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A bear in the sunset. (Then again, it's pretty much sunset all day long in summer, at 80° latitude). Svalbard, 2009.

Other polar bears from the same trip:

photography by Antoine Beyeler

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800x533px 373.68 KB
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/500 second
Focal Length
280 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 28, 2009, 5:57:17 PM
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Monty46's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Hi there!

I would definately like to try that kind of a trip! You're lucky! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

To the shot:

I guess you used some fat zoom lens, cause being in a short distance with these guys is not really safe <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>...

The composition is good enough, or I have to say that atleast it's not basic <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>. I know it's a pain to get a quality photo when youre running out of time, but in this case I would recommend comp. with bear much more on the right. But for sure it's very subjective <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

Colours are amazing in my opinion. The time right before sunset, is the time where colours are comming up, so it was a definately good choice to take it like that <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>.

I won't comment on the animal, cause it's kinda awesome, and I'm jelaous <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>.

Good work out there!

Best regards,
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Thanks for the critique.

Some information:
- Lens: 70-200/4.0 IS L + 1.4x II converter. So white lens, but far from the fattest :)
- Small distance is still safe distance --- with water!
- When the sun is less than 25° above horizon at the highest during the day (which btw lasts more than 23h), it's pretty much sunset all day long. So that was the easy part :)
Monty46's avatar
Well, those numbers are saying nothing to me.:D I'm a Nikon-er. But understood.
I just need to go there :)...
Denzil007's avatar
Can I please use this image as a background for my photograph.
Of course I'll credit you
AveragePhotographer's avatar
Awesome shot! How far away where you from the bear?
Cherry-Cheese-Cake's avatar
An amazing piece of work! Do you mind if I use this image in a blog? I'll be sure to credit and link back to you :) 
kapala01's avatar
Everything about this picture is awesome.
I love the colours!
heracho's avatar
Excellent, thank you
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LaFuxe's avatar
This is an absolutely fantastic image! I was wondering if I could use it for a poster?
Marianne95's avatar
Beautiful shot!
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I am absolutely green with envy!! Would love to go on a trip like this. Am planning a trip to Churchill Manitoba in Canada to view the Polar Bears up there. Hope I can get amazing shots like these!!
1pen's avatar
Absolutely fantastic. Wow!
Scooby777's avatar
Fabulous work...I a cold just looking at them...and thinking you are too close.
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Great photo's of Polar Bears.
Darvia123's avatar
Jee, thats not depressing.
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oneblacksheep's avatar
As Polar Bears are one of my favourite animals, I must say that I am insanely jealous right about now.
That looks like a good and healthy polar bear too.
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