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Close encounter in the wild...

Close encounter in the wild...
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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: 2008-06-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 1600, bean bag
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-18 9:13
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,

One of my last uploads for the time being as I have to go to sea again friday,not so funny as friday it is midsummer,anyway this is again an upload from my visit to the bearhide in edsbyn,this picture was a good test as it was made under poor light conditions (in the forest,late in the evening and it was raining as you might notice on the picture),I raised my ISO level to 1600 and opened fully to 2.8,with use of a beanbag as stabilization I think I managed quite ok and am happy with this result,hope you like it too,thanks for your attention and till next time.

I only cropped and sharpened the picture a bit,I have not use any noise reduction software,I know there is some noise,but I think it is acceptable under the conditions the picture has been made,hope you agree.

eng55, aes_thor, nglen, Dis. Ac., cloud, SelenE, Luis52, Jamesp, viv, hester, SunToucher has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-18 9:44]

Hi Paul,
Lovely capture.I liked lighting,blurred BG,framing and expression on face a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Paul,
friendly looking bear, low lighting condition can be seen in colours and sharpness, but it's not too bad.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-18 10:27]

Hi paul .Have a safe trip . This is a great close up of the huge looking Bear, Ok not the best light but still good detail in the soft looking coat. well done TFS. see you soon.

Hello Paul,
Very good photo in this poor light and rainy day. I like the expression of the bear, who seems very quite and peaceful...

Hello Paul
You opened the lense wide open and the iso right up to 1600 in what were gloomy rainy conditions under tree cover...To be honest I would be more than happy with the details you have captured on this wonderful bear...Its a superb capture and shows the quality of you as a photographer and your carefully chosen equipment.
I wish you a safe trip.
All the Best

Hallo Paul,

Mooie foto en snap niet waarom hij maar 10 punten heeft.
Mooie compositie en de beer staat goed in de foto.
Vaak krijgen mooie foto's minder punten en slechte of mindere zomaar 60 punten.
Heb ik ook wel last van maar goed het is niet anders.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-18 14:36]

Hi Paul,
I think you managed the poor light conditions well.Expression and pose you captured are very nice. TFS

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-18 19:50]

Hola Paul.
Hermosa foto de este Grisly. Debe ser hermoso poder admirar estos enormes osos en su media ambiente.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-18 23:25]

Hi Paul

An excellent pose - classic really. As you say a bit of noise - but the bear is great! Have a good journey.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-06-19 3:17]

Hi Paul,
This is really close, what a super portrait of this lovely bear.
With a lot of expression. A great work you did.
Again a safe trip and hope that you can shoot some nice things.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-19 11:25]

Very good capture, Paul!
Excellent DOF from that super-wide aperture and a brilliant BG.
Superb sharpness and detail.
Great POV.
Some noise but I think it adds to the shot!

Well done!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-06-19 13:18]

Bonjour Paul
Très belle capture, on ne choisi pas toujours ces situations très délicates de prise de vue.
Une belle réussit quand même!
Amicalement Robi

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-21 20:37]

Hello Paul

Very good sharpness under the conditions.
Lovely composition.
The expression on the bear's face priceless.
Well done.


Totally agree about the noise reduction. It is too often overdone and then the animals look like a plastic toy.
Nice pose and composition.
Beautiful healthy specimen.

In the condition you were of light and weather, this shot is a masterpiece. And this bear has an expression so gentle..
Wishes, Diana

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-17 13:41]

Hi Paul

Wow great result for ISO 1600. The image is amazing. I am not sure I would want to be that close. I love the composition, DOF and sharpness



hello Paul

ncie portrait shot of this great wild animal,
fine POV and framing, i love to see his environment"s
green vegetations, the bear being againts daylight (en contre-jour)
it gives an excellent effect of some parts of his fur in shadows
and the other parts of his fur in the highlights, TFS


Hoi Paul,
De ruis is meer dan acceptabel in zo'n mooie foto als deze. De menselijke epressie van deze beer is gewoon super. De lichte lach en onschuldige ogen zijn prachtig. De scherpte diepte in deze foto is erg goed en geeft de volle aandacht aan de beer. De foto had van mij iets scherper gemogen zodat je iets meer doortekening krijgt in de vacht.

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