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A picture for you Loot

A picture for you Loot
Photo Information
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: 2007-05-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-18 12:26
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Brown Bear (Ursus arctos arctos)

I wanted to do this a long time ago but never had an appropriate photo. I would like to dedicate this picture to Loot Eksteen, a great friend and one of the most honorable members of this wonderful place called Trek Nature! This is a humble sign of gratefulness and the least I could do to express my gratitude for every contribution he had and for every lesson he taught me, knowingly and unknowingly, on my way to becoming a better photographer! Here is a big THANK YOU! Please keep doing the good work as so many of us will benefit from your "presence" here on TN.

Photo Info:

I wanted to keep posting bird pictures as I have a whole folder of them now but what happened recently made me change my mind.

Two days ago i went to the forest in the neighborhood as usually to photograph some birds. The weather was fine, clear sky, late afternoon. After just 15 min of walking through the woods, this mother brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) and her cub ran past me 15 m away and vanished in the bush. They appeared a few minutes later on a small path at the edge of the woods. I followed them to a place in the sun where they layed in the grass. This is where I took this picture (after my hands stopped shaking :) ). I tried to get as close as possible but this is the very moment when she let me know I reached the closest distance she felt comfortable with. After taking the picture I backed off slowly as she could easily cover the ca. 10-12 m distance between us. However I spent another hour or so around and followed her to another place where they went later but the pictures I took there were not the best as it was too dark.
She proved to be patient and never showed a sign of stress. What I was looking for was a picture of the little cub. Unfortunately I only had one chance to get a great position and missed it. For most of the time the cub would stand close to her mother and in tall vegetation for protection. He would permanently put her mother between me and him. Maybe I will post a picture of both of them at a later time.
As you can see from the picture, this bear had been captured before and tagged for future observations. The problems of scavenger bears in the Brasov area is well known now. If you're interested in more informations on this subject please feel free to visit an earlier post of mine here. You will also find further links on this topic.

For more informations about the brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) please visit the Wikipedia website, the free online encyclopedia by clicking here.


ExposureProgram - Manual control
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
DateTimeOriginal - 2007:05:16 18:30:17
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/80 seconds
ApertureValue - F 4.00
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 200 mm
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto

The picture was taken handheld.

PP in CS2:

- RAW to TIF to JPG;
- selective sharpened with high pass filter;
- selective blur on the BG;
- cropped, resized, added frame and signature;

nglen, Jamesp, vanderschelden, anel, parvulescubio, jonathan_hart, Tamrock, Royaldevon, scottevers7, horia, loot, deblink, peter_stoeckl, Luis52, cicindela, marioana, mecamich, Jonas_Schmitt_ has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To marioana: Thanks a lot!snowfalken 1 08-23 07:38
To jignasi: Thank you!snowfalken 1 08-07 03:37
To peter_stoeckl: Thank you for your critique!snowfalken 1 06-22 06:07
To loot: Welcome back my friend!snowfalken 4 06-11 18:50
To Ken52: Thank you!snowfalken 1 05-30 06:28
To parvulescubio: Multumesc!snowfalken 4 05-24 12:30
To gannu: Thanks!snowfalken 1 05-21 10:46
To Luis52: Thanks a lot!snowfalken 1 05-21 10:43
To horia: Multumesc pt. critica!snowfalken 1 05-21 10:39
To scottevers7: Thank you!snowfalken 1 05-21 10:21
To vanderschelden: Thanks for your critique!snowfalken 2 05-20 09:58
To claudine: Thank you my friend!snowfalken 1 05-19 21:16
To marmottelolo: Thanks for your critique!snowfalken 1 05-19 20:35
To manyee: Thank you!snowfalken 1 05-19 20:34
To Royaldevon: Thanks for your critique!snowfalken 1 05-19 20:27
To Tamrock: Thank you my friend!snowfalken 1 05-19 20:20
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  • Bodhi (0)
  • [2007-05-18 12:35]
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That bear looks like it wants me to go away. Brave you ...fantastic capture, colours and focus.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-18 12:36]
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Hi Eduard. This is a aamazing shot. the detail and colour are spot on. the detail in the nose and eyes is so aharp. ,great colours and a nice compostion and POV. very well done .Nick..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-18 12:41]
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Hi Eduard

Wow! Amazing note and brilliant shot - even better after reading the note!! A true TN shot. Excellent POV and DOF plus great colours. Well done!


