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Playing around
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 400, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-18 3:44
Viewed: 3369
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today again a picture I shot last week during a visit at skansen in Stockholm.

Some fact of the brown bear
As winter approaches, brown bears—often called grizzly bears—prepare for a long hibernation. During the fall, a brown bear eats practically around the clock, stocking up for the four to seven months when it’ll have to live off stored body fat. A grizzly may chow down on 90 pounds (40 kilograms) of food each day.

As the cold swoops in, the fattened bear waddles into a den among rocks or one it dug out among tree roots. As it falls into a deep sleep, the bear’s heart rate drops from about 40 beats a minute to as low as 8 beats a minute. All the bear’s body functions slow down.

The female brown bear enters her den pregnant with one (sometimes two or three) baby bears. If she succeeded in finding enough food to have a healthy store of fat, the embryo, or tiny developing baby bear, continues to develop and is born after a couple of months. If the mother didn’t fatten up enough, the embryo might not develop.

“Mama bear” doesn’t even wake up as her blind and hairless cub is born midwinter. The tiny bear, about the size of a chipmunk, is just strong enough to crawl into a position where it settles in to nurse. A female brown bear’s milk is very rich in fat and calories, so the cub grows quickly. By the time the adult grizzly wakes up in the spring, her baby is strong enough to follow her out of the den.

Nearly half of all brown bear cubs born are likely to die before they’re a year old. Some die of disease, and others die of starvation. Predators such as wolves, mountain lions, and adult male bears—even a cub’s own father—are threats, especially to cubs that are separated from their mothers. But mother brown bears are fiercely protective, so many cubs do survive. They live with their mothers for up to three years, and then they’re usually ready to face life on their own.

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Bellissima foto Paul, complimenti!


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-18 3:50]

Great action shot, Paul, with the water splashing.
Good POV of the two bears interacting.
Sharp details and good light.
Well done and TFS. ; )

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-18 3:58]

Hello Paul,
Funny capture.Moment you caught is great.POV,colors,sharpness,details and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Paul

Very nice work. Well done. Composition is great with good clear details. :-)

Paul, this is a excellent picture. I hope, i can see more about the bears. Great colours, excellent sharpness, details and great POV. This is a very nice composition. Well done.
Thank you for posting.
(Since 170 years there was a brown bear in Bavarian/Germany. He was killed two weeks ago. His name was "Bruno" and was coming over the Alps fom Italy. - I was very angry about this decision . That was very, very bad!!!! - Sorry, I am member to a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals.)

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-07-18 6:45]

Ha Paul,

Leuk actieshot van deze spartelende beren!
Als het daar in Zweden op dit moment net zo warm is als hier in Nederland, kan ik me de waterpret goed voorstellen.


Hello Paul, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, Everything is really crisp, Nice action it tells a story of these bears graet work, TFS Kyle

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-18 10:09]

Hi Paul,
Looks like they are having fun :-) Nice to catch a little movement in the water with great detail on the Bears. Great timing too, excellent colours and good exposure shooting almost directly into the sun (I'm guessing that from the Crow's shadow). Great shot, I think it might have looked better in portait format but just my opinion :-)

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-18 10:46]

Hi Paul,
Thsi is a great capture of these brown bears. The image is perfectly sharp and the composition works well.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-18 13:59]

Hello Paul,
geat shjot, with excellent POV and crop. Excellent action sho0t with wonderful details.
Very well composed and framed.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-18 14:28]

Hi Paul,
Grea moment! A wonderful action shot with very good details and pov.
TFS, José M.

Hi Paul,
What a great action photo with such great playfullness captured. I like the sharpness you've captured and that with 1/200 of a sec exposure. The leaf in the bottom gives it also a kind of spy-ish photo.

Great action capture Paul..
They may be playin' but it looks like it could be serious :) I like the water flying about and the POV here. Very good detail and framing, great job!

Interesting capture. Well shot with good detail. Motion is implied with your point of view and the water droplets. TFS.

Suggestion: I would clone out the bird on the right as it takes the attention away from the bears.

A truely great action shot!
Absolutly superb!
Everything`s great about this picture!

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