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Help me!!!
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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 17:20
Viewed: 4292
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello fellow trekkers,

It's been some time from my last post but today I've decieded to bring a major problem to the attention of the TN community. This is a humble dedication to all wild animals who died or suffered injuries and strain as a result of human proximity!
This is NOT an artistic photo but a pure reportorial one and thus I have applied no post-processing to it except for the addition of the frame and signature. I personally don't think this photo has an artistic value. It just presents the facts!

There's plenty of information on the brown bear (Ursus arctos) on the Internet so I will rather bring to your attention a big problem and explain how I took this picture.
I took this photo last evening while I still was in our studio (located at the base of a small mountain). This magnificent brown bear was scavenging in the garbage containers in front of the main entrance, just 1.5 - 2 m away. Although it was completely dark and difficult to focus I managed to take 2-3 shots. I shot from a window between ground- and 1st floor. The bear didn't get scared so I decieded to go to the entrance to shoot from his eye level. First I prefired the flash twice from inside of the staircase just to let him know I was there. Then a colleague opened the door slowly. I tried to shoot through the open door but even for a 70 mm focal length I was to close to get a full body shot. Apart from this my lens kept hunting because there was no contrast between the dark BG and the dark bear fur (in spite of the pre-flashes). I stepped back for a wider framing and when my colleague opened the door wider, the bear got scared and ran away, proudly carrying a big white plastic bag in his mouth.
This behaviour is completely uncommon for a wild animal and it is the result of habitat loss which forced the bears to scavange for food in the garbage containers. Emerging problems for these animals are diseases, rabies, etc by contact with rats and strain dogs which also feed from garbage, but the most dangerous of all is swallowing pieces of glass, plastic and metal. The bears are encouraged to seek human presence because people conciously feed them biscuits and bread. Just to enhance the problem, because of a few (provoced) bear attacks on humans, the local authorities decieded (and operated) to put out some of the animals in order to reduce the increasing bear population. Remember:
Please think twice before feeding a wild animal! Here is a whole report on the problem of scavaging bears in Brasov!

I hope you DO NOT like my picture!

With Friendly Regards,

No PP applied.
Converted from RAW to .jpeg
ISO 250
Resized, slightly cropped and added frame and signature in CS2

horia, rufous03, tomcezar, Nephrotome2, peter_stoeckl, scottevers7, saeedabbasi has marked this note useful
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To peter_stoeckl: Thank you!snowfalken 1 02-07 04:04
To Nephrotome2: Thanks!snowfalken 1 02-06 04:03
To claudine: Thank you!snowfalken 1 02-02 16:03
To nainnain: Merci!snowfalken 1 02-02 05:53
To asiivalceni: Thanks for your comments!snowfalken 1 02-02 05:50
To tomcezar: Thanks for your comments!snowfalken 1 02-02 05:43
To horia: Thanks for your comments!snowfalken 1 02-02 05:34
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belle macro de ce gros nounours, bonne presentation, bon BG

Problema ridicata de tine aici Edi e una bine cunoscuta de un roman dar ar trebui auzita si de niste straini care, din pacate, ar avea o posibilitate mai mare sa faca ceva in legatura cu cazuri de genul asta.

Dupa cum ai zis si tu, nu e o forografie artistica, de aceea am ales si varianta "comment"-ului, findca, de fapt, aceasta problema trebuie comentata...dezbatuta.

Poza totusi ilustraza foarte bine 2 lucruri: actiunea ursului si proximitatea omului fata de el.
Problema este de asemenea foarte bine pusa, si eu zic ca faptul cel mai alarmant aici e pierderea habitatului.
Ceea ce se intampla de fapt este ca ursul isi pierde realmente instinctul de vanatoare, preferand in locul lui o alternativa mai simpla - cautatul prin gunoaie. Facand asta si gasind aici o sursaa permanenta de hrana, automat metabolismul lui se schimba, fapt care ulterior are repercursiuni. Una dintre acestea este si faptul ca majoritatea ursilor din vecinatatea Brasovului nu mai hiberneaza...lucru care, sa fim seriosi, ar trebui sa dea lumii de gandit.

In fine...discutia ar putea continua muuuult si bine. Ideea e ca acest fapt degenereaza si ar trebui luate masuri drastice, dar fata de OAMENI, nu de URSI!

Cazuri similare se intalnesc peste tot in lume, si ar fi bine daca cei care se uita si (mai important) citesc si nota pozei tale, sa evite greselile facute de altii.

Really thanks for posting this one!
Numai bine

Nu este deloc o imagine placuta, ursii gunoieri pentru unii sunt amuzanti dar de fapt ar trebui sa inspire tristete. Problemele de acest fel se pare ca nu vor fi rezolvate prea usor de autoritati sau de OM in general. Asa este, din acest conflict intotdeauna animalele ies invinse, din nefericire, si nu din vina lor.
La cat mai putine fotografii de acest fel.

Eduard..si eu imi doream sa fac o poza asa... Sincer, ursii din Brasov sunt si hoby-ul meu, dar, din pacate nu i-am puptu" prinde'. Felicitari ptr. imaginea asta.. Este superba! Iar cand spun asta, nu ma refer la postura ursului, ci faptul ca ai reusit sa-l pozezi atat de bine...

Hello Edouard,
What a strange day... I feel a little sad today and I think that your picture represents exactly this mood I'm in. I wonder what it is with humanís nature that makes that we react afterward, when things become dramatic - ref :


I thank you for this picture and its message. With my best regards,

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-02-03 19:10]

Hello Eduard,
I completely agree with your message. Hoping it help improving live of wild animal.

Photojournalism is as noble as art photography.
Very interesting and informative note. Strong message in the picture.

Hello Eduard,
under the circumstances of total darkness, and the frightening situation, this is a perfectly captured documentary shot of a bear becoming a tragical and unwanted intruder into civilization that intrudes into his territory. Strong message.
Thank you. Best regards,

Hi Eddie,
You show a great reminder that people need to do a much better job managing the environment. When bears loose their fear of humans, bad things will happen. A sad but necessary reminder.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-15 13:03]

Hello Eduard,
God creates the world they say and people make a belt of it. It is time we take more care of the problem you showed us.
Best regards,

Hi Eduard ,
excellent iamge from living of bears.
it is sad.
well done.
thanks and regards

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