Bonjour Edouard
Capture exceptionelle, je me demande si je garderai mon sang froid.
Excellente netteté et attitude du sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Hi Eduard,
Great story.
I thought it was shot in captivity due to the tagging.
Wonderful wildlife image.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-18 14:35]
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Bonsoir Eduard,
Etonnante rencontre. Comment peut-on prendre une photo si nette quand on a un ours en liberté à quelques mètres de soi? Chapeau d'avoir eu le courage de rester et de prendre en plus une excellente image.
Bonne soirée



amazing shot, fantastic focus

hello Edward
very nice shot of that bear, excellent focus, good light and colours, well well done

hello eduard!
lovely picture on this fine
bear,i really like the the
great naturefelling and the
pose,sharp with nice light
and fine colours
good composition
very well done!

Hello Eduard,
I am impressed on many counts! You have done particularly well to take such a detailed and sharp photograph when you must have been extremely nervous! (My hand shakes when I am particularly nervous!) Lovely composition and colours.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-18 23:53]
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That is an amazing story, Eduard, and an amazing shot!
That is way too close for comfort, especially for a mother bear with cub.
You certainly captured her full face and close-up/
Fantastic details and POV.
TFS. : )

bonjour edouard
sympa le nounours mais a votre place je n'aurais pas été fier,bravo pour l'ensemble.

Wow Eddie,
What a story! I don't think that I would have been able to do it. This is real wildlife photography. This picture merits all our attention and admiration. I wonder how this mother could keeps her calm with a little one near her and someone discreetly following him them. She knew you were there but se just stayed calm, isn’t wonderful? I don't think that I would have done it honestly or maybe I would, if my car was not far... Congratulations for this great post. The eye contact is amazing and so are this POV, details and exposure.

This is a great picture at all levels. Congratulations and remain careful :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-20 10:35]
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eduard nice capture of this lovely bear. the lighting POV and composition is very good. TFS Ganesh

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-05-20 20:41]
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Hola Eduard.- Que hermosa foto la que hoy nos presentas aqui, de esta Osa en un ambiente natural. Felicidades y gracias por compartir con nosotros. Luis52.

Hi Eddie,
WOW! great shot. I have to go to the zoo to get my bear shots. Safe and easy, but they always look bored. This is getting a little close for that lens combo. I have the 70-200 f2.8...
You were lucky this bear did not come after you. Nothing more dangerous than a mother bear defending her cubs. I have spent alot of time in bear country and have seen this look. A spot on exposure and very sharp. The hands were not shaking to bad I guess. Love the overall composition. Very well done!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-21 7:58]
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Salut Edi

Pfoai ce misto!! Nu numai poza, ci si toate povestioara din nota! Cred ca in momentul in care ai plecat de langa ei, te-ai simtit faorte implinit si fericit :)
Poza in sine e pur si simplu superba, cu o semi-grimasa tipica a mamicii :) Ma mira faptul ca nu s-a suparat ca i-ai urmarit. Din cate auzisem eu, mamele cu pui sunt mult mai irascibile decat restul ursilor.
Oricum, meritul e 100% al tau pentru curaj si pentru realizarea tehnica a pozei.
Primul lucru ce vreau sa remarc aici e faptul ca e un hand-held la un zoom relativ puternic, intr-o zona cu lumina limitata si, de ce nu, cu un subiect care iti creste nivelul de adrenalina. Deci, felicitari pentru claritate.
Apoi, POV-ul frontal care ti-a conferit asa un unghi bun pentru "moaca" ursului si de asemenea inaltimea buna care ti-a oferit si o idee buna asupra unui habitat natural (spre deosebire de cealalta poza a ta cu un urs).
Culorile sunt si ele frumoase si naturale, iar expunerea e exceptionala.
In concluzie, o dedicatie splendida pentru un membru care intr-adevar o merita cu varf si indesat!

Bravo si TFS

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-29 22:27]
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Hi Eddie,
I know you were very excited to see the bear and her cub! It is an outstanding photo.

