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Healthy Specimen

Healthy Specimen
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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: 2008-05-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 300mm f2.8 IS, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, CeltickRanger's favorite Bear photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-09 8:03
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I mentioned in recent posts that this was a very good spring for bears in the Rocky Mountain area. Other animals did not fare so well. The extremely long winter provided an abundance of winter kill for bears emerging from hibernation. I rarely see bears looking this healthy. This is one of three 2 year old cubs still traveling with mom. It was a rare treat to see 4 almost full grown grizzlies all at once.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-09 8:32]

Hi Evelynn,
Awesome shot, must have been such a rush to see this beast in the flesh. Really like the colour of the dead vegetation here and also the colour of his glossy looking coat too. He does indeed look a healthy specimen. Excellent eye contact and pose...in fact the more i look at this, the more impressd i am. Very well done!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-09 8:56]

Hi Evelynn,
Excellent capture.I liked eye contact,details,sharpness,framing,harmonious colors and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Bonjour Evelynn
Tu es courageuse de prendre cette photo avec cet ours qui te regarde!! bon cadrage et position interessante de l'animal.
Merci et bravo...JP

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-09 9:15]

Hola Evelynn,
magnífica captura,
detalles y buen pov,
hermoso animal y mirada,
buen trabajo,

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-07-09 10:11]

Hi Evelynn,

Again a great photo. Colours, details and eyes contact excellent.

Regards, Dan.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-09 11:13]

Hello Evelyn, great shot of this cute bear. TFS. Regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-09 11:29]

Hi Evelynn. As you say what a fine looking animal. the huge size it is it must have eaten very well. It has its eyes fixed on you with a stare. Looking at it head on you can see the large nose but small ears fot its size. good detail and natural colours. TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-09 13:09]

Hi Evelyn

This is a great shot - excellent pose plus outstanding detail - plus wonderful eye contact.


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-07-09 16:36]

Hi Evelynn,
Superb capture of this bear. Nice posture and excellent details.

Hello Evelynn,
He looks really healthy alright, big and strong!
very good head pose of it in good sharpness, natural colour and details
many thanks for the sharing
best regards

Hi Evelynn
Excellent shot of this Bear.Great color,sharpness and Exposure. Very nice detail and I like the eye contact. Great job!!

Hi Evelynn,
what a fantastic "close up". I liked the eyes, just finding you.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-07-09 19:52]

Fantastic shot Evelynn,
I love the pose you,ve captured. This guy appears to be very healthy and has a great looking coat to prove it.
If you look very close you can see some green shoots just starting to emerge, but for the most part it seems to be very dry at this time of the year.
Beautiful image with great composition!! Must have been extremely exciting to view this big fella.

Hello Evelynn,
Just a superb capture, he looks really healthy and it must be exciting to be face to face , even with a 300mm, with such bear!
Kind regards

hello Evelynn

what a great shot of this bear, fine POV, DOF,
beautiful luminoity of the image, excellent sharpness
and details, and what great eye-contact of the bear with you,



You've really managed to show how big this bear is in this shot! I really like how you've captured eye contact as well, the fur is so clear it seems that every piece is in focus. Great Job,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-10 9:20]

Hello Evelynn

This is outstanding!
Amazing pov,the clarity is excellent.
Sharply focused with wondrful detail.
The colours are vibrant.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-10 13:04]

This is absolutely superb, Evelynn!
I don't think I've ever seen a shot of a wild Grizzly as good as this!
The clarity is exceptional.
Very good POV, composition, pose and eye-contact.
Great light.

One of your best ever!!

Very well done,

Beautiful one. Nice shot. Excellent pose. The tones of the plants next to the bear fit perfectly to the bear. Brilliant.

Hi Evelynn,

This grizzly bear cub is impressive by its size. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the bear. The quality of the light brings out the colors.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-07-16 21:57]

THIS is a 2 year-old???
Boy, I'd hate to meet up with a full grown on. : 0
He exudes health, from the sheen of his fur.
Fantastic sharpness and exposure to bring that out.
The eye contact is a bit unsettling!!!
A little too close for comfort.
Excellent shot. TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-17 0:21]

Hi Evelynn

Terrific shots of this bear - both this one and the previous!
The two poses captured are exceptional and the technical part of the shots is spot-on.
This full-frontal POV here is really excellent and it shows the impressive posture of this grizzly.
Great work in all the aspects!

Bravo and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-18 8:09]

Hello Evelynn! A perfect portrait of this bear! It looks very impressive, you weren't affraid? Anyway, a beautiful shot, with a perfect focus, sharp details and a frightening eye contact! :-) Well done, thanks!


Definitely a 'wow'. Are you still there?:-)
A cub, you said?
There's wasn't a foodstuff problem, I believe you...
Great photo!

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2008-07-21 18:27]

Wow, amazing portrait, Evelynn. Just a wonderful full frame, and at 300mm!!! Nice light and DoF. My person taste would be to crop a bit from the top, 'cause the contrast draws my eye away from that wonderful bear.

Hi Evelynn,
This is a very stunning photo. You got really close to this very proud and healthy bear. The eye contact you have here is wonderful and makes it feel as if there was more then only eye contact. A kind of sixth sense. Love the details and the wonderful colors.

Hi Evelynn,
Fantastic image. I like the white/silver fur and the eye contact.

Hi Evelynn,
Excellent capture of this teddy bear.
Great photo. Colours, details and eyes contact excellent.
Cheers from the south of France.

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