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Registered: December 2009
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I had thought to post this image a couple of weeks ago when the weekly theme was ground viewpoint as I had been kneeling on the floor trying to get some shots of the polar bears in their pool when this polar bear rose up over me.

Initially when the polar bears entered the Journey to Churchill exhibit they could see us humans through the glass and you would get the bears standing up like this fellow looking through the glass at us. Over time the bears became bored with the humans and we sort of faded into the background and the bears went back to being polar bears and interacting with each other.

This shots was taken a couple of months after the exhibit opened in June 2015 and I was kneeling on the floor while the bears were in a small pool just adjacent to the glass.

Those paws and those claws had my attention. There is a bare patch of skin on the bear's neck. Apparently hair is cut in various areas of the polar bear's bodies to analysis and to identify the individual bears.

I had initially shot the bears with the camera in auto mode but over time I've found that a 1/1000 second setting works best to capture their movement in water and on land.

Nik detail extractor (25,6,6,normal)
silver efex pro2 fine art process (0,19,0)

f6.3 1/160 18mm

Taken on August 21, 2015.
· Date: Tue July 4, 2017 · Views: 208 ·
Keywords: polar bear, Journey to Churchill, Assiniboine Park Zoo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D7100
Lens Make / Focal Length: AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
Filters / Type Used: uv
Flash / Type Used: n/a
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: visit to zoo
State / County / Area Image Taken: Winnipeg, Mb.
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Registered: June 2013
Posts: 1,763
Tue July 4, 2017 10:20am

Certainly an excellent viewpoint and one gets the feeling that he (or she) is interested in someone to your left!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Thu July 6, 2017 1:58am

Wow, now that is a fantastic candid shot of the polar bear and gives the feeling of what life in the wild is like for this bear. Fantastic settings on your camera - love the stop action on the water dripping from his fur as he just rises out of the water. WELL DONE!

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,833
Mon July 10, 2017 6:55am

Another beautiful bear photo Jan, fine detail here,

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