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Starting The Spin Cycle

Starting The Spin Cycle
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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, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-19 23:25
Viewed: 3773
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo safari to the St. Louis Zoo today. Very hot and humid so I did not expect to even look at the bears. They are generally looking very bored. But,the Polar Bear was in his large swimming pool and entertaining the crowd. He would swim around then start to shake off. When he started roatating that massive head, water would fly everywhere. I had loaned my good 70-200 zoom to my friend Scott Hale who was with me, So I again used my macro lens for non macro work. This was in my opinion, the best shot of several in a series that I took. Enough detail in the bear without to much motion blur, yet water flying everywhere.

This is a full frame shot with no cropping.

Range: Circumpolar Arctic region
Habitat: Sea ice, coastlines, islands
Conservation Status: Threatened
Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus

Polar bears make their home on the islands, coastlines and floating ice blocks of the Arctic. They spend most of their time in the water in search of seals, walrus and fish. Their webbed paws and streamlined body form help make them expert swimmers. Their white coat helps hide them in their snowy white world, an advantage when they want to sneak up on prey.

Polar bears are also well adapted to the cold. A thick coat with hollow hairs, black skin and furred footpads protect them against frigid weather.

As is the case with most bears, polar bears are not very social animals. Adults spend little time together, except during breeding season. The closest bond is between a mother and her young. Mother bears are very attentive to their cubs. They often stay in their birthing den for up to six months without taking in any food or water.

Source : St. Louis Zoo Website

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-19 23:53]

Hi Scott

Excellent timing on this shot. It's a real gem.Really good capture of the moment you get the sense of motion and fluidity.Well composed and great POV.TFS


very good shot Scott,
the shot is well taken, the point of view is very good and the quality is high, the details are good to see, well done.
gr. jaap

Hi Scott
This is a great action shot. LOTS of water flying!! You managed to to this without blurring. Super! The spray seems to frame his head. Nice work

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-20 3:59]

Doesn't he look so good... Wow, super capture Scott, especially with all those water drops. Great shot, TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-20 4:40]

Wow ! Good action shot for this impressive bear. Good result with the macro lens ;-) I like the droplets around.
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-20 4:56]

Hi Scott,
Yes, water everywhere! Before reading your notes I can't understand what kind of bg it was. As the bear head is so motionless I do not "see" the spin!
Good shot with very details, color, composition and ...spin!
TFS, José M.

Hi Scott,
I love this title and the picture of course :)! Great action shot and very good speed to freeze the movement! Great details and POV too! TFS,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-20 7:07]

Hi Scott
Good timing ans shot. Good sharpnes, colours, details, light and POV.
Well done my friend


Hello Scott, excllent capture you have created, The details, are very crisp, the colors are spot on the POV and framing is great TFS Kyle

Hello Scott,
Great action scene with the water flying about.
The POV, DOF, exposure and framing are excellent.
Very good color and details, with the title humprous & a great lead-in for the shot :)
Well done and TFS!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-08-20 11:44]

Great capture Scott, well done on the composition and technique. Thanks !


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-20 14:36]

Hi Scott!

Perfect moment and timing! Every water droplet perfectly frozen in time. Great portrait of this dangerous bear.

BTW - I hate when dogs act like this bear i.e. on the beach :-)

Hi, Scott.
Great moment you have got here! Well composed, with good details and sharpness.

Well timed capture Scott,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure.
Well composed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Very nice! Great composition as usual! Wonderful colours!
Well taken.

Hi Scott

Awesome!!! Love the title, love the shot more. Brilliant work. :-)

Hello Scott,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-21 8:21]

Hi Scott
ooops my monitor is getting wetr ;-). Wonderful shot very nice details and great details. This polar bear seems to have a good time.

Bonjour Scott
C'est une excellente prise de vue ! Grande composition et belles couleurs, bon contraste . Merci pour le partage .
bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-21 19:40]
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Hi Scott,
Excellent shot, he actually looks like he's enjoying himself too. I find Polar Bears very hard to see in zoos, they always seem to portray their emotions more than other animals. Anyway back to the subject :-) A great shot, perfect capture of the water drops everywhere around and great detail and textures on the Bear. Great work.

Hi Scott,
This is a perfect shot with all details clearly seen. It is an eye opening to see those water flying. Very well done.

Hello Scott,
poor animal!! How expensive must to be maintain it, zoo surely have a truck full of ice ;).
Excellent capture, full of action; good details of the face and hairs.

Hello Scott,
Very nice portrait of as some say... the most dangerous beast on this globe!
Action well captured, good details and colors!
Pablo -

bonjour scott
ho le beau nounours,de quoi ravir les petits enfin de loin tout de męme!
joli avec toutes les gouttelettes d'eau,bien reussi.

Hi Scott !
This is a fantastic picture ! These water dropsflying everyxhere around the bear are wonderful, and sharpness on the bear is excellent, with lots of nice details on the face. You have frozen him perfectly. Very well done !

This is great! I love how the water fills the what could of been empty space around your well exposed polar bear. Nicely done and well timed. :)

This is a great action shot with great details, DOV and note!
Thanks Ana:)

Hi Scott
Until I read your note, it wasn't clear what I was seeing. This is very well done and the exposure is perfect for seeing the many white tones in the fur while freezing the water drops. It appears the bear is effectively beating the heat. Regards.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-08-23 3:27]

hi scott
beautiful nature-portrait photo. coolness and cheerful time for itself. good exposure and good timing. point of view, colours, details and focus are great.
thanks for sharing

Hi Scott,
This is really a superb photo. I like the frozen moment with all the drops hanging in mid air. The details in the bear are excellent and I like the way his nose in twisting as well.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-25 9:52]

Hi Scott. Excellent frozen action and very good exposure. I enjoyed reading your note aswell. Well done & TFS!


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-08-26 21:08]

Hi Scott,
Excellent capture my friend.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,action,note and framing.Well Done.TFS

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-28 13:32]

Hi Scott, excellent shot. Great moment captured with superb details and exposure. Very well done and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-29 2:55]

Hello Scott,
Funny capture,he seems happy:).Well caught,framed and composed.Details and sharpness are also perfect.

Excellent shot Scott. Im supprised you were using the Macro for this shot and pulled it off awesemlly. Great sharpness and detail, froze the water dropllets very well. TFS scott. I love your work.

Very, very cute!

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  • miuky Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 17] (180)
  • [2006-11-16 12:48]

Hy Scott
:)))...:)))...:))))), thats my face over a minute now...the second time in ten minutes...great picutre...exellent...i like it a lot!!
Regards, M.

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