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Private Bear Business

Private Bear Business
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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, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0, Fuji Provia 100F, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds and Animals in the Snow, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, A - Z of Mammals, Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-11 4:08
Viewed: 7819
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These two polar bears had a friendly conversation about?????
Shot taken while traveling with a tundra buggy over the tundra between Hudson Bay and a small place called Churchill in the Province of Manitoba in Canada.

I did use Fuji Provia 100F slide film on ISO125 speed rating.


About the Polar Bear from polarbearsinternational.org

Scientists believe that Ursus maritimus, the "sea bear," evolved about 200,000 years ago from brown bear ancestors. The bears are superbly adapted for survival in the Far North.

Polar bears range throughout the Arctic in areas where they can hunt seals at open leads. The five "polar bear nations" where the ice bears are found include the U. S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), and Norway.

Polar bears are the world's largest land predators They top the food chain in the Arctic, where they prey primarily on seals.

Adult male polar bears weigh from 775 to more than 1,500 pounds. Females are considerably smaller, normally weighing 330 to 550 pounds.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.
Kindest regards,

Kathleen, PaulH, Argus, dew77, radz, pirate, Jamesp, jmirah, vanderschelden, SelenE, mikou, deblink, lawhill, gypsygirl58, JPlumb, dB_grafix, anel, Debz, ellis49, Pentaxfriend, SkyF, Matt-Bird, marhowie, Kaszek, nglen, Luis52, hester, Bratman, angybone, Ken52, JORAPAVI, Necipp, extramundi, coasties, bartove, hellas, lgfoto, sily has marked this note useful
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Hi Harry.
Another stunning image of the polar bears you have captured. Amazing detail and exposure, right down to the snow clinging to their fur. Makes you feel you can just about brush it off. Love the behaviour, wonderful moment to capture.

New Zealand

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-11 4:44]

Hi Harry,

masterful control of the exposure here and great timing too - the pose of these two is excellent and quite touching. I am envious of your experience of these magnificant creatures, to me they are now a symbol of the damage being done to the natural world and the looming threat of Climate Change.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-11 4:53]

Hello Harry,
A beautiful study in White showing two Polar Bears in active communication. Fine sharpness, composition and exposure and well scanned for us to enjoy!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hi harry,
beautiful moment captured here, nice composition, very nice exposure managed well, nice pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-11 5:17]

Hello Harry,
Another great shot from you.I liked moment you caught,details,framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-11 5:19]

What a beauitful shot,exposure is spot on.I love the high key effect!!TFS!!!

Hi Harry
As usual perfect exposure.
Very big point is the composition, just perfect. Embracing the other bear is just a magic moment.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-11 5:45]

Hello Harry

A wonderful composition - great POV and focus.


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  • Prop Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 1 N: 11] (93)
  • [2007-07-11 6:21]

Hi Harry,
Lovely symmetrical composition here and great moment caught.

Outstanding detail in the white fur...Great composition and exposure...TFS

Hello Harry,
Why using slide film?
Nice image especially in terms of compo and decisive moment...

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-11 7:43]

Hi Harry,
It's a very nice capture of the polar bears- the pose you caught, timing, composition and POV are very good. Great exposure handling.Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

bonjour harry
l'attitude des deux ours et superbe et la photo parfaitement realisée dans cet environement de blan.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-11 7:59]

Hello Harry,
Fantastic moment. Perfect details in all the whites. Perfect pose, focus and composition.

great pic, TFS Ori

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-11 11:22]

Hi Harry.
Their meeting looks really friendly.Excellent capture.Composition,POV and details are superb.I liked your perfectly caught this moment so much.Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Wonderful capture Harry.
Clear focus and unique BG.
What a sweet moment to witness.

Wow, what a fabulous image Harry. The Bear's look superb and in their natural environment, this is special. The quality of your image is glorious.

Hi Harry,
One of the fewest shots we can see in TN
polar bears on the wild, like many of your shots made on that area, well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Harry,
Wow, how wonderful to see this in the wild!! Excellent details and sharpness in the fur and great control of the lighting! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-11 21:12]

Hi Harry, great shot of these two. Someday I'd like to get up there. Shooting in the snow like this, this shot is almost like a highkey shot. The bears look great, very sharp with great detail, and overall it's well composed and cropped.

Thanks, John

This is a perfect example of how the travel and time spent gives the shots. Impressive, almost studio look with that whiteout.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-12 1:54]

Hello Harry,
Amazing to see these big bears with such a tender attitude. You caught the picture just in the right moment. Your gallery is really unbelievable.
Best regards

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-07-12 2:30]

GOoooodd photo !!!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-12 3:55]

Beautiful shot Harry, I would love to have it on my wall or calendar. Perfectly focused and the exposure is excellent on the whites. A wonderful compositon of the two interacting with each other, they are beautiful creatures, I would love to visit that place. All is clear and sharp with good light. Great work.

