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Tom Kellie

@@Tom Kellie thanks, it was from a viewing platform and with some zoom if I recall correctly!

 

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Now I understand.

I lived in the Aleutian Islands, earning money for university fees, for half a year in 1977.

From that experience I developed a healthy respect for bears.

Therefore when I saw your ultra-sharp bear portrait, I both marveled at it and wondered how you got out in one piece.

Your explanation settles it. I'm partial to bears, but understand that they pack quite a punch in their massive paws.

It's one of the most gripping images that I've ever seen on Safaritalk, deserving to be seen by many!

Tom K.

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We spent two weeks in Jackson, Wyoming in September 2015 and on one morning drive we hit a gold mine. The berries were growing thick along a road and after we parked, got out and walked we ended up s

I will certainly show you a couple of bear-pictures as a start, forum newbie and all :-) These pictures are taken in Finland, close to the russian border, where these beauties inhabits the woods :-)

We need some white bears...         All taken off Svalbard, in the pack ice, summer 2007.

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bears? you want bears? all pictures taken in Yellowstone NP USA

 

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grizzly cub

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ID this bear!

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A Black Bear who had a swim

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Bison tastes goood

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walking with mom

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a wolf being followed by a grizzly

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wolves and bears and a carcass. Big COOKIE to who can ID the Grizzly on the far left

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do you want more bear pictures? a sow and cubs? hhmmm??

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Photo-Kiboko

We need some white bears...

 

@@Atravelynn here are the bears you have asked for. :)

 

In June 2013, I spend one week on the expedition cruise ship Plancius to the north-west of Svalbard.

It was a dedicated tour in search for polar bears.

We had perfect weather and lots of luck.

The total count was 10 polar bears.

There were more sightings, but some bears might have seen twice.

One top destination was the “Duck Islands” in Liefdefjord.

The other top destination was the drifting ice field.

The Capitan Nazarov did a great job.

He manoeuvred the ship for best photo opportunities without disturbing the animals.

 

 

Lucky bear and unlucky bearded seal

 

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I took the picture at 00:06 AM (midnight).

The big male bear has stolen the seal from smaller female bear.

The bear turns the seal around. It is not a hunting scene.

 

The female bear is watching the male bear, after he took her seal.

There was no fight.

 

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A bear looking into the “mirror”

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A Polar Bear is on the drifting ice northwest of Svalbard in the middle of the night.

The light is magic.

If the sun hides behind clouds, the ice shines blue.

Glacier ice is more compressed and even bluer as sea ice.

A Group of Guillemot is passing.

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Photo-Kiboko

The second set of polar bears.

Bear for breakfast.
I was just at the breakfast buffet; there came the “bear alarm”.
The camera must be in reach at any time …

 


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This bear was not afraid.
He walked next to the ship for a while.
It is amazing to see, how such a big animal is walking on the ice.
The bear knows exactly which piece of ice can hold the weight.
I was on the on the floor of the lowest deck for best perspective.

 


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One curious bear, a young male, came directly to the ship.
He inspected the ship and the “funny” animals on board for about one and a half hour.
He approached to about 20m distance from the ship.



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D4+500/4, heavy crop (2345x1319) pixel.
However, I got better results as with the D7100 and Tele converter.

I like to finish the series with my favourite picture.
A polar bear in the endless artic ice fields


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Thanks for alerting me to the polar bears @@Photo-Kiboko! Beautiful reflection shots! It must have been tiring taking great pictures 'round the clock!

 

I'll add a pair of pbs to the list and a reflection shot.

 

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It must have been tiring taking great pictures 'round the clock!

 

I'll add a pair of pbs to the list and a reflection shot.

 

Great shots. I like the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

 

I haven't seen fighting bears.

Also, I haven't seen any brown bear in the wild.

Where was ist?

 

If you have 24h daylight and you are on a magic place like svalbard,

it is very hard to find time to sleep.

Always, I was afraid to miss something.

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It must have been tiring taking great pictures 'round the clock!

 

I'll add a pair of pbs to the list and a reflection shot.

 

Great shots. I like the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

 

I haven't seen fighting bears.

Also, I haven't seen any brown bear in the wild.

Where was ist? Katmai, Alaska. There are some nice train rides in Alaska too, especially Anchorage to Seward or the reverse route. If you ever become serious about Alaska, I'll give you some guide and boat captain names.

 

If you have 24h daylight and you are on a magic place like svalbard,

it is very hard to find time to sleep.

