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Swimming polar bear

Swimming polar bear
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Rodzaj: Animals
Medium: Kolorowe
Data wykonania: 2007-08-03
Kategorie: Mammals
Aparat: Canon 20D, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Naświetlenie: f/5.6, 1/250 sekund
Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
Temat(y): CeltickRanger's favorite Bear photos, Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) [view contributor(s)]
Dodano: 2007-09-16 5:55
Oglądane: 4504
Ulubione: 1 [Widok]
Punkty: 32
[Noty - Informator] Notatki Autora
This polar bear had fed on something on the shore of Moffen Island at 80 degrees north on Spitsbergen. HE was very close to a group of walrusses. At some point a group of 4 large walrusses wanted to come ashore and had to pass the polar bear. This became too much for him, so he decided to swim back to the mainland (at least 25 km's away!!!) He took a look backwards to see what this large red ship was doing there all the time..

I heard on the news yesterday that this summer the northwesterly gateway had been open from sea ice. This would save lots of seamiles from european and eastern north american ships to sail to asia. For the polar bear this is bad news. For him is is to decide to follow the sea ice with little prey or stay on the mainland with the risk of getting overheated. Far from a nice idea...
Therefor this picture is dedicated to the subject: The Polar bear

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Hi Jacob,
I always love every picture of polar bear and hopping I could make one someday, really nice eye contact, good POV, the pose showing us how most of time this animal so-called as strong swimmer, really sad to hear about his option, but I guess the "big land" (this what Inuit people word for sea) will still provide them with plenty of hunt or scavenging oportunity, TFS

Bonjour Jacob, excellent note! This bear is directly looking at you. Good idea that he decided not to come back. Very good shot. Congratulations!

hi jacob
a very good picture with great whites!
very good job
i would like to see it in panoramic frame to make the picture stronger

aleks ;)
best wishes

They are many bad news concerning Polar Bears Jacob... I have seen some heartbreaking scenes in some documentary. Bears that died from drowning not being able to reach solid ground... I can't believe that we have gone that far... This is a precious capture, excellent picture that witness something that we might not see again in a near future... Sorry to be that pessimistic but this has unfortunately become a so sad reality. Thanks,

Hi Jacob

I love photos of Polar Bears and this one is great. Nice natural image. Well done!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1330] (10711)
  • [2007-09-16 12:11]

Ha Jacob,

Prachtig sfeervol shot van deze ijsbeer. Hij is vast en zeker geschrokken van je enorme lens :)
Je ziet de beer inderdaad denken.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-09-16 12:45]

Hello Jacob,
A marvellous, and with the climate problems to come, a precious shot of the Polar Bear. You are lucky to be able to see and photograph it.
Nice sharpness and composition and I like the way his head is turned to look at the people photographing him!
TFS and have a good week,

Hello Jacob! Very original perspective! Wonderful pet!

Hi Jacob
This is very nice, simple in composition photo. I like that it was taken in natural environment.
Simple and minimalistic but beautiful
Best wishes

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-09-17 2:31]

I like how he is looking right at you Jacob. And I think he is swimming away from you too.
Good catch


Excellent picture. You captured a unique expression on the bear's face. I looked at it several times and my imagination tells me that the bear is aware of the challenges to ecology and habitat; I see almost a sad expression on his face.

Regarding exposure, it would be nicer if you could make the ice whiter in color - closer to the actual color of ice, I hope. But, perhaps glacial ice is somewhat blue in color; I am not sure.


Hi Jacob,
A nice shot on this swimming polar bear. Good exposure has given nice colors and sharp detail. They are in serious trouble with the warmer temps. and melting ice.

hello Jacob

great photo of a great animal,
good sharpness on his head

and great idea to sensitize to polar bear's cause



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-21 19:47]

Hello Jacob

These guys can swim very well.Unfortunately for the polar bears they are drowning because the sea ice is further apart now.I love the look in the eye as this one spots you,but you get the feeling it doesn't really affect his swim too much,you are just an object to keep in mind.Lovely low POV and excellent sharp details.TFS


Hoi Jacob,
wat een pracht foto zeg. het feit dat de beer je aankeek maakt de foto extra bijzonder. Dit lijkt me een foto waar de belichting erg moeilijk kan zijn, maar je hebt het echt perfect weten te controleren. Erg mooi detail in de kop en een perfecte scherpte diepte. die piza lens van je geeft toch wel erg mooi resultaat.

greaqt ! wonder what is in his mind. Ori

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