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The Kitschest Bear by abey79 The Kitschest Bear by abey79
This is as kitsch a bear as it gets. Ok, I played around with saturation and such, but it's no photomanipulation. Real ice, real sky and, most importantly, real *wild* polar bear in its actual habitat (i.e. no zoo or something...). Svalbard, Aug. 2009.

Other polar bears from the same trip:


Edit: OMG a DD -- awesome! Thanks to :iconlumi-nara: and :iconkkart: for the suggestion and feature!

Awards
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Best of Animal/Wildlife at Through Your Eyes Photography Contest [link]
Third place at Start Shooter Photo Contest 2010 [link]


photography by Antoine Beyeler

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Given 2010-01-05
The Kitschest Bear by *abey79 Suggester writes: "When I first laid eyes on this, I thought it had to be digital art, you just can't get a more perfect photo of a polar bear in it's natural environment than this... it takes my breath away." ( Suggested by DaydreamMagnificence and Featured by kkart )
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Critique by WolfsPoet Dec 30, 2009, 11:45:22 PM
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A really cute photo I think.
The way this bear is sitting on the ice is amazing.I love the way the ice is reflecting the blue colour.The contrast from the cool ice and the cool water to the warm sun shine and light in the background is really nice.
Maybe you could have tried to take a closer shot of this polar bear. Because now it just seems that the ice around the bear is more important,because there is more ice in this picture than bear..though the title is addressed to the bear.It is just a small idea. Maybe when you will be able to do that trip again you could try to find that bear again. Ok ,now my idea seems unrealistic.
But maybe you could take this photo and zoom in so the viewer could see more of the bear. Just another idea.
All in all, a really calming and beautiful photo.

A Critiquer at #SkyAndNatureClub,
*WolfsPoet
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I think the colors are exquisite, and you were right to enhance them. The bear is perfect, and so is the composition. Amazing shot. You well deserved the DD.

Looking at some of the other elements, I really like the details in the ice, including the icicles. Like the person who awarded the DD, I thought it was digitally rendered work. This is the sort of thing any digital artist would be proud of. The fact that it is a photograph makes it all the more amazing.

The perfect clarity of focus is another thing I really like about it. I like the contrast between the bear and the rest of the scene, because they look like they are of two different realms. The ice looks so cold, and the bear's fur so inviting; soft to the touch. You were one lucky photographer, but obviously, once presented with the opportunity, you had to take advantage of it. It's very hard for me to even think of any suggestions for improving it.
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Hamid-shoghy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Wow, truly beautiful!
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:iconorinoor:
orinoor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Just incredible.
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:icondarta007:
Darta007 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing! :jawdrop: :clap:
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:iconearleywine:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow
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:icontressah19:
Tressah19 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
So Gorgeous!!
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:iconcundrie-la-surziere:
Cundrie-la-Surziere Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This is very beautiful!
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:iconben-kelevra:
Ben-Kelevra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
featured in Canon-Lenses
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:iconlenslady:
lenslady Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Phenomenal photo !!!!!!!!!
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured! : [link] :hug:
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Rocksssane Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
VERY nice ; )
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:iconsimonebyrne:
simonebyrne Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Photographer
Wow what an amazing photograph!! :+fav:!!!!
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:iconjackiestarsister:
JackieStarSister Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. This is--simply put--amazing. Thank you for sharing this.
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jussta Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, your art was featured in The best of galleries 1 at :iconthatoneperfectshot: :)
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abey79 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Thanks :)
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:iconlykketrollet84:
Lykketrollet84 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these bearphotos! They are so elegant :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, another great shot! Kitschy, yes, but also inspiring. ;) You were definitely in the right place at the right time for this shot.
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Shadows-in-Twilight Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work has been featured in my journal [link] :love:
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:iconabey79:
abey79 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Thanks a lot :)
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A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Wow, truly beautiful!
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evelynrosalia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
wow these colors are beautiful. wonderful photo!!
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SalemCat Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've just featured this amazing photo in my latest journal "Furbabies in Snow" [link] I hope you enjoy it! :D
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abey79 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thanks a lot :)
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minastir Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Photographer
Your incredible photo has been featured in my journal [link] ! :clap:
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abey79 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thanks a lot for the 2 features :)
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nardude Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Photographer
what a great scene to capture :wow:
congrats and props to you
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Great shot
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Pamba Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured: [link] :)
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abey79 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Awesome thanks!
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JR-Dept Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very hardcore!:aww:
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Shadowelve Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow this is really nice :D So dreamy and soft! I love the colors =)
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EveVictus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! :wow:
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reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconomghaiplz: Your photo's been featured!!![link]
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abey79 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Awesome thanks :)
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reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No probs!!:tighthug:
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reluctant-artist-01 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture!!!:love:
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Tuesdaysangel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:typerhappy: Featured! [link]
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abey79 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Thanks :)
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alaskass Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sad what globe warming does!
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Be careful around those things. They are the only predator that will hunt man and eat the person. But I am assuming you were a lot farther away than it looks.
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abey79 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
This is actually not true. Only 5% of them actually like human flesh. Many are curious though, and it's true that the polar bear's curiosity may be the man's death. Oh and the bear was pretty much at the distance this shot suggests, about 10-20m maybe.
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that is really close, 10-20 m. I guess the bears eyes and nose would have to be impaired if they hunted humans. Because you were close enough for the bear to come and get you if it wished.


I will have to check my sources then. Because that is what I learned. But you live around them so you would know if they took to hunting humans. :) So I wonder why that is what is taught about them. Poor polar bears, get a bum rap.:)
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Lady-Trevelyan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hello! :wave: Gorgeous picture!

On behalf of the group :icondesigns-by-nature:, we have requested to add your photo to our "featured" section! Please feel free to join the group and submit more of your work! :hug:
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:iconabey79:
abey79 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Thanks a lot! =)
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Lady-Trevelyan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
No problem! :D
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:iconmararda:
Mararda Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is absolutely incredible!
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cool4dude Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Even though it's apparent plenty of people have said this before, but this is simply stunning.
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Hello! :] You've been featured here -> [link]
Stunning Photo!!
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abey79 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Cool, thanks! =)
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
:D very welcome!
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Nariane Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Stunning work (and cute bear! ;) )
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