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Wild Brown Bear

Wild Brown Bear
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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: 2010-08-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A900, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, bean bag
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-08 11:05
Viewed: 5109
Points: 34
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Hi All,

First of all sorry I am not that active on TN,because of other things,however still out a lot to photograph and those who know me know that I have an obsession of bears,last week I visited once again Vartius in Finland to photograph bears,however it was very hot in the hides last week due to a heatwave,I managed to make loads of nice capture,whereoff this is one off my favourites,hope you like it as much as I did capturing this beatifull animal.......

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Hi Paul,
A beautiful capture of this brown bear. Well composed shot with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-08 11:23]

Hallo Paul,
Goed weer eens een foto van je te zien. Prachtige opname van deze beer. Uitstekende scherpte en perfecte natuurlijke kleuren. Prima diepte in de foto. Ik kan me voorstellen dat deze foto van zo dichtbij en in deze pose een van je favorieten is.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-08 11:45]

Hej Paul,
I remember your previous captures of brown bears from Finland and now you've been back there and got a fantastic close view of another fine beast! Í like the way it is approaching you with the paw stretched out. Excellent focus, great sharpness and colours. A beautiful composition too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hallo Paul
super om dit in het echt mee te maken .
Deze foto is een super opname van een beer die er mooi scherp op staat, moet je die nagels zien om bang van te worden
Great shot Peter
groetjes lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-08 12:30]

Hej Paul,
Superb POV, pose and technical standard contribute to an enviable image of a the European Brown Bear against a fine natural OOF BG. It must have been well worth putting up with the heat to take this!
Thanks and best regards from Skåne,

Hello Paul,
Very nice capture of this big Brown Bear. Sharpness, details, POV and framing are wonderful!

nice scary bear, TFS Ori

Hallo Paul
This is a beautiful image of this furry animal and I just love the expression you captured in its eyes, and the way its one paw is lifted. To see this huge animal from so close by is a treat and I thank you kindly for sharing, and yes I did enjoy it just as much as you did whilst capturing it. Best regards.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-09 3:15]

Dag Paul,

Beren zie ik niet zo vaak op TN. Deze is schitterend gefotografeerd en straalt kracht en dreiging uit. Mooi genomen vanuit een laag perspectief!


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-08-09 3:24]

Hi Paul

And great to see you here again :)
I too have endured some strong heat waves during my field trips this summer so i kinda know how you feel, but i also know that when you come home with a photo that you are proud of, it makes it all worth it :)
...and this is such a picture. I really like the pose of the big bear - very active with the body and with a very expressive face.
The shallow DOF isolates it from the BG, but still offers a good idea of the habitat. Spot-on exposure and lovely, natural colors, too.
Wonderful work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-09 7:12]

Hi Paul
Nice capture excellent pov.I like the bear pose with is paw up in the air.Sharp image with beautiful natural colors
TFS Michel

Hello paul
fantastic capture of this Brown Bear, great composition and superb details,
great natural environment, i love the expression in his face and the claws on his paw
Have a good night

Hello Paul,
Bears and Kruger these are the keywords when I see pvs. Not bears in Kruger of course...
I do like your bears series (and the Kruger series of course). Absolutely great work.
This one is no exception. Its look, the claws, the depth in the forest, and the free space within the shot... a great mix.
Well done
TFS and greetings,

This is an outstanding capture, though I have to admit not sure I would want to be this close to a Brown Bear for the sake of a shot. Nice work, well taken.


A lovely shot of this bear in motion, Paul.
Very well timed and presented.

This is truly lovely.
Very detailed.
You should visit us in Canada if you like bears; we have TONS of them.
Regards from Calgary.
P.S. Just 10 Kms. west of our home is GRIZZLY COUNTRY.

excellent capture of handsome model. congratulations Paul.
Thanks for sharing this beauty. Well done.

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