HI Harry,
a beautiful picture with very good action and
the composition and low POV are great.
Exposure and sharpness are spot on.
Great work.

So lovely
Excelent pose
Brilliant composition timing colors light.

Ha Harry,

Wat een BEAUTY
een echte favoriet


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-12 16:28]

Hi Harry,
this is wonderful, the playful interacting of the bears and the cold scenery make up such an great composition.
Lovely details and excellent textures add a lot of dimension to this white on white composition.
Excellent work.

Hello Harry,
very amazing that white on white could create such a spectacular image. I have some doubt about friendly conversation, male polar bears normally live alone. Maybe there was some nice "bearess" around...?

hi harry,

this one is soooo beautiful!what an action.and you did handle it perfectly with the white colors.

Hi Harry,
Wonderful image that has captured a unique interaction in expert fashion..
This one stands out above the rest, hands down :)
Very well done.

Hello Harry,
A wonderful photo. The different textures and shades of white are nice and the pose of the bears is nicely timed.
great shot,
best regards

Hi Harry
Excellent action shot with great detail!

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2007-07-13 10:04]

Hello Harry,
Your photos are perfect with all terms.
And you're used analog camera... This is stunning!
Great and beautiful moment yoy captured.
Details - outstanding. Exposure (snow and white bears) - outstanding.

Awesome capture Harry, quality wildlife photography at its best. Regards Steve..

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-13 14:19]

Hi harry. What else can be said. this is excellent . the detail in the fur is so good. very well done TFS.
Nick.. have a good weekend.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-13 19:00]

Hola Harry.- Como siempre. Una exelente fotografia. Los Osos Polares lucen bellamente aun cuando todo el entrono es blanco. Sin duda una toma muy dificil de lograr. La habilidad del fotografo es de muy alto nivel. Felicidades por tan bella foto, digna de un gran trofeo. Luis52.

hi harry,
i'm speechless ! what an amazing perfect picture !
very very beautiful.perfect details...
love it !
thanks !

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-14 11:21]

Hi Harry

This must be amazing to see - what an experience! Perfect exposure on what must have been shot (all that white!). Amazing poses from both bears.



Brilliant shot Harry...simple composition but so effective. Love the way the snow gives an almost studio feel to this. Best, Brat.

We've heard so much about the effects of global warming on these amazing creatures - your photo tugs at my heart.
Beautiful capture preserving such strength and majesty forever! Thank you!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-15 13:50]

This may well be the most technically perfect photo I have seen on TN.
Exposure = stunningly perfect!
Focus = exact sharpness needed to bring out detail.
Composition = outstanding. Very balanced. Great faint blue background. The interaction between the two adds interest to the shot.

Hola Harry,
Impresionante composición de gran belleza, la luz y nitidez son perfectas, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Harry,
Magnificent moment captured, two fiery and powerful giants, stroking and maybe kissing?....All is perfect to me: colours, details, sharpness, BG, bears...
11 points job!

This is an impressive picture Harry. Pose you captured on those superb animals is wonderful! You also had great control on exposure as we can clearly see all those different tones in the whites. Details are amazing.

They are fragile animals because of the lost of their natural habitat and, like most of people here, I have seen some hearth-breaking scenes of this poor animal, swimming to dead to reach ticker ice on the banquise... I can't think about it as it makes me so angry and sad...

Well done and TFS this unique picture.

Very nice shot.
Colors, compo and pov are briliant.

Harry this is so awsome I think a shot to treasure perfect nothing but praise is due! another fav for me have a great weekend Best rgds Necip

Perfect exposure on this super capture Henry. The details in the whites are lossless and every strand of fur is accounted for in this wonderful capture of these northern inhabitants. :)

You could sell this one for and advertisment or something, it is really a wonderful and artistic, and very well controled.
A great work, a plasure you share with us photos like this.
Best regads, Felipe.

Hi, me again.

I like a lot this one too. The poses are great. The frame is very clean and well balanced. The lighting really good. I just have feeling that the shot is a little bit oversharpened.
Overall, lovely post!

Hi Harry

Simply brilliant! :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-03 19:34]

Hello Harry

I can hear the smooching.This is a wonderful moment captured.The details are sharp and the exposure is excellent.A very high quality image.TFS


Beautiful moment, perfect composition and exposure

Thank you Harry,
for this nice scene and informative note, too. These two polar bears seem to be so happy! You surely were far away not to annoy them using your tele lens. Fuji Provia is a very good film. Very well done!

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-08-12 14:37]

Woow what a shot Harry. Great timing, witty name and very well managed composition, white ballance and framing.TFS

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-08-20 15:23]

HI Harry!
This is so adorable, very beautiful moment excellent captured !

Hi harry
I´m facinated in you pictures
very good fotos you have
exzellent moments and good colours and pov
this is another great one
very well done

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