Always, I was afraid to miss something. Sleep with one eye open. ;)

 

This would be closer than Alaska for you.

 

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We spent two weeks in Jackson, Wyoming in September 2015 and on one morning drive we hit a gold mine. The berries were growing thick along a road and after we parked, got out and walked we ended up seeing 7 different bears all within walking distance.

 

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We watched a pair of cubs suddenly shimmy up this aspen tree and soon followed by the mother.

 

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We realized why when this big male sauntered down the hill.

 

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We and the rest of the crowd were nearly right on top of them driving the rangers crazy because there were so many bears in one location fattening up for the winter. All of these images were from that one stop.

 

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Wow, @@PCNW, what luck, the Mum Bear up the tree looking at you is great. Jackson is such a beautiful area

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SafariChick

@@PCNW those bear photos are awesome! The cubs on the tree are adorable and the mama on the tree is priceless!

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@@vishal not late at all - these threads called 'Show us your ...' whatever are ongoing and can be added to at any time!

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Peter Connan

Stunning photos @@PCNW!

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Tom Kellie

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~ @@PCNW

 

That's one for the ages!

Thank you for posting such beguiling bear images.

Not only your flawless technique, but your wondrous composition is a joy to see.

Tom K.

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Thank you @@Tomkellie @@Tom Kellie Some were already cropped into a square for use on Instagram back when that was the only option for posting photos. Now there are other options. For anyone that enjoys photography, travel, safari I can't imagine that they wouldn't enjoy Instagram....my newest addiction. Gorgeous photography.

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Tom Kellie

~ @@PCNW

 

I'd love to see Instagram someday.

As it happens, as with nearly all international, i.e. “foreign”, social image-sharing media, it's unavailable where I live.

Your bear above easily ranks as one of the very finest images I've seen in Safaritalk.

Your composition style I find highly appealing.

Tom K.

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The_Norwegian

I will certainly show you a couple of bear-pictures as a start, forum newbie and all :-) These pictures are taken in Finland, close to the russian border, where these beauties inhabits the woods :-)

 

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This first picture is taken with a Nikon D750 and a Sigma 120-300 f2.8S lens, good setup!

 

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This is one of my favourites, taken with a nikon d4s and 600 f/4 lens.

 

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Same setup here. Kind of hard to get a fluid motion on the subject with long shutterspeed when it`s moving across the frame, but i was satisfied with this one. Intense facial expression as well.

 

that`s a few from me :-)

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michael-ibk

Excellent pictures! How hard is it to find the bears there?

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Game Warden

@@The_Norwegian Fantastic, thank you for these additions: have you seen there are some Finland trip reports, here and here including wolves, bears and wolverine? I'd love to see more wolverines if you have any photos.

 

Matt

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elefromoz

@@The_Norwegian, awesome, the last one captures the Bears head-down, rolling gait beautifully. You can imagine it really turning on the speed if need be. Quite intimidating, especially just having seen "the Revenant"

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Valdez, Alaska: Just arrived on Alaskan soil at our beautiful B+B in the forest. We got out of the taxi and I immediately took a stroll around the corner of the house to see the Wildflowers blooming in the garden and to admire the view over Prince William Sound.

 

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First thing that happened, I came face to face with a Black Bear. I squealed and bolted one way, he snorted and bolted the other. My husband tells of standing there as I flashed past him at light speed, colourfully yelling about what Id just seen and rushed indoors to safety. Our hostess wasn”t home but she had left the house open for us with a note to make ourselves comfortable. We ventured out on to the back deck, which was a level up, to check out the Bear below, still in the garden.

 

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Just a youngin, he too was checking us out.

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We took a few photos of him,

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Then he “disappeared “ below us. Clunk, crash , thump, “whats he up to down there”. We soon found out, just as he appeared at the balcony railing.

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We turned and bolted just as he came over the top. I snatched as quick photo through the glass door before we slammed it shut.

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He then proceeded to completely trash the balcony. All the spring flowering pots were knocked over, upturned, smashed, soil everywhere, bird-feeders pulled down and broken, what a mess. Our hostess arrived home sometime later to a deck that looked like a Tornado had gone through in her absence and we were left to explain the carnage.

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ellenhighwater

What? No Sloth Bears?! :) Found this guy in Chitwan in Nepal. Looks like he had a chunk taken out of his back, wonder what happened to him.

 

 

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Atdahl

@@ellenhighwater, Great shots of a bear I will likely never see in person. So, thanks for sharing.

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