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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/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coasties Favourites, Birds and Animals in the Snow, 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Family Matters 2, Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-28 6:17
Viewed: 8290
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First of all I would like to thank each and every one of you for viewing and their great comments on my previous uploads. Much appreciated.

While traveling on board a so called Polar or Tundra Buggy, wich is a large vehicle at wich normally around 40 people find place, but in this case we were with 12 photographers from Canada, the US and one grazy Dutch guy :), we came across this female Polar Bear and her two cubs near the shore of Hudson Bay.

Polar bear cubs are born in the winter den at about a pound and half as helpless babies. They are nursed in the den with rich milk from their mother (30 percent fat) until April when they are about 25 pounds and ready to run about. One or two cubs are normal for polar bear mothers.
The polar bear cubs stay with their mother for two years while she teaches them to hunt. After this the mother abandons her cubs and they are left to the solitary existence of the polar bear. The next few years of a young polar bear’s life are often tough and many starve to death. Only the strongest survive.

Thanks in advance for viewing and comments.
Warm regards and a very nice weekend wished to all of you,

nglen, angybone, marhowie, jpinkham, Silvio2006, jaycee, uleko, earthtraveler, livios, vanderschelden, Necipp, Ken52, jhm, gypsygirl58, coasties, eruyanik, jmirah, sisir, kjpweb, elefantino, Janice, SelenE, ramthakur, saeedabbasi, JoseMiguel, Bratman, JORAPAVI, jlbrthnn, ellis49, charedan, valy67, Juyona, Christian76, snowfalken, cicindela, mlines, Jonas_Schmitt_ has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-28 6:22]

Hi Harry This is an excellent shot again of the Polar Beers. The compostion and pose is very nice. I like the way the leading bear has his foot up.You are a very lucky man to have been there. TFS.good notes too

Thank you for this photo...we hear so much about the plight of the polar bear that photos like these are even more special.
Wonderful composition - the three in line. Perfect sharpness...just excellent!

Excellent exposure and detail from this distance..How far were you Harry?
The bears darker colors stand out well against the white of the snow, just the right contrast.
An interesting compositional line-up :)
Very well done.

Nice work, Harry -- a rare sight, well positioned within a complementary frame, a perfect line of the polar bears and that nice sweeping curve above them. Great note, too!

Hi Harry, one, two, three splendid white bears, great all white winter composition, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-28 7:53]

Hi Harry,

I love your photographs of the polar bears. This one is charming of mom and her cubs. Your white on whites are just magnificent. The tracks in the snow are wonderful.


Hi Harry,

It's another winner. I shudder to think of how these animals will suffer with global warming. Life was not that easy as it was. Perfect exposure and the arrangement and lines really give the feeling of a march across the ice field.

Evelynn : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-28 9:25]

Hello Harry,
Your shots of Polar Bears are really outstanding, this one is no exception. Fantastic compositions and they are all sharp and the colours are perfect. I hope the increasing number of tourists don't disturb these grand animals too much!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Sweet image Harry.
The open space around the bears is fine way to convey the vastness of the snow field.
Great composition.

Hola Harry,
Una increible foto, me gusta mucho como se ve esa fila india de osos caminando sobre ese ambiente en extremo hostil y blanco. la definición es muy buena; la composición es genial, con esa línea sinuosa de agua helada rompiendo la monotonía de la nieve. 10 puntos no, 11 si. Una foto como para National Geographic

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-28 13:27]

Harry, this is really very nice.

Perfect exposure, composition and sharpness.

I like pov too.


Harry hello, it are splendid these polar bears and the photograph is splendid, cheer and thanks for making us divide it


A superb capture of this small family, Harry! I'm afraid life is going to get tougher and tougher for these bears, as the ice forms later and later in the year. Not only is their environment changing, their northern territory is getting invaded by grizzlies moving north, adapting to the new conditions and putting more pressure on the polar bears with their specialized life style.

great pic for the hot summer, no need for the frame though, TFS Ori

Hello Harry what a beauty lovely exposure and fine details not a distracting element in the shot I like how even the shadows are flowing horizontally lovely light the slight blue hue background helps to give bears some contrast. Really awsome place and such effort to get a super shot like this. Have a great w/end best rgds Necip.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-28 21:35]

Your polar bears are amazing. I love this composition. The light is stunning and the exposure on the polar bears is perfect.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-28 21:59]

Hello Harry

Beautiful,beautiful,beautiful.Excellent composition.The exposure is wonderful.Spot on focus and wonderful details.When I grow up I want to be able to get shots just like this.;)National Geographic material.TFS


Hi Harry.
Wow! So cute. Great composition. Good pano crop. Perfect exposure. Very well seen and captured.
Regards, Steve.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-07-29 0:06]

Hallo Harry,

Deze Nederlander was nog niet zo gek tussen die andere fotografen, want uw genomen beeld is zeker van goede kwaliteit.
Moeder met twee grote jongen in voor hen vertouwde omgeving, prachtig gedaan, mooi beeld.


bonjour harry
il est evident pour moi que c'est une belle photo car ce n'est pas le genre de sujet que je risquerais de voir lors d'une ballade,le seul ours present en france est chassé par les eleveurs de brebis!!!
enfin bravo et merci.

