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Polar bear

Polar bear
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus), Pentaxfriend's favorites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-05 6:22
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Favorites: 6 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just returned from a great trip to the arctic region where we cruised around Spitsbergen (Svalbard),the weather was favourable to us and had lots of Photo possibilities,the camera clicked about 4000 to 5000 times I guess,so you can expect more pictures from this trip in the coming time,one of the main mission (for us) was to see the polar bear in his habitat and we were quite lucky,had 14 encounters and some of them were very close,as a starter a jumping cub who travelled together with its brother/sister and mother,hope you like it and tfw

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Hi Paul
Great shot of the polar bear taken in natural environment. Firs of all great moment. I like perfect exposure, good sharpness and good diagonal composition

Hello Paul,

What an amazing capture! Superb action shot. Excellent composition. Very good sharpness and great detail. Excellent exposure and splendid colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-05 6:50]

Hi Paul . Sounds like a fantastic trip. You had great timng in this one of the young cub. It still looks big to me. Nice to see them in there own environment. I shall look forward to some more. TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-05 6:51]

Hello Paul,
WOW, incredible simply incredible capture, thanks for sharing

Hi Paul. this capture extraordinary, extreme, supernatural, incredible, exceptional, remarkable, spectacular, terrific, breathtaking, classical, dreamy, exceeding, extra, fantastic, fantastical, glorious, huge, marvellous,.................. handle health, thanks.

Hi Paul,

Very good timing,technically well handled and I think a couple of frames later would have shown one wet bear!!



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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-05 7:21]

Hi Paul,
Welcome back. Seems like you did one of my to-do-routes; cruising around Svalbard... I am sure you had a great time and you have lots of beautiful photos from the area.
It's a great catch. Very well done and TFS. Waiting for the rest :o)
All the best,

Incredible action shot. This is a majestic animal, wild, in its natural and beautiful environnement. Wonderful timing. Rare animal and rare shot. This is incredible.
Not even a small nit.

Excellent shot! You have captured a great moment full of action. Good composition and lighting. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-09-05 8:11]


Wonder moment, well timed and exicuted. I though I had some good inflights. Superb.



Hello Paul,
Awesome moment!
What a content and...definitely fun.

Hi Paul
Wow.Very good capture,it look like he stand on an invisible ice cube.
Hope to see more.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Paul,
I like this shot very much and I had hoped to get to the arctic this year myself but I left it too late to do so.I like the dynamic of this well focused and coloured shot that shows the bear making a leap over the water.How large would this cub be as compared to an adult?A fine looking capture/composition and one I glad you shared.One more thing while you were on your trip,did you see any eider ducks?


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-05 8:24]

Hej Paul,
I bet you had a fantastic time and what a brilliant capture of this Polar Bear. Fantastic timing and excellent exposure. Very fine sharp details and beautiful colours too.
It's awful to think about how threatened their habitat now is!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-05 8:47]

A superb capture Paul!
The timing, the technical excellence, composition and exposure make this a top class shot of a Polar Bear cub about to jump from one ice flow to the next. Great POV and to see the ice being pressed down as he is about to jump is a great part of the action.
Thias is a favourite!
TFS this beauty and lookforward to more from your Svalbard trip,
Best wishes, Ivan

amazing capture! very unique in TN, Ori

Hi, Paul,

excellent capture with perfect timing. nice colours and composition, too. tfs.

Man Yee

Hi Paul,
Fantastic shot. Very natural and beautiful attitude of this wild and proud animal. A well composed photo. I will watch the next ones... Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-05 10:50]

Hallo Paul,
Lange tijd elkaar misgelopen. Ik bemerk nu dat jouw laatste foto's uit een periode waren dat ik een maand weg geweest ben.
Wat een schitterende unieke foto in fantastische kwaliteit. Tussen die duidenden andere foto's zitten vast nog meer van deze beauties. Ik kan niet wachten...
Goed weekend,

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-05 11:59]

Merhaba Paul,

Muhteşem bir deneyim ve muhteşem bir kare. Zamanlama ve detaylar harika.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-05 13:44]

Woooowww!! This is incredible, Paul!
What a superb pose and very good timing to capture it.
Brilliant sharpness.
Great light.
You're very lucky to be able to see and photograph Polar Bears in the wild!



Hi paul,
incredible shot! - there is nothing to add...
Greetings Hans

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-09-05 16:20]

Hi Paul,
Wow! This is an incredible action shot! I don't think that the bear is going to make it to the other side without getting wet :)
Great composition and nice POV
Very well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-05 16:32]

Hi Paul,

This is a trip I have always thought of taking but have been afraid of the cold. This picture might have swayed me. Your timing was perfect and you frozen the Polar Bear perfectly. I love the two feet on the patch of ice as he's ready to make his leap. Superb colors and details - the coat looks marvelous. I love the two feet on the patch of ice as he's ready to make his leap. It's so wonderful to see the bear in its natural environment.



This is one unusual shot for TN! What an awesome way to remember your trip by. This photo is outstanding. The details, POV and composition are top notch. Great work and TFS.
BTW, did you by any chance capture this bear frozen in mid-air? That is the only thing I can think of that could compete with this shot. Excellent work.

Best Regards,


Hi Paul,
This trip sounds so exciting, plenty of action to await for.
You show a great timing here, to catch and froze the action of this bear.
The pose got is just amazing, while jumping and stretching to reach the other side.
Can't wait to see some other shots from up there.
My compliments and thanks for share.
Kind regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-06 0:42]

Photo ONE
Super pose Paul - what an excellent series. Amazing action here - and I really enjoyed the 2nd photo of him flying in the air over the water.
Well done

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-09-06 1:22]

Hi Paul,
Super !!!
Great job.

Potdomme Paul, dat is wel een heel spectaculaire photo. Je timing is echt super. Erg mooi om te zien hoe zo'n beer een sprong maakt vanaf zo'n klien ijsschotsje. Je ziet het ijs naar beneden worden geduwd. De details in deze foto zijn erg mooi.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-06 3:13]

Hello Paul, Excellent action based shot with a super jumper. good composition. Ganesh

Ha Paul,

Geweldig moment
Perfect timing, belichting, POV en compo
deze trip moet een fantastische beleving zijn geweest

TFS Thijs

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-07 23:07]

Hi Paul

Great shot of this polar bear - your timing was excellent. We had more encounters on my trip - but not one doing acrobatics!


Hello Paul,

Superb action, making me wonder if he will make it?!
Well I guess a dip won't hurt him, seems like he's been there before...
This is a fine sports photograph, action well frozen and presented in a well balanced composition!

Pablo -

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2008-09-11 7:14]
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Hoi Paul,
na heel lange tijd, ben ik weer 's aan het kijken op TN. Ik zie dat je geweldige foto's hebt gemaakt. k kan me de 4000 foto's wel voorstellen. Ik was er zelf dit jaar ook nog, maar eerder in het seizoen. Weinig ijsberen (2 of 3 en verderaf). Jullie hadden meer geluk. Is het allemaal goed bevallen? Gaaf hoor

Hi Paul,
Definitely a Wow shot. Timing is perfect including the detail where the small ice floe under the feet is being pushed down into the water. Well done.

Witaj Paul!
I have to add to this picture my enchantment. It is revelation!
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Paul,
That's an absolutely amazing action photo. I love love it. Wow!
Have a very fine day.

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