Your exposure is excellent. Even though the bear is a dark brown and the background even darker, we see the natural colors very well.

Focus is perfect and we see excellent detail in the fur.

I like the composition as well. Did you consider cloning out the two highest blades of grass? It is outstanding either way.

I enjoyed reading your story. I wish I had been there with you to see this beautiful bear and cub, but you photo is next best thing!

Best Regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-01 4:59]
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Dear Eduard

What a great honour and tremendous privilege to receive such a dedication from you. An overwhelming and humbling moment indeed. While I am ecstatic and thrilled to bits as a result of your very kind words I am also very grateful for the enormous privilege to receive such a lovely photo as this. I am just sorry that I unfortunately missed it that weekend before I went to hospital, but it was a case of rather late than never and now at least I am the "first one" from the bottom of the list.

It seems to me like there was quite a bit of risk involved while taking this photo on the foot and so close to this magnificent yet dangerous animal. I realise that the adrenaline can sometimes get the better of us, but you need to be careful so as not to place yourself in jeopardy. The only thing you can trust about wild animals is that they are "WILD" animals and they can react in unsuspecting ways at any given moment. When one encounter a lion or a rhino in nature, one could still escape by scurrying up a tree, but with these grizzlies one has hardly a chance to escape. I can now understand why you expressed your willingness or eagerness to follow a wild leopard into the bush for the sake of a couple of good nature photos. You got to have hair on your chest my friend (chuckle).

The posting itself is magnificent. The ultra sharp details are remarkable and the colours are absolutely stunning. The composition is great with the green foliage in the foreground and the OOF and well removed BG complimenting the bear. The exposure was spot-on and you even managed to get a clear catch light in each eye.

Very well done and TFS.
Best regards.

Hi Eddie,
Wow this is one incredible image. To begin with I thought it must be in a zoo. I can't believe it is in the wild. I am very impressed. You are one brave person. The quality of the image is just superb and all the detail in the mum bear's face can be seen so clearly. An exceptionally fantastic image, congratulations.

Dear Eddie,

fascinating wildlife portrait!
Fascinating story to come with!

Very intense, precisely detailed, perfectly well composed - looks dramatical to see her rising behind dense vegetation: Mother bear with a cube -maybe the most dangerous wildlife encounter we may run into on our continent. You are a very bold man, and you seem to have nerves of steel, and an impressing ability to peacefully communicate with wild animals. My congratulations.

And what a very nice dedication to your friend Loot. Thank you!

My best regards,

Dear Eddie!
This picture remind me my visit in Piatra Craiului Mts., when during the rain I saw a tracks of bear. It was not nice, because I was alone and I really did not want to meet it face-to-face :)
Anyway, the picture is great! So sharp and detailed that I can feel like watching alive mammal. You were really lucky to take such picture. Once - because of the final effect, and second - because this bear does not look like very happy ;>
TFS and best greetings from Lodz,

Genial retrato y magníficos colores.
Una estupenda nota y dedicatoria.
Saludos, JL.

MAGNÍFICO RETRATO CON UNA LUZ IMPRRESIONANTE. Perfecto enfoque y muy buena profundidad. Me gusta la expresión del plantígrado. Buenos colores. Saludos Eduard y gracias por tus constructivos comentarios.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-08-13 0:45]

intresting experience! scarry a little, but the shot is avesome! congratulations!

Hello Eduard.
Yes your bird and butterfly images are wonderful and impressive, but in my opinion there's not much in nature that can compare to a great image of a bear in the wild. And you have captured one of the best. Absolutely perfect in every way. You did well to track her and capture your shots. My wife was worried the other day when I went hiking in the forest at Lacul Rosu. She warned me of animals like this. I wish I had the oportunity to capture something like this. I intend to spend more time in the mountains here and hopefully I will be able to emulate your beautiful shot.
Best regards, Steve.

hi eduard,

another great bear photo!very attracting!excellent details and superbe eye contact!your pictures a alive!

Hi Eduard,superbe portrait avec beaucoup de détail et des couleurs magnifique

Fantastic picture.You make the picture having a good depth,because you took the unsharp grass as a foreground.The head of the Brown Bear is very sharpand looks good!

Celle ci est tout simplement magique, bravo, très bonne netteté !

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