On a small ship in Scoresby Sound in Greenland, we were taken to an area that was expected to possibly provide pixel bears–sight of a bear or bears a LOOOOONG way off. Instead, we spotted one a few hundred yards away on an ice floe, and we coasted slowly toward it. The bear was sleeping on the floe, but occasionally would raise its head, turn in our direction and sniff. I joked that it was trying to decide which one of us would taste best. Our naturalist guide told us that it was no joke. Finally, the bear could stand it no longer and ambled over to the edge of the floe, jumped in and swam over to us. He (?) was possibly 25 yards away, again sniffing. Finally he decided he could not get to us on the ship and gave up, swam back to the floe, shook off the water like a wet dog, then jumped back in and swam away. Very exciting!
Type of Critique Requested
- Aesthetic: Feedback on the overall visual appeal of the image, including its color, lighting, cropping, and composition.
- Conceptual: Feedback on the message and story conveyed by the image.
- Emotional: Feedback on the emotional impact and artistic value of the image.
- Technical: Feedback on the technical aspects of the image, such as exposure, color, focus and reproduction of colors and details, post-processing, and print quality.
Specific Feedback and Self-Critique
I took several shots of this pose, but this one had the bear looking up, as if he were looking at me–probably was. I like the connection with the bear, coupled with his reflection. I wish I had his full reflection, but excitement ruled at the moment. Is the ice or the light area of his coat too bright? Should I crop? Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
1/500, f/8.0, ISO 200, 428mm. uncropped, basic panel Lightroom editing.