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Wait For Salmon

Wait For Salmon
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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F5, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, Fuji Provia 100F, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/16, 1/20 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 2, gondox's favorites - animals, Alex99 favorite shots, Dedications at Trek Nature part Four, Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-10 18:43
Viewed: 8970
Favorites: 14 [view]
Points: 150
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Frirst of all I would like to thank all of you for viewing and there wonderful comments on my previous uploads. Highly appreciated.

This time I'll show you an older image taken back in July 2003 during my first trip to Alaska.

Although I've got quite a few shots of bears catching a salmon on top of Brooks Falls, or atleast bears with jumping salmon in the same frame, this one is a little special for me.
After two days I had to try something else.
Was'nt the easiest shot to take, not because my hand was'nt steady enough or the Vibration Reduction of the 70-200mm was'nt working well, but more of the fact that the Grizzly was to to cooperative.
He refused to held his head still for a split second most of the time.
Did take me a whole roll of slide film and at only two of the 37 images the head of the bear was sharp enough.

From Wikipedia

Grizzly bears reach weights of 180–680 kilograms (400–1,500 pounds) and stand 2.44 m (8 ft) tall on their hind legs; males are on average 38% larger than females. This sexual dimorphism suggests that size is an important factor in the male's ability to successfully compete for and attract breeding opportunities. Their coloring ranges widely across geographic areas, from blond to deep brown or red. These differences, once attributed to subspeciation, are now thought to be primarily due to the different environments these bears inhabit, particularly with regard to diet and temperature.

The grizzly has a large hump over the shoulders, which is a muscle mass used to power the forelimbs in digging. The head is large and round with a concave facial profile. In spite of their massive size, these bears can run at speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour). Although, they are slower running downhill rather than uphill because of the large hump of muscle over the shoulders.

Grizzlies can be distinguished from most other brown bear subspecies by their proportionately longer claws and cranial profile which resembles that of the polar bear. Compared to other North American brown bear subspecies, a grizzly's pelt is silver tipped and is smaller in size. This size difference is due to the lesser availability of food in the grizzlies landlocked habitats. They are similar in size, color and behavior to the Siberian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos collaris).

Hope you like the image as much as I do.
Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.

Best wishes and have a great day,


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Hi Harry,

Mate this is excellent, I've seen this image on so many wildlife docos, just beautiful, detail and composition perfect, and as for the motion of the water, Spectacular !

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Harry,
this is a classic shot in every sense of the word as I have seen many that look so very similar over the years.I like the blurred water and the look of concentration the bear has he is focused on what he is doing;as were you because the colour is spot-on and the details are many and best of all the point of view-classic!Thanks for this dynamic looking capture of a bear I would like to photo very much as well. Bob

This one'e very beautiful Harry. Excellent details and the womderful milky effect in the water. You have done a great job in capturing the focus and concentration on the bears face. Excellent exposure and very natural and nice colors.



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-10 20:21]

Hello Harry,
Exceptional results from the slow shutter speed. This is wonderful I'm glad he cooperated at least for one. Thanks for sharing this splendid capture.

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  • Popye Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 27] (158)
  • [2008-04-10 21:42]

This is such a beauty. Great exposure time, framing, comp, sharpness, and colours. I hope you did make a large print and framed it properly. Geniune great work.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-04-10 22:30]

Hi Harry, great action shot of this Grizzly fishing. 1/20th of a second worked well to catch the motion of the water, yet it was still quick enough to catch the bear in a good sharp pose. The bear is very well positioned within the shot with excellent exposure on the bear giving us excellent colour and great sharp detail.

Thanks, John

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-10 22:33]

Hi Joe

A wonderful shot - classic actually - good composition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Harry,

Another classic from Alaska :) Superb shot, technically as well as aesthetically is a world of its own. Shots like this will sure help others to set standards to meet ( and sure will help camera cos. to sell more of their stuff too :) )

TFS, Regards

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-04-10 22:34]

Hi Harry , wow what an amazing photo , great job.



