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December 29, 2009
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Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/400 second
Focal Length
70 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 29, 2009, 1:18:01 PM
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!

Daily Deviation on dA :)
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 )
Critique by WolfsPoet Dec 30, 2009, 11:45:22 PM
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.

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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!
orinoor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Just incredible.
Darta007 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Amazing! :jawdrop: :clap:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tressah19 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
So Gorgeous!!
Cundrie-la-Surziere Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This is very beautiful!
Ben-Kelevra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
featured in Canon-Lenses
lenslady Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Phenomenal photo !!!!!!!!!
hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured! : [link] :hug:
Rocksssane Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
VERY nice ; )
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