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Bruin before the nap

Bruin before the nap
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z of Mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-29 7:26
Viewed: 4931
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In Wiki this bear is called 'bruin'. 'Bruin' is also Dutch.
Often this name is given to a child's toy bear. Bruin is probably an English word of Dutch origin.
In reality it is a huge bear.

Brown Bears have furry coats in shades of blonde, brown, black, or a combination of those colors. The longer outer guard hairs of the brown bear are often tipped with white or silver, giving a "grizzled" appearance. Brown bears have a large hump of muscle over their shoulders, which give strength to the forelimbs for digging. Bears are very powerful, even if considered pound for pound, a big specimen can break a neck or spine of a fully grown buffalo with a single blow. Forearms end in massive paws with very powerful claws up to 15 cm (5.9 inches) in length. Their heads are large and round with a concave facial profile. The normal range of physical dimensions for a brown bear is a head-and-body length of 1.7 to 2.8 m (5.6 to 9.2 feet) and a shoulder height 90 to 150 cm (35 to 59 inches), although the abnormally large specimens exceed these measurements. The smallest subspecies is the European brown bear, with mature females weighing as little as 90 kg (200 lb). The largest subspecies of the brown bear are the Kodiak bear and the bears from coastal Russia and Alaska. Some large male Kodiak are over 3m (10 feet) in height while on their hind legs, and weigh about 680 kg (1,500 lb). The largest Kodiak bear, according to the Gary Brown's Great Bear Almanac, weighed over 1100 kilograms (2500 pounds). Bears raised in zoos are usually heavier than bears raised in the wild because of regular feeding and less movement. In zoos, bears may weigh up to 900 kilograms (2000 pounds), like the well-known "Goliath" from New Jersey's Space Farms zoo. They have a very short, stubby tail, just like all bears.

Shooting Date/Time
2/12/2006 12:53:09
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RAW to JPEG,minor adjustments, Levels, Resize, Smart Sharpening in LAB,Add Canvas for framing matters, Save for Web.

Enjoy your 06 day!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-29 8:03]

Hi Annick,
Another great closeup shot with excellent detail. That rock is his pillow? Thanks for sharing Annick.

Salut Annick
Superbe composition,j'aime bien l'éclairage et les magnifique couleurs et la netteté de ce beau portrait .Il a l'air vraiment très gros ce toutou
Bravo et au revoir....JP

Hello Annick,

Excllent work, great colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo

TFs Kyle

hi annick,
lovely post,
the animal looks cute, well composed with nice pov,
tfs & regards

Hi Annick
Beautiful portrait of bair. Good composition interesting POV. He looks bored :-)
Best wishes for 2007

Well done Annick.
I think you managed the balance of color and light perfectly..
Excellent sharpness, detail, DOF, and comp.
Great eye contact with this sleepy bruin..I must say that rock for a pillow doesn't work for me though ;-}
Happy New Year!

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2006-12-29 11:30]

hello Annick
sympatyczna fotka misia, a jednoczesnie jakos tak przykro patrzy na nas, moze zmeczony i spac mu sie chce, pozdrowienia na nowy rok

very nice a great shot technically good rgds Necip.

Bonjour Annick,
Magnifique nounours ! La prise de vue est superbe, il a l'air d'être si doux ce gros tintin !
Meilleurs voeux. Bonne année 2007.

this is a very nice portrait from the Grizzly. Very beautiful bear! Great sharpness, details and very good POV. Very good DOF and composition. Thank you for posting. I wish you a Happy New Year.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-12-29 15:33]
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Hi Annick,
I posted before but somehow it didn't go thru.

I love your bear - his position is wonderful. He looks just like a big teddy bear sitting in a chair in my bedroom.

Happy New Year,

Hi Annick,

This guy looks so relaxed and friendly. I guess appearances can be deceiving. Very well done.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-29 16:58]

I am so impressed with your zoo pictures, Annick. : )
I have really enjoyed each and every one of them.
You have a way of capturing the essence of the animal, despite its artificial environment and lifestyle.
This bear is no exception. The details and light are perfect as usual, and the (human-like) sleeping pose is just so funny.
Thank you for all your wonderful pictures throughout the year, and looking forward to many more in 2007.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Hi Annick

This is one very laid back bear..... totally relaxed! Excellent shot with the full face view and he/she is looking right down the lens! Best wishes for 2007 :-)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-29 17:15]

Wonderful details in this close up and a lovely pose. I don't think much of his pillow



Hola Annick,
Preciosos el retrato, parece que haya posado para la cámara, enhorabuena. Un cordial saludo y feliz año

superbe photo trés belle composition et d'une netteté exemplaire bravo

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-30 7:49]

Prachtig portret Annick. Erg scherp, goede belichting en natuurlijke kleuren. Goede note ook. TFS!


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