Hi Harry,
This is beautiful! Wonderful composition, the bears show up wonderfully against the soft bluish background, excellent exposure and lighting. Beautiful!! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

Hi Harry

Wow... this is real NatGeo stuff. Brilliant work. Love this! :-)

Hi Harry,
Unusual subject you uploaded to TN and really a nice contribution. Great moment in the line and love the sharpness, colours and the texture on the bears. Horizontal framing worked great.

one-two one-two...must be the polar bear army:-)
Well done

Excellent contrast between the bears and snow...A really outstanding capture...TFS

Hi Harry,

I love the composition of this shot. The space in front of the bears makes the difference.

I enjoyed going through the rest of the gallery and look forward to learn from your experience.

Regards.. Sisir

Hi Harry,

Composed brilliant, and captured well.
Great details.

jean paul

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-29 13:46]

You are privileged to have had the chance to set your eyes on a scene like that! Extraordinary - and many thanks for sharing!
A masterpiece! Cheers, Klaus

Belle photo de ces trois ours blans en ligne, mais c' est normal a l' ère de l' informatique qu' il soit en ligne. Bien pris, bien net,photo a bien concerver puisque d' après les savant, a cause du réchauffement ils vont devenire de plus en plus rares. Amitiés Thomas

Harry, ...no words for this shot... PERFECT!

(this is one of the trip I'd like to do!)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-30 1:15]

The Walk of the Polar Bears
Harry - how great for you to be on that trip, and to see this family of three Polar Bears. Superb composition, colours adn whites are spot on,
Thank you

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-30 1:26]

Hi Harry,
Another lovely polar bear photo from you. Great control over the exposure on whites again. Very nice composition and pose.TFS.
Best wishes,

It would be so nice to get up north to do some of this photography.
I like your placement in frame. I guess this is rule of thirds done right.
Your photos all amaze me Harry.

Thanks for your critique on one of my recent picture, Mr Eggens.
The ambience in your picture of three white polar bears walking in a single file is very strong.
Well done and thanks for sharing it.

Hi Harry
would this picture be as good without the track above the bears? surely not!
great action (just look at the feet) with great compo and lovely colours (yes!).

Hi dear Harry ,
very nice shot with great composition.
nice light.
A perfect capture
thanks for sharing
my best wishes

Hi Harry,
This is so good!
I like all this white symphony!
You caught a great scene, with this bears line, all marching in perfect formation.
The path seen adds a reference and works great at the background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Harris,
Beautiful portrait composition and exposition are perfect, great treatment of whites, nice capture, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Harry...Another treat for us. Like the desolation here but with the bears together...the curved line gives the impression of an arduous trek. V.nice. Best, Brat.

Hola Harry,
Fantástica imagen de estos Osos blancos. Preciosa composición con luz muy bella. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Harry,
It is an excellent image. It is also a document very moving, because these animals now are very threatened by the climatic changes. I hope that us will be able to still see these superb animals very a long time. Congratulations

Hi Harry,
sorry I have missed this beautiful picture, (even it's a lot of snow;-) )
Not easy go get right exposure and WB but you manage very well.
Well composed, good POV and fine details.
Very good work.

And I'm glad that you become a member here on TN, you are posting great picture but what I like most, you write good
and decent comments.

Hello Harry,
Explendid capture, wonderful white colors
Great POV and sharpness, very well composed


WOOW harry !
just love it ! the empty space, the quietness,
what else can i say..
THANKS - carole

It takes one crazy Dutch guy ;-) to show a Canadian about his country's polar bear. And I'm glad you did. Very good POV. Great realistic colors. Thanks for sharing this. Dan

Hello Harry !
Must be fantastic to see these animals in the wild, I am so jealous ! :-) And your capture is truly perfect. Details, colors, exposure, composition, POV... everything is excellent. I also like the row that the bears are making, and its nice to see how they stand out even if they are white on white. Very well done !

Hi Harry,
Perfect exposure shows great colors in the pelage of the maritimus as well as the nice bluish/white balance of the snow. Makes me want to go and photograph these guys up north. Super Golden Snap Award from me to you. :)

Hi harry..

