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Missing my friends at TN

Missing my friends at TN
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1.4X II
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Big Ears [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-10 23:13
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I would like to apologize and explain my recent lack of participation here. Besides an increased workload with my full time job, I decided to start a side business as a part-time professional photographer. I have been working at marketing and selling my photographs. I had to go the legitimate route with tax ID numbers, business bank accounts, and a complete set of books for the business. This has consumed all my free time. I have been selling my nature prints in some local art galleries, and doing freelance work on some commercial jobs. I also do photo restorations and other small photshop and graphic design work. The idea is just to make enough money to buy more camera equipment.

I just wanted everyone to know that I have missed my many friends here and their great photos that have inspired me to try this next step. I have been peeking, but have not had time to contribute like I should. I just felt I had to take a break and reconnect with my friends here.

Grizzly Bear - Ursus arctos horribilis

Grizzlies are immense bears, weighing up to 1,400 pounds. They eat both plants and animals, and are very adept at fishing for salmon and trout. They rely on their sense of smell more than their hearing or sight, and often stand on their hind legs to sniff their surroundings.

The grizzly is just one subspecies, or type, of brown bear (Ursus arctos). While grizzlies are confined to northwestern North America, other types of brown bears are found in Europe, northern Asia and Japan. The species as a whole is found in fairly healthy numbers worldwide (200,000 or more). But their Conservation Status hides the fact that many brown bear populations are in danger of extinction. This is certainly true of grizzlies. Once found throughout the mountains of western North America, habitat loss and hunting have reduced their numbers to only about 1,000 in the lower 48 states. For this reason, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service considers the grizzly bear (south of Canada) to be threatened with extinction.

Did You Know?
A grizzly bear can sprint 30 to 35 miles an hour over short distances -- faster than many horses.

Source - St. Louis Zoo website

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-11 0:00]

Hello Scott

Wonderful sharp details and spot on focus.The colours are rich and well saturated.The pose suggests a quiet resignation to it's lot in life.Very good DOF and POV.The lighting is well handled.TFS


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-05-11 0:12]
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Hi Scott

So too I have missed you and the other TN friends, not because you were not around, but rather because I was pretty scarce myself. Too many reasons for mentioning all the excuses though, but hopefully I will now have some time again to spend here where I like to be most of all, on TN chatting to my friends and enjoying all the spectacular photos. Btw, good luck with the business and I sincerely hope you make a killing. Sorry, that maybe sounded like the wrong thing to say to an officer of the law.

Reading through your notes made me realise that it must be either brave men, or foolish men, who would wander off the beaten track on horse back in any area where these guys are to be found. Maybe that is the reason why they are on horse back though. If Mr. Bear comes around to catch them they could always tie the horse to a tree so that the bear can focus on the horse while they (the brave cowboys) make a hasty disappearance. Although, this guy looks like he would not waste the energy to run after anything, but perhaps the Zoo keeper who brings his food.

A lovely capture with great composition and POV. I just love the curtain of water in the BG. The colours are splendid, the details are razor sharp, and the lighting was perfectly controlled.

Very well done and TFS.

Hi Scottt,
Good to see you back.We all go away sometimes.
Hope things are going well for you.
Great shot of this laid back grizzly.
The lighter patches of fur on his ears are interesting.
Nice compo and a good note.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-11 0:48]

Hi Scott, missing you too and many of the other 'oldies'!! Life isn't the same without you all! And at time I feel like this dear old fellow looks.
It's a lovely capture of the grizzly, even his eye-brow hairs around his eye stand out.
And good luck with your new business - go fo it!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-11 1:35]

Hi Scott,
We have missed you too.
Glad to know all is well, and best of luck for your new venture.
You captured this grizzly in such a mellow mood.
Great close-up with very sharp details.
I love those tufts of golden hairs.
TFS. : )

Hello Scott

All the best with the new venture! I love this broody bear. His chocolate brown coat is so shiny. A wonderful to view image. Thank you MF. :-)

Hello Scott,
Good luck with your new enterprise!
Hopefully you'll succeed and I'm sure you will as it appears the first goals are modest...
By the way... great bear portrait!
Pablo -

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-11 2:31]

Hello Scott,
Lovely ımage of the grizzly. Looks like an innocent child capable of tremendous damage. Good luck with your endeavors. Hope it all works out.
Best wishes,

Hi Scott. A good emotive close up of this brown bear. Good clarity and colours. Murray.

Hi Scott,
Really god close up of this pitty and so lonelly Grizzly, eventhough it seems monotones with brown but its really beautifully composed and well saturated. I like the detail you catch from its sad face, TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-11 3:02]

Hello Scott much luck with your new work.
beautiful portrait, original poses,
greetings friend.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-11 4:53]

Hi Scott

Very nice to hear from you again, my friend!
I'm glad things are looking good for you and that you are finally making some money for some new equipment...can't wait to see what you'll buy and what results you'll have with it :)

Meanwhile, i just hope you have some free time...not much...but just enough for a small trip or even outing to take your mind off tihngs and give you some shooting chances. I know you'll like that :)

This is a lovely portrait! The bair looks a little said...i hoe it doesn't reflect your mood. I know you've missed TN and we sure missed you, but it's easy to understand why you were absent these past few weeks (not that you would need a reason...).