Hi Harry,

Exellent capture and shot from these grizzly bear in his natural habitat.
Beautiful colors and pov.
Exellent exposuretime, the water is not freezing.
regards gert

amazing capture, TFS Ori

It is nice of you to explain the shot Harry. It is easy to just shoot a bear standing idle in the forest, but this was well worth the many tries on film. The only thing I do not like about this, is that it makes me want to go to Alaska and try seeing a similar sight,and I don't know when that could happen haha.
Very professional photo!!

Hello Harry,
Fantastic that you can get this sharp image at low shutter speed. The water movement is well seen. TFS this fine image.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-11 0:41]

Hi Harry,
It's a beautiful photo. f/16 gave you a very good DOF, and with 1/20 sec you got the motion of the water which looks beautiful with the still main subject. You're lucky that he managed to keep still for a short while. Exposure control, focus, sharpness, POV and composition are very nice. Good work!

Hello Harry,

Superb picture of this bear waiting for salmons. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. Great exposure and nice effect of the water. Good light and colours.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-11 1:42]

Hola Harry,
precioso trabajo,
efectos y pov,
detalles agradables y buen foco.

Hi Harry,
Wonderful image of this bear in the falls. The flowing blurred water looks great and the bear is so solid and powerful looking. Beautiful composition and fine sharp details of the bear. Super work! Tfs Richard

Hola Harry, excelente composición, la luz perfecta. Un saludo

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2008-04-11 2:27]

Bonjour Harry,

Superbe moment et parfaite prise de vue de ce spécimen.
Félicitations et merci pour le partage.

Incredible colour and the composition is just stunning! But, ummm, how were you within 200mm range safely? Surely you were almost on top of this bear?

Hello Harry,
You can't have it all:-). You got a beautiful fall here due to the 1/20 shutter speed. And the bear is sharp enough...a rhetorical question whether the bear should be sharper or not.
I imagine seeing its head moving all the time:-)
Awesome image!

Hi Harry,

Another excellent wildlife action picture. Details of the bear are very sharp and BG is suitably softer still showing streaming water nicely. Good work.



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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-11 4:41]

Hello Harry
What a shot with the animal standing in the water. Excellent shot with superb clarity. Well done TFS ganesh

Hi Harry
This is nice shot of this bear waiting for his catch... you get your catch before hi did his so 1:0 for you :)
Captured motion of water make this shot singing.

Hi Harry,
this must have been a very cooperative bear, ;-) very good sharpness and details with 1/20sec.
The soft water is beautiful around the bear.
Well exposed with nice lighting and beautiful colors.
Great work as usual.

hello Harry

WOW ! superb shot of the Grizzly bear
and a great composition of the image,
fine POV and framing, excellent DOF,
i love that sharpen blurred water,
excellent sharpen and details of the bear,



Hi Harry,
Very nice capture of this bear on the top of a water fall. Great composition and details.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-11 8:12]

Hi Harry,

I don't know which is more spectacular - the wonderful bear or the wonderful motion of the water. A fantastic shot and I can understand why you like it so much. So do I!


A fine and powerful portrait with an ecological importance, perfectly captured with quite a high resolution, in spite of being a scanned diapositive Harry, good work indeed!

Awsome shot this is the sort of work that seperated the pro from the amateur, I like the sharpness of the bear contrasting well against the slow timing movement of the water and an excellent composition also tfs Harry have a great weekend Best rgds Necip.

Hello Harry
There are many lucky shots about and this is certainly not one of them!!
Your plan to get the milk effect in the water is pure genius..and pure patience!!..most cameras would be set to the fastest shutter available...It stunning Sir!!
All the Best

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-11 10:17]

Hallo Harry,
Dit is er weer zo een van ongekende kwaliteit. Zo'n plaat maken alleen de allerbeste fotografen. Wat een dynamiek en helderheid in deze foto! Een absolute topper!
Goed weekend,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-04-11 10:26]

hello sir,
beautiul picture.
no words

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-11 12:22]

