Wild Eyes

Straight in the eye camera shot of a young polar bear in Churchill, Canada

Straight in the eye camera shot of a young polar bear in Churchill, Canada
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jleiweke May 09, 2013
Hari_Subagio May 09, 2013
WOW stunning capture .Congrats!
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AlanJakarta May 09, 2013
Beautiful well-exposed portrait. Congratulations on being featured.
ChrisKIELY May 09, 2013
That is the most perfect photo I have ever seen!! I live at the bottom eastern side of Australia, and see nothing like this - apart from the TV. It is beyond comprehension to capture some as incredible, remarkable, stunning ... words fail me. Congratulations on your well deserved feature. I am in awe!!! Thank you for sharing this :)
BrianBasson May 09, 2013
Congratulations with your feature. This is a perfect POV and a stunning photo. Brian :-)
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rmr731 May 09, 2013
Gorgeous photo! Congrats!
catini May 09, 2013
Great composition and colors, congrats on your feature!
Carli May 09, 2013
gorgeous shot!! congrats! :D
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elfiedwards May 09, 2013
WOW! this is just sooooooooooo stunning! wonderful wonderfl shot, congratulations on being featured:-))
zyxwv May 09, 2013
Such great detail and contrast congrats!
drakkardarkblade May 09, 2013
Congrats on an awesome capture. If you get a chance please check out my work.
Tkay May 09, 2013
Perfect shot! I love it! Congrats!
lynnemk May 09, 2013
Beautiful capture. Just amazing.
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charlena May 09, 2013
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tetvet May 09, 2013
awesome, congrats
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princessdi6305 May 09, 2013
Love him!! Congrats!
DanielCombsPhotography May 09, 2013
Fantastic capture, congrats!
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BLSPhotography May 09, 2013
Stunning capture.... Churchill is a fabulous place to shoot at.
ZachRosa May 09, 2013
HaliSowle May 09, 2013
Just gorgeous!
mailsmc May 09, 2013
Cool shot, congrats on your feature!
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isstoossay May 09, 2013
Wonderful! Just wonderful- What I love about this shot is the contrast between the black and white- it really emphasizes the science of black skin and clear hair!
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Amiqdadi May 09, 2013
Congrats,,,great shot
iceman2 May 09, 2013
Excellent focus in this beautiful capture.Congrats!
sunsetnurveins May 09, 2013
awesome shot!!!
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kimschou May 09, 2013
Great work - so beautiful!
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RoadKing1985 May 09, 2013
Wow I love your pics! You obviously live nearby these animals! And you have an awesome capture of blacks and whites color. Im still learning about my exposure and aperture settings. Did you ask him to pose for you??? HAHA! This one is amazing! Congratulations!
TammyMarie May 09, 2013
Beautiful! Congratulations!
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WolfEyesPhotography May 09, 2013
Fantastic!! Congrats!
JacquelineMGrange May 09, 2013
Great up close shot!
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KelceyJean May 09, 2013
Great shot! Congratulations!
Thimbee May 09, 2013
Excellent image and eye contact. Congrats
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JeffreyA May 09, 2013
congrats... this is awesome
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JoanieP May 09, 2013
maureenjohnston May 09, 2013
Wow !!! Congrats ....Stunning Capture !!
Cheers Maureen :-)
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redwriter May 09, 2013
Beautiful image. Congrats on your feature. - Jake
Ashley_Perez May 09, 2013
Gorgeous animal portrait! Congrats on being featured!! :)
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robbyticknor May 10, 2013
Great shot! Really like the Symmetry here :-)
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jseni May 12, 2013
Wonderful shot!
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aliced May 14, 2013
Stunning!! Congratulations!
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Redjule May 15, 2013
Spectacular capture!
gunners42 June 11, 2013
Way to go...Congrats!
Bannekh June 12, 2013
Danny_martin_10 June 19, 2013
Gorgeous capture, very nice :)
Jonocon July 21, 2013
Lovely Shot
CoopPix July 21, 2013
WOW! Simply WOW!
Canuk-Images September 11, 2013
Cheers CoopPix!
photosue50 September 07, 2013
Awesome shot
Canuk-Images September 11, 2013
Thank you all once again. Heading up north again so ill be posting new images for 2013/4 soon
emilyaustin January 10, 2014
Holy crap I love it!!! The composition is jaw dropping!

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Behind The Lens

This is one of my all time favourites. The image was taken on the borders of Wapusk National Park and the Churchill Wildlife Management Area, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. I was leading the team on the return journey from setting up our world unique, remote TundraBuggy Lodge at Cape Churchill when in the distance we saw a mother bear and her two 2 year old cubs. She was curious upon us so we stopped and watched the beautiful family of polar bear approach. This image is of the cub close to the rear of mum (her bum is the right side of the image) giving at undistracted view of the cubs' face surrounded by fur.
It was midday, cloudy and the sun was nowhere to be seen. It was shot on 19th November 2012.
The light wasn't at its best but the reflection of the snow helped light up the whitey/yellow fur on the mum and cubs.
The was handheld using a Canon 7dmk1 and a Canon 70-200 f2.8 mk2 @200m F6.3 ISO200 1/400th. Big gloves (Heat 3 Smart), Big Jacket (Snow Mantra, Canada Goose), Big Boots (Baffin -100degree).
To be honest you get what you get sometimes with wildlife photography especially with large walking subjects that go where they please. Having had many opportunities over the years to photograph the bears at the time they stopped to gaze upon their admirers, I was looking to fill the frame, lessening distractions that often occur in my images out on the Tundra - willows, rocks, seaweed, etc. I have many environmental shots and was looking for something different from the norm, as usual.
Minimal, but brought out a little shadows, +0.95 exposure, increased whites slightly, v minimal sharpening, lens and chromatic abb adjustment in Lightroom and minimal noise/colour reduction as its the original 7d and needs it.
In my camera bag
LowePro Trekker 400, Manfrotto carbon tripod cx4pro, Canon 5dMk2, Canon 7dmk2, Canon 24-70 is f4, 70-200 f2.8 mk, 17-40 f4, Toking 11-16 f2.8, Sigma 20mm f1.8 and Sigma 15 f2.8 for aurora images, Tamron 150-600, Beanbag, Canon x1.4ext, Lee filters, Camranger, Hahnel GigaPro time-lapse unit, MacBook pro and 2 hard drives, iPhone 6 and cheapie gimbal 2 axis stabiliser.
You cannot get these images in your front room so my advice is to get out there and explore. You never know where life can take you and being in the right place at the right time can get you to places you can only dream about from your armchair. On a 1 year working visa from the UK, I initially got my job 12 years ago by asking if there was a position for me a Polar Bear tour operator in Churchill, Canada and an hour before i asked there wasn't. My head and (multiple) hard drives are now full of a dozen years worth of amazing unique adventures and have met the most amazing people along the way. I am from London, UK and you can see my image library at Happy exploring :-)

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