Anyway, in etrms of tech-talk, i really like the POV of this shot and the look in the subject's eyes.
All the details and natural colors are great and the waterfall behind it really enhances the overall compo.

Cheers and TFS

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-11 5:04]

Hi Scott,

Superb portraist of the Handsome Grizzly, its a great composition and the pose goes so well with your title and note as he looks in such a reflective mood, the detail is excellent and you have nicely captured the softness of the Fur, nice nartural colours too. Best Wishes on your new business adventure.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-11 5:15]

Hi Scott.
This is a great step at your common life and life as photographer. I wish you successful realization of your exciting program and only I ask, that you though occasionally would share with us your achievements.

All your shots and this one show that you a great master. I like expressive picture of this mighty dear, excellent crop and amazing colours. Pleasant lighting, perfect sharpness of the bear and nice blurred BG create an amazing impression. Bravo, my congratulations and best wishes for future. We are waiting for you as a winner.

Hi Scott,
Appologies accepted.:) Especially for the reason why. I think you made a really good move to become a part time pro. I hope all the best and that at sometimes I can see some of your wonderful work outside TN and TL.

This is another marvelous photo with such razor sharp details and such a wonderful intimate pose. It's the human like expression that makes this perfect. I also like the BG a lot, it is the slightly blurry water that gives the back a nice peacefull feel.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-05-11 5:54]

Hello Scott,
Great shot of this beautifull shining bear. Love it.
Success with your new adventure in business.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-11 6:21]

Hi Scott, I say congratulations to you for going pro. I hope it all works out well. Nice shot of the grizzly, he looks pensive. Great exposure, ligt and very clean and sharp. good dof.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-11 7:16]

Hi Scott,
This high quality portrait tells us about how tired the bear is! Extreme details and a original pose.
I understand what you've said about bussiness book...
TFS, José M.

hello Scot,
nice to hear something about you, the shot is nice, the only thing I mis is the eye contact with the camera, farther good photojob, well done.
gr/. jaap

I'm glad to read this good new Scott. It is not that easy to start a new business and I wish you good luck! We missed you and your beautiful pictures indeed :) This is a superb portrait of an impressive animal. I like those rich tones of colors, beautiful lightning and details and this funny and very relax pose that you captured. Thanks!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-11 8:15]

Hi Scott,
It's a very nice, moody and a meaningful pose of this beautiful bear.
We have missed you too. It's so good to hear that you have started a side business as a part time pro photographer. I wish you a good luck :o)

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-11 8:35]

salut Scott;
tu as tout pardonné, nous sommes tous plus ou moins disponible pour TN, le travail est très présent.
Belle image ici avec le sentiment que ce gros nounours est très fatigué ou triste.


That explains your infrequent interaction on TN these last few weeks, Scott. You were reasonably busy for a right cause which, I am sure, everyone will appreciate.
I wish you all the best in your venture.

Coming to the picture, it is a wonderful portrait of a Grizzly looking so very quiet, calm and reflective.
Thanks for sharing the picture and best regards.

Hi Scott,
I thought you were on a travel...
Good to have here again, despite the lack of time.
And hope all the best for you in this new stage on your live, it says a lot from you to pursuit your aspirations and dreams. I'm sure you will succes on it.

I like very much this portrait of the bear.
Your shoot makes him look so fragile...
Got excellent colours on their shining fur.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Sounds like you need to take a tip from this bear and have a restful snooze. I'm glad you are back in action. this is a really nice sharp image and I like the close crop. Good luck with your business.

Evelynn : )

Hello Scott,
Te escribo en español porque en este tiempo ando con tiempo escaso y me es más fácil expresarme. En primer lugar has hecho una foto hermosa, que muestra el aburrimiento de ese pobre oso "encarcelado" en el zoo. Los detalles son como siepre, exquisitos.
Por otra parte te deseo lo mejor para tu nuevo emprendimiento "comercial-artístico" y que puedas sacarle el mejor rédito a tus fotos tanto en la parte monetaria como en la parte espiritual, porque seguramente lo haces como todos nosotros aquí: con todo placer y pasión.
Un abrazo grande.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-11 20:14]

Hi Scott,
what a wonderful capture, who could resist such a sweet look.
Beautiful portrait of this bear, love the expression you captured in its face and eyes.
Wonderful sharpness and the colors are nice and rich.

bonjour scott
un joli portrait plein de tranquilité,alors que cet animal est souvent craint.

I know what you mean, I just went the professional route too, what a lot of work. Nice shot, though I think he seems to be a bit non excited by your photo shoot. ;)


Hi Scott,
The bear kinda looks like he's missing someone and conveys yours message well. I hope you do great with the photography business. Do you have a website so that people may go through your gallery of fantastic images? If not you should concider it. :)

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-13 15:24]

selam scott
wonderful portrait photo of this cute bear while it is in laziness time
i like composition, point of view, depth of field, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note
thanks for sharing

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-13 19:50]

Scott, I'm really rooting for you in your part-time job as a professional photographer. I know you'll do great.

