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Cubs just finished nursing, and one cub didn't dismount from the sow's nipple until she was getting up, and got stuck on her back. Second cub is jeal...
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Cubs just finished nursing, and one cub didn't dismount from the sow's nipple until she was getting up, and got stuck on her back. Second cub is jealous or feeling left out.
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Contest Finalist in Bears Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in All About Bears Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2
Contest Finalist in A World Of Brown Photo Contest
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Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
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27 Comments | Report
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More January 16, 2016
Great shot too cute :)
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi January 29, 2016
OMG this is a once in a lifetime shot. You nailed it. Congrats on one of the best shots on VB
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 January 29, 2016
This has to be one of the most incredible candid wildlife shots I have ever seen....and bears are my favorite subject....this is phenomenal! National Geographic quality!!
Pablo-Klik PRO
 
Pablo-Klik January 30, 2016
BELLA COLLEZIONE DI FOTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 01, 2016
LOVE!!! What an incredible moment you have captured. Congratulations on being chosen a finalist in the 'Wildlife From Afar' contest. Good luck. :)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 01, 2016
Great capture! Love the look of the baby bear in back of Mom. Congrats.
Saddnot
 
Saddnot March 01, 2016
Congratulations! This is truly an amazing shot!! I love that you can see the water dripping off the bears and the texture of their coats is so clear.
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake March 02, 2016
Fabulous capture ! Congrats !
Jbroek
 
Jbroek March 03, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Jbroek
 
Jbroek March 03, 2016
Incredible shot!! Love it...
Chick15 PRO
 
Chick15 March 05, 2016
Congratulations on this photo...what an amazing capture..just love it!!
brendamasurhansen Premium
 
brendamasurhansen March 05, 2016
Superb capture! I hope you were very far away!
FrankSomma PRO+
 
FrankSomma March 05, 2016
This was the actual winner....right? Oh my. What a gem.
Jojoclarke Premium
 
Jojoclarke March 06, 2016
Oh my-amazing photo!
HopeCharmaine
 
HopeCharmaine March 27, 2016
Great story! Great image!
hal-e PRO
 
hal-e August 04, 2016
What else can I say that hasn't been said already? Well done!
Tiff
 
Tiff August 16, 2016
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!
yolydenmon
 
yolydenmon August 22, 2016
So beautiful !
Celtgirl420
 
Celtgirl420 September 16, 2016
Great capture! Congratulations on being a finalist freshman! :)
SettingSky PRO+
 
SettingSky January 02, 2017
Excellent capture! The 2nd cub does have that, "darn, I want to do that, too" look.
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 10, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
paulsimms
 
paulsimms March 27, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
Niqueki PRO
 
Niqueki April 15, 2017
Looks liker thema mother bear andere her two cubs in the movie
pauljenkinson
 
pauljenkinson April 16, 2017
amazing bit of photography
LucyLoo
 
LucyLoo April 17, 2017
FABULOUS image, love the sceptical glance from the little bear cub at the back. Superb Comp and most wonderful scene. CONGRATULATIONS! Love the title too.
rcostello Premium
 
rcostello August 04, 2018
Wow!! This photo is AMAZING!!!
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi September 20, 2018
congrats on your awards. amazing capture. where did you take this?

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Behind The Lens

Location
The tide flats near Lake Clark in Alaska
Time
This picture was taken during the early morning hours on a cloudy day.
Lighting
The lighting was excellent, because the clouds were prevalent but there was enough light to allow for reflections on the sandy tide flat. There was sufficient water above the sand to create calm reflections as the sow dug for clams and nearby cubs seeking to nurse.
Equipment
I used a Nikon 700 camera with a tripod and a 500 mm lens. No flash was required given the soft ambient light.
Inspiration
I watched this sow and her two cubs for hours, and took note of when the cubs asked to nurse - usually by touching the sow's ear. I was hoping she would eventually relent and stop digging for clams and allow the cubs to nurse and she finally did! I have many pictures of both cubs nursing, and one with the sow looking directly at me as I snapped away. After awhile, the sow tired of nursing and swung upwards. One of the cubs wasn't done, and stayed with the mother too long, and the motion forced that cub over her shoulder and eventually the cub was up on her back -by and none too happy about it, judging by the whimpering I could hear. The sibling cub wasn't happy to be left behind either! The first couldn't descend and the sow didn't seem to care and ambled around with a jockey on her back! She ambled along the beach for at least 45 minutes, affording great opportunities to take photos. I liked this image because of the sibling cub looking sideways towards the camera, obviously unhappy to be left out.
Editing
I did some sharpening and a bit of contrast change, but the photo in Raw is very similar to the final product.
In my camera bag
I normally carry multiple lenses, including wide angle, fish eye, and at least two long lenses. On this occasion, I had only the tripod and a long lens and that was satisfactory given the fact that I had to hike out onto the tide flats with a tripod and mounted camera.
Feedback
I encourage anyone with an interest in bears to visit Lake Clark National Park in Alaska and to stay at the Silver Salmon Lodge. The folks there are very helpful and know bear behavior. They can provide close proximity while not disturbing the bear. July was a great month for this trip, because the cubs were active and the boars preferred to keep their distance. These bears live in the wild but are conditioned to and accept the human presence. It is a great way to experience bears without interfering with their world.

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