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These two siblings loved to play! They were constantly looking for a way to enjoy each other.

These two siblings loved to play! They were constantly looking for a way to enjoy each other.
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photosue50
 
photosue50 May 02, 2016
Awesome shot
SRunningM
 
SRunningM May 02, 2016
Pure joy!
Pegertler PRO+
 
Pegertler May 02, 2016
A lovely, pleasing composition. The snow is captured beautifully! Must have been fun...would love to know speed of the shot. Really well done.
pauladavies_4654
 
pauladavies_4654 May 03, 2016
Fantastic shot. It must have been amazing to watch.
Mayacom PRO
 
Mayacom May 03, 2016
Being at the right place at the right time with your great technics! Wow!
BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson May 03, 2016
White on white is not easy - you've done well to capture this.
Serina
 
Serina June 11, 2016
Brilliant shot
Woody61
 
Woody61 July 28, 2016
Fantastic
kellumbear
 
kellumbear July 31, 2016
Play time in the snow! Congratulations!
Weller95
 
Weller95 July 31, 2016
Amazing shot :)
Mimismountain Premium
 
Mimismountain August 01, 2016
Fantastic!
gerdaeilts PRO+
 
gerdaeilts August 01, 2016
Totally amazing photo, congratulations Scott:-)
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK August 02, 2016
Fabulous. Congratulations
DavesAdventures
 
DavesAdventures August 02, 2016
Awesome shot. I can't imagine what it would be like to be in the moment of things like this happening. You have captured a gorgeous moment in time.
Dave
dougplume PRO+
 
dougplume September 07, 2016
Wonderful image
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson November 08, 2016
Stunning capture. Love the action and interaction.
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 December 09, 2016
Very sweet
JasnaDzinic
 
JasnaDzinic December 09, 2016
Amazing!
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh December 10, 2016
sublime shot
Lisaf
 
Lisaf December 11, 2016
Great action shot! I would love to photograph these creatures in the wild someday!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle December 16, 2016
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...Very Nice
thunderlake
 
thunderlake December 16, 2016
Powerful and amazing !!!
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi December 17, 2016
Can I as where you took this wonderful picture,? was it Churchill Manitoba on Hutson Bay
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh December 17, 2016
Congrats !!! stunning shot
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett December 17, 2016
Congrats - Superb !!!!
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK December 23, 2016
Fabulous. Congratulations
gianfrancomarzetti
 
gianfrancomarzetti January 07, 2017
Fantastic image! Congrats Scott!
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Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana January 18, 2017
A wonderful shot!
ashwinikadagodu
 
ashwinikadagodu May 31, 2017
Awesome
Immortalphoto
 
Immortalphoto April 24, 2018
Amazing shot there adorable
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose July 03, 2018
Excellent photograph!
aaphoto2 PRO+
 
aaphoto2 October 14, 2018
Beautiful capture.
DNGRZN PRO+
 
DNGRZN October 14, 2018
Fantastic
immanuelabrahammathew
 
immanuelabrahammathew October 15, 2018
wowwwwwwwwww
mmccloskey
 
mmccloskey December 30, 2018
Amazing shot!
kate-lynn1943
 
kate-lynn1943 January 29, 2019
Amazing photo!!
Photographyatitsbest00
 
Photographyatitsbest00 April 27, 2019
Amazing
LETSGOPHOTOSHOOT
 
LETSGOPHOTOSHOOT April 27, 2019
beautiful
craiglittle1 PRO+
 
craiglittle1 May 14, 2019
Now this is very good.you are very lucky been in the wilds.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on Barrier Island which is a short distance from Kaktovik Alaska. Kaktovik itself is a Inuit village of about 230 that is nestled at the northern tip of ANWR (Artic National Wildlife Range). This area is located in the very far northeastern corner of Alaska, about 60 miles from Canada's Yukon Territory and sits on the Beaufort Sea.
Time
This photo was taken in the morning as were most of the polar bear pictures. Polar bears are nocturnal so they spend most of the day lounging around and sleeping. Early in the morning they are still active and it is the best time for photo's. We would take a jet boat across a lagoon that separates Barter Island, where the town of Kaktovik is, from Barrier Island, where the bears were. We would be out from first light to around noon each day.
Lighting
Shooting polar bears on snow is rather tricky as you are shooting white on white. Experiment with what settings work best for your camera. That is how I approached it. Contrary to what most people think polar bears are not actually white. Their fur is clear and their skin is black. It is how the sunlight reflects off there black skin that causing them to look white.
Equipment
My equipment for this trip was a Nikon D800 with a Nikon 70 to 200 F4 and a Nikon D7100 coupled with a Nikon 200 to 400 F4. No tripods were used as we were in a jet boat cruising the shore of the island. I would be shooting bears coming our way with my 200 to 400 F4 and soon would have to switch cameras because the bears became to close for the big lens. There were times we were as close as 30 feet from these amazing creatures.
Inspiration
I spent a week shooting these bears and during that time I took over 2500 photos. Anytime there was action such as these two cubs playing I was shooting many photos of basically the same scene trying to capture just the right moment. In this case it paid off and I captured the moment. The inspiration to make the trip in the first place came from an article I read in Alaska Magazine. Until that time I had never heard of Kaktovik and after reading that article I knew I had to go. September of 2013 offered me the chance and I took it. Never to look back. It was wonderful
Editing
I use lightroom in conjunction with products from Gavin Seim. I love lightroom as it is user friendly and I can't say enough about Gaven Seim and his presets. I am always looking to bring my images to that next level. Something that makes them pop. Not overly HDRish, just something that still keeps them true to their form but raises the bar enough to make them stand out.
In my camera bag
In my camera bag I have both my D800 and my D7100. I also carry a Nikon 24mm F1.4, Nikon 70 to 200 F4 and my big lens, the 200 to 400 is always in the car. I also carry various filters such as a neutral density filter and a circular polarizer. My tripod is always in my vehicle as well. A shutter release is also a big part of both my landscape and some of my wildlife shots. Always depends on the situation.
Feedback
Kaktovik is an amazing place. Everyone has heard of Churchill and the tundra buggies, but Kaktovik is Churchill on steroids. The amount of bears you will see is incredible. Standing up in the boat one day I counted 55 bears! Of course many were to far away to shoot but the simple fact that I could see that many is amazing. The changing Artic makes getting photo's like this one rather tricky. It is all in the timing. I went the last week of September. We had snow on the ground. Many times though this is not the case and you have polar bears on sandy beaches on the island. Though there is nothing wrong with these photos what one really wants is that picture of the bear in the snow. Because of the demand one can't just watch the weather and decide now is the time to go. You have to book early. I booked my trip in May. To early and you miss the snow. To late and you miss the bears. My best advise is to try the end of September through the middle of October. Be prepared with warm cloths and be ready for an adventure like no other. Don't expect the Hilton in Kaktovik, the Hotel there is very rustic but has a unique charm. I hope all of you can some day enjoy this incredible adventure like I did. It was a trip of a life time!

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