Hello Harry,
Wow, what a splendid moment you've caught here! The Bear looks really fantastic against the background of rushing water. Great focus, excellent details and lovely colours. A lovely feeling of movement. Brilliant work!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla
P later

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-04-11 12:50]

Hello Harry
wow!! amazing photo, very well done, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend


Buena luz y colores fielmente captado. El conjunto es realista e impresionante con una buena elección de la velocidad de exposición.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Spettacolare cattura, un'esposizione straordinariamente perfetta ai fini creativi, un'immagine di eccellenza sotto tutti gli aspetti. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

What an effect! The bear is so sharp and clear and yet the water is wonderfully exposed, creating such a dramatic effect. I'm adding this to my favorites - that should speak for how much I love this shot!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-11 15:04]
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Wow! Now this is special!
How on earth did you get this!!!
Did you use a tripod?
The smooth water contrasting with the pin-sharp Bear is amazing!
Exceptional composition.
Just amazing!
Straight into my favourites.



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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-04-11 16:29]

Hi Harry,
This is such a wonderful shot! Love the blured water falls. Great POV and the light , colours and sharpness are superb.
Very well done.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-04-11 18:04]

Hi Harry
Classic capture and pose
Crystal clear image
Superb detail
Well done. tfs jon

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-11 18:26]

Hola Harry.
I just dont konw what to say about this beautiful photo. Great image. High quality level. Pro-Photo.
Nikon F5 eh? Good work to change to Digital.
f/16 and 1/20 gives a exellent effect on water.

TFS My good Friend.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-11 18:46]

Hi Harry,
I almost read the title 'Wait for Sumon' and felt thrilled. Outstanding shot and the effect captured on the running water is just marvellous. The grizzly patiently waits for catches and the moment is illustrated so beautifully. Immaculate sharpness, colours, light and exposure. Very skillful work. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

Harry, the first word that came into my head when I saw this was Wow! And I see I wasn't the first either. This is superb. The way you have kept the bear sharp whilst also capturing the movement of the water is very impressive. "Top drawer" as we say in the UK! Going straight into my favourites.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-12 3:55]

Hi Harry

Superb action shot of the Grizzly, documenting the famous Salmon catching.
Excellent watchful pose and great POV.
Nice sharp details and I like the blurring of the water giving us the impression of the raging flowing water.
Very nice colours and superb lighting.
Great note too.


Hi Harry,
Great technique, the waterfall looks very nice @ 1/20th.
And your effort paid off with nice details throughout the animal.
This big guy looks like he's ready to jump, straining forward this way..
You captured the intensity of the bear fishing perfectly :)
Well done!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-12 9:45]

Hello Harry,
this is fabulous, very nice timing and a excellent composition.
The slow shutter speed gave you a lovly milky effect on the water.
Great work.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-12 19:19]

Hi Harry,

Well, patience for sure paid a lot in your case, what an amazing shot!
I really like the opening you've used (F16) creating this beautiful effect on the water!
You only need one shot! and you got two!!
Congratulations for this fantastic image, I even feel the strength of the water against this beautiful bear!


Hello Harry,
Superb composition with such beauty!
great use of f/16 to achieve the effect on the running water!
perfect sharpness, good colour and superb details on the subject!
very well done

Hi Harry,
Another splendid shot of a bear in feeding with excellent details, DOF and POV!
Greetings from Cyprus,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-13 2:27]

Hi Harry

I'm amazed that you managed to get a shot with blurred water and a sharp bear. Reading your notes I would say two out of the 37 images was actually excellent on this shutter speed. It really is a stunning shot, beautifully composed and it captures the moment. It needs to be in a magazine.



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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-13 9:39]

hello Harry
wonderful hunt photo with successful using of camera settings
composition, POV, light, sharpness and details are great

Hey Harry, what a shot!!
Great idea to use long time exposure to have silk-water.
Goodo compo and sharpness on the bear.
Well done and straight into my favourites!


