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Polar Trio

Polar Trio
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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: 2004-11-04
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/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-01 8:38
Viewed: 9742
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot taken nearby a small place called Churchill "Polar Bear Capital of the World" a few years ago during a 4 days travel in a so called Tundra Buggy over the tundra near Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada.

Thanks for viewing and or comments/critiques.
Best regards and have a nice weekend, Harry


From Arcticcircle.ca

A Hudson’s Bay Co. post erected in 1685 was later replaced by the massive Fort Prince of Wales on the west side of the Churchill River estuary in the early 1700s. The fort still stands as evidence of French-English rivalry for control of the New World and of the lucrative fur trade.
Although it is not self-evident, Churchill is the closest seaport to the great cereal fields of central Canada. So, in the beginning of the century, it was decided that a port would be constructed on the Hudson Bay. A railroad would link it to southern manitoba. It was built in 1930 and runs for 1900 kms to Winnipeg.
During the Second World War, the American and Canadian military recognized Churchill’s strategic importance as the northernmost town near Hudson Bay with rail links from the south for supplies and equipment. In 1942, a large airbase was built here and expanded after the War. In 1980, the base was closed, but the airport and rocket ranges are still in use.
There is no road out of Churchill. There are about 963 permanent residents (2001 Census). Most of them work for the seaport, the airport or various federal or provincial services (the hospital, and so on). And there is tourism. The whole city is booked a year in advance for the bear season, during the fall. These few months fuel an incredible number of businesses, from the individual guide to the tour operator.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-06-01 8:45]
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Hi Harry
Great compo. I really like the fact that the Polar Bear are not white, not even whitish but yellow and that the snow and ice being blue. So what could have been a white animal in a white scenery is here, due to your photograhic skills, a great colour scene!

Hi Harry.
Wow, awesome. Love the composition, the left looking back into the image at what the other two are doing is great. Detail, pin sharp, exposure and colour, all spot on.
The programe I saw on the Polar Bears after lunching on a seal was not at clean as these ones.
What a wonderful image to have in your collection.

New Zealand

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-01 9:19]
  • [2]

Excelllent composition and exposure control, i envy your opportunity to see such magnificant creatures in the wild. The details in the fur is very good. Hope you didn't get too close...

tfs and have a great weekend,


Hello Harry,
Fantastic composition, nice blue color with this tree bears
stand up very sharp great shot, thanks for shering best reagards/Lawhill

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-01 10:03]
  • [2]

Ha Harry,

Wederom een schitterende opname uit je portfolio,mooi vastgelegd met goede belichting wat soms niet meevalt met al dat wit,ik heb inderdaad veel over het plaatsje churchill gelezen in diverse bladen,laten we maar hopen dat we nog vele jaren van deze mooie diern kunnen genieten,groetjes,


Hi Harry,
Great pov and composition. Perfect camera settings. Nice to see these polar bears in its natural environment. TFS this masterpiece.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-01 10:49]
  • [2]

Hallo Harry,
Grootse opname van deze ijsberen. Vooral het contrast tussen de gelige beren en het blauwige ijs maakt de opname bijzonder. Persoonlijk vind ik de foto nog mooier zonder de rechter ijsbeer er op. (Heb ik even uitgeprobeerd)

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-06-01 11:38]
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Great shot. the panoramic view is excellent and the colour wonderful. great exposure and compostion.


PS The map feature is bringing me out somewhere in central Russia... you may want to look at the co-ordinates again...:-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-01 13:39]
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Hi Harry

This is yet another stunning capture from you! 3 in 1...wow!
The details on all of them are really sharp and clear.
The light is simply beautiful here and very well managed by you, giving the scene such a nice balanced look.
The colors are also lovely and [amazingly :))] they are the ones that isolate the bears well from the environment, while the composition and the panorama-like format are great!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i've heared that tundra buggies are a lot of fun :))

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-01 15:00]
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wow what an amazing site to see. Amazing composition and good exposure



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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-01 16:22]
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Hi Harry thanks for sharing, we cant look to often at thiese guys. Composition is great, nice in a line, great colours as well.
TFS Reina

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-01 16:43]
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Hi Harry

A lovely composition with great focus and colours. Very well scanned.


Hi Harry,
Extraordinary capture. Very nice composition and details. Sharpness and blue ice also very well. TFS. Mustafa

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-02 3:35]

Hi Harry,
Great capture. Composition is very good. Lovely models :o) Good exposure control.TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-02 5:47]
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Hi Harry the panaromic view is excellent. The picture shows the polar bear in different direction with expression. TFS Ganesh

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-02 10:40]
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Hi Harry,

How wonderful to capture three of these bears in one frame! Each one in his own pose is just lovely with good details. The colors are marvelous - I would expect it to be all white but the yellow tone of the bears and blue tone of the ice is fascinating.


Hi Harry,
Lucky you to be there to get this photo.
Magic clean light, unknown in the UK, low sun giving the long shadows.
Slight over exposure has burnt out some of the white fur.
Still a nice photo.
Well done,

Hi Harry,

Fantastic exposure showing both details in the polar bear and the terrain, a shot I'm very envious of. Hopefully one day I'll get the chance to photograph these white predators of the north. :)

Hi Harry,
Superb!!!!!! I like very much this image it's fantastic, a trio with good pose of all of them. Colors and format are excellents,exposure as well.
I've read an artcle in this month National Geografic in spanish that global warming could cause the polar bear extintion in a century, a really bad stroy.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-06-10 3:52]
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Hi Harry

Another great outdoors (natural) shot from you. I love the sight of this foraging trio as it made for a beautiful composition showing a polar bear in 3 different poses simultaneously. Great stuff.

The colour rendition on the shot is great and so are the very sharp details. The low lying sun provided excellent light and the reflection of the snow highlighted the shady side of the bear on the right to give ample contrast and definition. The well exposed bears stand out nicely against the surrounding bluish snow.

Well done and TFS.

PS. Bears (all kinds) are one of my favourite animals because of their grace and power and probably because we do not have any here in Africa.

Hello Harry!
What a beautiful picture! 3 polar bears in one place, really amazing capture! I like DOF, POV and composition :) You were really lucky!!!
By the way, just for some fun please see here to read my story about polar bears which I "observed" on Spitsbergen ;>
Have a nice day and best greetings from Poland,

Hi Harry,
Either you are a good director or these fellows knew the rule of thirds.:-)

cores, luz, pov, tudo muito bom. parabéns pela foto.

Hi Harry,
Nice shot, wonderful composition, great colors, thanks for sharing

Impresionantes luz y colores.

This is an excellent picture with great colours and very good positioning of the bears, I liked it a lot. The exposure seems to be perfect.

Fantastic composition, nice blue color with this tree bears


What a pretty scene of these beautiful animals and pretty landscape . It make me have good feelings about it.
Light is perfect.
I like details and close distance.

Excellent portrait of the white bears.
From the thin bodies, I would think they have just awoken from their hibernation period and are a bit groggy while foraging for something to eat.

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