seen the most wonderful sights in your many travels. I cannot imagine seeing 15 polar bears. A marvelous natural scene of these bears enjoying their meals. An interesting setting and a great composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-16 10:45]

Hi James. They are more interested in the whale. than you. Not one is looking over to you. Its so good to see as many at once. A true picture from the wild. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-16 10:47]

Hallo James,

Superb photo of this unique scene! The composition is great! Colors are brilliant and make a nice contrast. Sharpness is excellent . Great job! Thanks!


Hi James
Wonderful capture, well composed. I like the way you captured them against the gravel, it's a nice contrast to their light coloured coat.

I'm sure these Polar Bears appreciate the meal. It's not very often you see so many Polar Bears in one place.

Well done.
TFS Janice

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-16 11:18]

Hello James,
Great shot of these feeding polar bears with wonderful composition and focus. TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-16 11:44]

Love your Zodiac shots James, always an interesting POV! Each on of these Bears is perfectly placed for you and contrast beautifully against the grey shingle beach.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-16 12:00]

Hello James,
What a fantastic photo from your archive. Very beautiful and impressive scene. Great natural colours and an excellent compositon and sharpness.

Hi James, lovely composition with a lot of Polar bears in action, fantastic capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi James,

very nice shot of these group of these polar bears.
I don't know how long the survive on earth with the warming of te earth.


hello James,

What an interesting shot.
I have never seen such an accumulation of polar bears before! They are usually small family units or individuals.
The shot is well composed and shows lovely details of the bears and their environment.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Ohhh... what a great capture and also observation my brother James. You managed it so well though you are in an inappropriate condition, in a zodiac. Great details and also a wonderful document!
TFS this fine capture, Take care!


hello James

lovely shot of the polar bears, with fine POV and DOF,
i love that each one has his occupation of eating,
and love the scene of the 2 ones (mother/kid) on the background,



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-16 19:44]

Hello James,
Superb image with great depth of field with all the bears being quite sharp. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

Hello James

One word.
Another fantastic capture,I am in constant awe of your travel exploits.
I lead such a boring and mundane life in comparison.
This is the type of shot one would see in a magazine layout.(or in your book)
Excellent focus and detail.


Hi James,

Great work mate and Wolf has a good point, you can make me down for a copy :) I guess the only thing missing from this image is snow and ice, I hope this is'nt a sign of the times. superb job all the best.

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-17 1:15]

Hello James,
what an interesting perspective.
Great shot. Great colours.
Have a wonderful day

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-17 1:41]

Hi James

15 polar bears must be an incredible sight! WOW!
This is a great shot of a bit more than a third of that, showing the fellows here having a nice dinner over that sperm whale.
Very well tone technically, presenting this with super fine details and a very good exposure balance.
It's something we don't get to see everyday so thank for sharing this.

Cheers and TFS

Hello James
It's great to capture so many bears on a single photo !
Excellent DOF with good details on both of them
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-17 2:45]

Hello James,
Brilliant timing to see so many Polar Bears in one go! I don't expect that'll be such a common sight in the future! Quite unusual to see them on dry land like this. Excelent focus and they look great against the pebbles.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello James,
OHHHHH, great capture, exceptional image!!!!!!
I want to travel as much as your!!! snif, snifff, snifff....
Greetings. Ferran

I am so far behind on critiques right now!! What an amazing sight this is... another of your amazingly sharp, images from a bouncing boat photos!! Does the Mk II shoot 10fps? Maybe that is how you manage it!!?? The law of averages etc. I really like the collection of poses you captured. Whenever you mention Zodiacs I think back on the 14 foot one we had. We saw lots of sites... and NO camera! I remember pumping the darned thing up with a foot pump... good exercise I suppose.

Evelynn : )

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-18 13:46]

Hi James,
a fantastic shot of these Polar Bears.
Sharp and clear.
Excellent composition.
Very well exposed.

Superb work.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-19 11:00]

Hi James

What a sight! You certainly get around and see things that are amazing to see. I love how intent they are on the task at hand.



Hi James!

I love polar bears, and it's nice to see them in group even! We don't see such a subject every day, TFS!

Best regards,

You go where man rarely goes...the world traveler for the Guinness Book you are James...Wonderful action shot!

Hello James
where are you, my friend. I think you are in holiday for this festive season and I hope every thing very well.
This is nice composition for Polar Bears feasting. Great POV from zodiac. Thanks for sharing.
Looking forward to see your new posts. best wishes

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2009-01-11 17:11]

Excelente composición, buena luz y un gran documento.
Das envidia sana con estas fotografías !!

Saludos James: Josep Ignasi.

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