Hi Harry,
amazing shot. Very impressive picture and dynamic shot. Full of energy. Very well done. tfs. Stev

Hola Harry.
Una instantánea fenomenal.
Bello encuadre y acertada exposición.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-13 13:11]

Hello Harry,
A superb pose against the waterfall, the fine sharpness of the Grizzly, the POV and composition all make this a marvellous image that is a joy to view!
Thanks for sharing it!
Best wishes, Ivan

hi harry!
congrat to amazing and very
beautiful pic!
well done!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-04-14 5:12]

Dag Harry,
Gisteren had ik geen tijd voor comments en nu ben ik veel te laat! wat kan ik nog zeggen dat niet al werd gescheren?
Die beer staat stevig op zijn poten, zo in de sterke stroming, hij staat als een rots in het water dat je zo mooi vloeiend hebt weten weer te geven. (veel zalm gegeten)
Compositie is fantastisch, scherpte ook.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-04-14 7:22]

Hallo Harry , Een schitterende foto van de beer kan niet beter , het water vloeit mooi compositie van de beer en de kleuren prachtig gedaan , Groeten Teunie

Hi Harry.
A great time photographing a beautiful animal like this oso.Muy beautiful picture, your gallery is very buena.Un greeting.

Hi Harry, I like salmon as a bear, and this splendid animal is waiting as me for this very good fish, splendid shoot with wonderful DOF and great exposure, very well done, ciao Silvio

Great colours, details, and sharpness.
A very good composition.
Your comment is very interesting.
All the best!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-17 6:43]

Hello Harry

I love all your shots.The subjects are always dramatic with excellent action.
It doesn't take much imagination to see a story unfold.
The water looks amazing.
I love the feeling of anticipation.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The shot is well exposed.
The colours are well saturated.


Bonsoir Harry
Un chef d'oeuvre... je reconnais le professionnalisme...
Le sujet est réellement bien, la prise de vue : exceptionnelle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-19 0:31]

Hi Harry.
I am amazed twice. Your huge comments are touched me. Your terrific shot is impressed me a lot. Fantastic work. But what could I wait from you? My all congratulations. Great technique. The shutter speed is brilliant as well as the created effect. Water stream is reflected fantastically. Expressive pose of the bear is great too. Lights, colours an composition are also outstanding. Great sample for imitation. Bravo.

Hola Harry,
Esta foto es impresionante como toda tu galería, el momento y la composición son únicos, me la llevo a favoritos. Un cordial saludo

Hi Harry,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Grizzle waiting for Salmons. A nice National Geographic shot. Excellent blurring effect of the water fall and the Grizzle is very sharp. And that is the patience one uses when catching a salmon. Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Harry!

Did it take much film but it was very much worth! So magnificent shot it's even hard to decide what to say; everything is so obviously perfect here and such a unique shot all I can say it's top ten on TN since I'm here! Thanks so much for sharing!

Best regards,

Hello Harry,
A beautiful composition!
Most impressive is capture of the expression in the bear's face as I can read both expectation and alert with a high level of adrenaline...
Simply excellent!
Pablo -

Hello Harry!

O Yes! This is masterpiece! Great scene amazing framing and splendid colors. Very well captured!


The bear must have stand still for quite some time, to get a soft flow of water work. Great work.
Best regards,

Great shot! Looks straight from the pages of national geographic :) . The smooth silky feeling of the flowing water lloks wonderful. Good composition.


What a stunning image! This is top notch photography without a doubt. The water flowing around the bear really makes this shot. You've composed this beautifully, with great sharpness, POV and detail. You must have been happy to be able to photograph this bear at 1/20 of a second and still get away with such excellent results. Great work.

Best Regards,


Top Shot! Love the pose and you achieved good speed on the water. Excellent work Harry.

Hi, Harry,

this is simply wonderful!! an excellent photo in all aspects.
thanks for sharing!!

Man Yee

Dear Harry,
I enjoy your work very much and have added it to my theme "animal's Behaviour"
You did a brilliant job technically, showing how fast the water flows, and on the other hand capturing the body language of the waiting bear to catch fish.

Warm greetings from the Tzaneen dam, Limpopo, South Africa
Ingrid Shaul

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