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Stepping Away from the Table

Stepping Away from the Table
Photo Information
Copyright: Eloise WP (Juniper) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 13] (46)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF 75-300mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-13 9:05
Viewed: 4318
Points: 4
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As I watched, this Arctic carnivore left his half-eaten seal, fully satiated from his feast. Lunch was probably a small, spotted seal, but I was too late to determine the menu.

With blood still on the fur around his lips, this polar bear stepped down onto the snow, curled up, and began to nap.

Naturalists predict a 30% decline in polar bears over the next 30 years. As sea ice disappears, bears will be limited in the range of hunting which they now enjoy.

Ringed seals make three to four breathing holes in the ice. Waiting on top of the ice island, the polar bear stealthily moves from hold to hole, covering its black nose with a paw as it pauses at the ice opening. Patiently waiting for hours for a meal, a polar bear swipes the unsuspecting seal with one paw, bringing it to the ice for a feast.

Polar bears eat up to 45 ringed seals annually.

In my re-post, I changed the tone curve assist from standard to high and sharpened the image somewhat. Thanks to Irishprophet25 for helping me understand how to use Digital Photo Professional.

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To ikeharel: So true, Ike!Juniper 1 08-24 09:55
To vanderschelden: AnnickJuniper 2 08-14 14:34
To CatherineD: Always helpful, CatherineJuniper 1 08-13 12:25
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Hello Eloise,
The previous one was already great. As I told you, I like very well the diagonal composition. Yes, I can see that the snow is more white here. Sharpening is necessary after resizing. DPP is a very useful, specially when you shoot in RAW. Thanks for the note about this poor fellows, who suffer a lot from global warning. Cheers,

Hello Eloise,
Amazing creature.
Decisive moment nicely composed with that diagonal line within the shot.

Nice from a distance - extremely dangerous at close range.
Good image of the Polar-bear on it's natural environment.

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