Back from holidays and catching up.

and what a shot. It is stunning. Will come back for more complete critique...


Hoi Harry,
Ik zat zaterdag naar Top Gear te kijken. Ze waren bezig met een reis naar de noordpool. Onderweg kwamen ze ijsberen tegen. Dit deed mij gelijk denken aan je foto's.
Een super mooie foto, waar het verschil in 'wit' van de beren en ijs duidelijk zichtbaar is. De compositie en het moment zijn super. Net het mooie stapje van moeder. De donkere lijn die naar de achtergrond loopt geeft de foto een mooie diepte.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-08-02 8:29]

Hi Harry,

Een schitterende opname van dit gezelschap in de (lijkt wel) verse sneeuw,de belichting is echt super wat niet altijd meevalt in de sneeuw,ik ben ook ook wel geinteresseerd om eens deze witte beren eens in het wild te aanschouwen,heb wel wat verhalen gelezen in NG over het plaatsje churchill,ook dat er in spitsbergen (ook gezien fotos van bufo)veel waar te nemen zijn,weet niet of je deze reis via internet of via nederlandse reisorganisatie geregeld hebt?


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-03 5:02]

Hola Harry,
una captura mágica,
detalles y sorprendente pov y tonos,
buen trabajo,

Hi Harry,

You have posted so many superb photos that I am having a hard time to choose on which ones to comment. I decided to add this one to my favourites for its simple yet great composition. One does not see a picture of a perfect line of three white bears very often but here as an added bonus the diagonal track in the snow brings depth and extra interest. Perfect exposure and sharpness. Outstanding.


Superbe photo, très belle composition, avec les trois ours au point fort et la trace dans la neige au fond.
Cette photo va dans mes favorites

Superb photograph, very beautiful composition, with the three bears at the strong point and the trace in snow at the bottom.
This photograph goes in my favorite.

Hello Harry,

This is real wildlife photography which could be displayed on the cover of any nature magazine. I wonder if a human has any chance to survive an encounter with such a splendid animal. You were lucky to be able to photograph them from inside of the Tundra Buggy.


Composition is perfect! I love the way you used the tracks in your composition. They add a great perspective to your picture. Also the bears were placed in the right spot to create a well balanced composition. It is like they continue the criss-cross shape of the tracks in the background.


There isn't much to say about colors in this picture since white is the dominant color. But the yellowish hue in the bears' fur and the blueish one in the ice gives us a sense of color.


The contrast is well adjusted to enhance the otherwise pale details.


Exposure is perfect! You didn't let the bright scene fool your camera and captured every detail perfectly.


In spite of the fact that cameras have problems focusing on a subject with little contrast, you focused right on the bears. The details are sharp and stand out from the white background.

A wonderful work of art! Well seen and presented! I'll add it to my favorites, with your permission. Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

Hi Harry,

This is a wonderful shot, it must have been an incredible trip. I love the close composition isolating just the bears in their surroundings, and the ice line winding off into the distance adds a great balance.

Lovely timing and exposure too.

Let's hope we are able to enjoy these magnificent creatures for many years to come, the ice disappearing fast as it is...

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for your comments on my shot - much appreciated.


Hi Harry,
As many have already said....this is a wonderful image....in fact from the short look I took I can say you have a lovely selection of wildlife images in your gallery.You have handled the difficult conditions here very well and managed to keep the snow white and the bears natural.I hope I will have a chance to see such scenes of nature in my lifetime....TFS.
Regards, David

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-10 9:54]

Hi Harry,
A classic shot of the three Polar bears walking in line. Superb exposure and light management. The soothing tone in the shot is just fabulous and your POV to portray the scene is awesome. Wonderfully done and composed. Kudos.

Hi Harry. This is the first time i have seen your photos and like what i see. This composition of three bears is very good to see through your lens as likely very few see with their own eyes. Well cropped and the crack in the ice beyond makes it more intreging. TFS. Murray.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-08-11 7:47]

Cze¶æ Harry. Fantastyczna fotka, idealne ujêcie, piêkna kompozycja. Bardzo dobra robota. Pozdrawiam Robert.

I really like this shot, although I might have taken a bit of the blue out of the snow. The composition is excellent. Well done.

Hello Harry!
You captured lovely trio. Perfect composition, very nice shot.
Regards, Agata

Hi Harry!
Great picture of those three polarbears.Although they and the background are white,they make a good contarst to each other.....
I like your point of view and the depth through the track.
Thanks for sharing,Jonas

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-07-22 6:48]

Hi Harry

Pure magic. Without any doubt as good as it can get. A wonderful snowy landscape with those amazing three polar bears to beautify the scenery.

Well done MF and TFS.

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