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No Time to Waste

No Time to Waste
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-12 13:55
Viewed: 3183
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of those shots that separates the amateurs from the pros...I being the amateur. Under tricky conditions and "No Time to Waste" I grabbed this shot with questionable camera settings including an ISO of 1000 which gave me some noise. As it turns out I didn't need that fast a shutter speed, and could have had a narrower aperture. It was raining and the bear was at least 450-500 feet away; that is asking a lot of my lens. I decided to post this one, sacrificing quality for composition. I like the pose of the bear and the gnarly tree.

I also named this "No Time to Waste" because the first snow of the season began that day and this sow and her cub had no time to waste in eating enough to sustain them through the winter hibernation. She looked up only for a second and then got back to business.

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Interesting note; I thought the title was referring to you.
Take the picture and get out of here...:-)
As you said the sharpness isn't really there and a bit dark shadows as well (the bear).
Nevertheless an interesting shot. Very moody. Real wildlife.
Natural environment. A big bear;-).

Evelyn you're hero. Ineresting shot. Great atmosphere. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards. Stefan

Hi Evelynn,
Nice composition and I like the atmosphere of this shot.

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-02-12 17:25]

Really interesting shot Evelynn, sometimes it happened also to pros like you :-) that time pressure makes the technical conditions difficult.TFS

This is a great shot, no two ways about it. I chased bears often and never got anything like that - yet! Don't sell yourself short: wonderful picture and good work in pp to present it!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-12 23:09]
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Hello Evelynn

A beautiful shot,I wonder why the backround scenery always looks nicer out west.I guess I am accustomed to my surroundings so they don't look very exotic to me,but your shot looks amazing.You did really well with this composition.I also don't understand why bears do so poorly on TN.I love bear shots.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-13 0:51]

Wow, that is a very clear shot of a bear.
I would not have wanted you to get any closer.
Quite good details on this big bruin.
I also like the composition and the gnarled tree,
but I also like the crisscrossing diagonal lines in the BG
formed by the rocks and the tree trunk.
TFS. : )

Wow Evelynn, this is a great shot. Its maybe a little soft, but the composition with the tree, brush and rock is great, and it's a BEAR. I would bet there are a lot of people on this sight that would be willing to trade a few of their "sharper" pictures for one like this.

Thanks, John

Hi Evelynn,

A very good composition and the quality is not so bad, the light is a little feeble. Per contra the colours are great and posture of bear is according with title. Good work, .... like always. Best regards, Cezar T.

I guess you could have also called this photo "bearly enough time", but I digress with the puns. It is a wonderful composition Evelynn and even at ISO 1000 it looks to be a splendid image.

Hello Evelynn,
I would love to see some bears in the wild too but it is not a common thing here... I like this beautiful composition and its natural environment which looks great. I also like this good exposure. Well seen and I envy you right now :) Thanks,

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-13 6:27]

Hi evelyn,
This is a lovely bear in the environment image.The flowers dotting the landscape adds to the ambience.
Badruddin Ali

Hi Evelynn,
I have had to shoot at ISO 800 many times on very cloudy low light days. No one does better handling noise at the high ISO better than Canon.I think this turned out well under the conditions you had to shoot under. Subdued colors form the low light, but well composed and framed. Quick timing to catch the good pose.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-13 8:06]

Hi Evelynn,
Now you have done it, a posting with my favorite subjects. The composition and colors are magnificent Evelynn. Thanks for sharing.
Smiley tomorrow.

Hello Eveylene,

excllent capture perfect details I really like this POV but be careful excllent work here TFS Kyle

Hi Evelynn,
I like the darkness you have in this photo. It fits the scenery and the bear perfectly. The shape of the tree, the rocky BG and the pose of bear all indicates a dark and moody day. Just a wonderful photo.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-13 14:59]

Hello Evelynn , Fantastic shot from the bear great compositie details light beauty bg and tri . Greetings Teunie .

Hi Evelynn,
sacrificing quality for composition is not the case with this picture as it reflects the conditions at the time and that adds to the reality of it.I like that tree to the bears' left,the way the branches are curved mostly point one way(must be a windy place much of the time).Well done despite the weather. Bob

Hi Evelynn,
Not an animal that I can expect to come across in the woods down from my house.....or anywhere else here in Israel.Well done despite the difficult weather conditions....I can sympathize with you regarding moments like these as it is easy to somewhat "panic".I like the scene with the bear seeming to look for something and the "bare" tree (a try at a joke!).Pretty sharp even though you were at full length.Have a good weekend!
Regards, David

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-02-17 14:13]

Hi Evelynn,

Wow, what a moment that must have been for you to encounter this bear. And how great you could capture him like this.
On my vacation to Canada last year I did see a bear in the wild on three different moments (while driving), but never this close :-)
Very beautiful capture with great natural colours.
Thanks for sharing this and have a great weekend!

Greetings, Nel

Hello Evelynn,
A beautiful animal!
And in my humble opinion it is very well done, nicely composed image and the focus is just right...
Good colours too!
Pablo -

Hi Evelynn, great capture!!!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-23 14:44]

for having not so great camera settings when this was taken your lens did a great job and the photographer did an even better job at framing this shot. very good composition and I think the quality isn't that bad. Very pretty shot.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-07-28 11:22]

Wonderful capture, Evelynn. My daughter learned in school, "If it's black, fight back, if it's brown, lie down" [I think it was part of the specialized curriculum for budding nature photgraphers]. But here the difficulty with that -- the brown is black and brown. Even as I sit here with lots of time I can't positively ID the bear (black or griz). Which is one of the dangers of the bears and trying to ID them. Griz are best IDed by their "dished" face and their humps on their backs. I see a slight dish to the face and some slight hump in the back, so I'm leaning toward griz. But I'll bow to any better naturalist than me.

Muy interesante tu data y una captura excelente, las ISO 1000 se pagan aunque en este caso has logrado un muy buen click!

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