Excellent and lovely image.

Great note too.

Good technical capture, Scott (though I'd be tempted to crop a bit from the top). A really amazing job on capturing this expression.
P.S. I missed everyone, too. But at least you have an excuse. (OK, I'll blame mine on winter).

Hello Scott,
Very nice bear picture. Skillfully done. Glad to hear about your new venture. With all best wishes and looking forward to your success.

Hi, Scott.
Nice shot. Friendly looking bear or maybe sad. Excellent exposure, sharpness and details.

Great close-up. When I tried for these bears, they are always too far away, thought lately I got some good poses. He looks like he could be petted: dangerous thought!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-18 3:10]

Hello Scott,
Wow, now I know a professional photographer ;-) I wish you good luck for your business. Me, somtime I can sell photos because of my website...
The "+++" : composition, nice subject, funny pose on rock, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, exposure, interesting note...
The "-" : nothing...
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing.

Hello Scott,

This picture was very well chosen to convey what the title says! The bear really looks like he's missing someone or something. Maybe freedom! It was a great surprise to find this picture in your gallery as I encountered a mother bear with her cub two days ago in the woods around our studio. I managed a few good shots from about 10 m safe distance and will soon post them.
It is great to have you back on TN, especially with such a great photo. I would also wish you good luck with your new side job!
Here is my critique:


I like the simplicity of this composition. There is nothing to distract from the emotions that the bear is showing. You picked the best place to position the bear's face which is the most important element in the composition. The blurred waterfall is an excellent background to isolate the subject! Very well done!


The excellent, natural colors of your subject are so familiar to me now. Saturation was adjusted very well!


I find it difficult to adjust the contrast correctly as I tend to get underexposed shadows in the fur. You did a great work here my friend!


Outstanding exposure to preserve the details in the shadows of the dark fur! You used a pretty long shutter speed for such a focal length. You must have a very steady hand for photography if this was taken handheld.


The bear is in sharp focus and the details look accordingly! I could count the hairs in the fur if I cared. There is no sharpness fall-off on the subject thanks to a small f/11 aperture. Great camera work!

A very good picture with well documented notes! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-18 10:43]

Hi Scott,

I'm a bit late but this is a marvelous closeup of the bear. The colors are rich and beautiful. The details are so good that we can see the eyelashes! Lovely pose.


Great shot of this cute guy. Nice detail. I like the 3 gray hairs above his eye.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-21 2:40]

Hello Scott,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,clear details and expression on face a lot.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-05-21 15:07]

Too cool! I like it...;-)
I hope things are going well mf.
I'm busy learning how much I don't know.

Hi dear Scott ,
great details with excellent sharpness.
beautiful colours.
thanks for sharing my friend
best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-26 21:26]

Hello Scott,
Your fabulous work deserves to be shared and admired by others. Congratulations and good luck, but the luck you probably don't need because of your great talent.

""A grizzly bear can sprint 30 to 35 miles an hour over short distances -- faster than many horses.""

Yup Scott sometimes I wonder why rangers go into the woods on horseback!

I recall getting booted away by a warden who told us that the grizzly that we were admiring was "cranky"... The wardens had been trying to move this berrypickin' munchin' crunchin' ursus on by firing rubber bullets [RBs] at its rump!

Well no kidding buddy, I would be cranky too after a few arbies!

Your horribilis looks like a pussycat that has quite running... Sad to see what results zoos have. Cute lil ears though! Given the size of the grizzly's head, I said that tongue in cheek. Tfs, Jay

PS I miss my friends too; any absence seems to result in lack of contact(s). But there are times when there is no choice... :-(

Hey Scott, this bear looks exactly like I feel..
Just waiting, and waiting, and...well you know the feeling :)
Great job mf.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-18 16:36]

Ooh!! What a cute and marvellous picture!!
This is really a grizzly bear? WOW!! They are so dangerous! How did you do the shot?
The details are so perfect that it seems you were at a short distance.
Magnificent job, Scott! Really superb!
Congratulations and TFS

Hello Scott, :)

Another excellent image, showing off great detail in his hair, especially his eyebrows. Looks very content, like we would all like to be.

I've been MIA as well, sorry I had no idea you have been so busy. Hope I have corresponded in a timely fashion, if not please forgive me. Take care, always an inspiration and joy to see your work.

Take Care,

Excellent sharpness.
Belle image.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-29 11:29]

Hi Scott

I've just read the note - good luck with the photography work. I hope it all goes well

I love this shot. Great character! Excellent POV and lovely details. I'm not sure I would want to be that close



Hello Scott! I have been a bit absent of late also, and feel the same emptiness without all my friends here to chat with daily. I love this bear pose, so calm and serene, yet so deadly to encounter in the wild. I did know about how fast they can run, you can't outrun them on horseback unless you're going down a steep hill where you might have a slight advantage because of their massive size. It always amazed me why they show people running away from them in the movies since it's impossible!!
WEll done capturing this wonderful animal, and good luck in your new business!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-31 5:52]

Hello Scott, great shot my friend, well done on the composition and technique ! Well seen and thanks for the thought.


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