Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Wildlife 
Thread started 25 Oct 2013 (Friday) 20:28
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Kaktovik Polar Bears

 
Mybludog
Senior Member
Avatar
271 posts
Gallery: 12 photos
Likes: 252
Joined Nov 2013
Location: Newcastle, Australia
     
Nov 06, 2013 15:30 |  #31

Thanx Drew. That'll give me a good start.
We've got 2 days on the Tundra so I'm hoping to have plenty of time to play around a bit with it while I'm there.
I was just worried about the difference in contrast between Churchill and home.

Great shots, by the way.

Thanx again for your help.


Just like a dung beetle......flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
pooley
Junior Member
29 posts
Joined Oct 2013
Location: Manchester, England
     
Nov 07, 2013 03:28 |  #32

A place I often dream about going to, so putting petty jealousy to one side (!) the first and fifth shots are absolutely top notch - good control of a technically difficult subject, great low POV and fantastic interaction between the subjects.


http://www.pooleypix.c​o.uk (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
myphotographic
Member
Avatar
218 posts
Likes: 12
Joined Oct 2010
     
Nov 07, 2013 13:11 |  #33

Mybludog wrote in post #16430182 (external link)
Thanx Drew. That'll give me a good start.
We've got 2 days on the Tundra so I'm hoping to have plenty of time to play around a bit with it while I'm there.
I was just worried about the difference in contrast between Churchill and home.

Great shots, by the way.

Thanx again for your help.

I haven't photographed polar bears myself, but from an exposure point of view, there'll be two things you need to watch out for. One is that cameras' metering often try to reduce bright, white snow scenes to a medium grey (ie. under-expose). If this occurs, you can combat this by dialing in some positive Exposure Compensation.

On this other hand, if you overdo the Exp. Comp or it's a sunny day with direct light you need to watch out for blown highlights. If you're getting this, then you need to dial in the direction of negative Exp. Comp.

So before you go, make sure Overexposed Hightlight Alerts are enabled (so they blick when you review), and then familiarise yourself with the process of Exp. Comp. It's possible to lock the Exp.Comp, and you don't want to be in a panic wondering why you now can't adjust it while a bear walks off!

My only other comment would be, don't be afraid of increasing the ISO if the light start to drop. In a choice between ISO noise and camera shake, Photoshop can do a decent job of getting rid of noise, there's not much that can be done about shake blur.


Paul

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Jewel
Member
Avatar
233 posts
Joined Mar 2004
Location: Florida
     
Nov 07, 2013 13:21 |  #34

myphotographic wrote in post #16432480 (external link)
On this other hand, if you overdo the Exp. Comp or it's a sunny day with direct light you need to watch out for blown highlights. If you're getting this, then you need to dial in the direction of negative Exp. Comp.

.

I do a lot of dog photography and have struggled getting a good shot that is not blown out of a white or even black dog for that matter. Also, same problem with white birds which I like to photograh. White being the bigger challenge. I think I need to work on my exposure settings. Good tip.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
myphotographic
Member
Avatar
218 posts
Likes: 12
Joined Oct 2010
     
Nov 07, 2013 13:39 |  #35

The worst is somethng like a Puffin or a Magpie that is both! Overcast days (or shade) helps because it reduces the constrast in a scene.


Paul

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
myphotographic
Member
Avatar
218 posts
Likes: 12
Joined Oct 2010
     
Nov 07, 2013 13:42 |  #36

drewhh wrote in post #16399488 (external link)
Got to fly up to Kaktovik for the day in late September. An amazing place. Ended up seeing around 30 bears. 22 was the most we saw at one time. The bear viewing is boat based so we got got extra lucky with the great weather. It had snowed about 4" before we got there.

Those are great photos, well timed and composed. However I do think 1,3 and 5 are all slightly underexposed. They look better if you adjust the levels to get the greys to whites.


Paul

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mybludog
Senior Member
Avatar
271 posts
Gallery: 12 photos
Likes: 252
Joined Nov 2013
Location: Newcastle, Australia
     
Nov 08, 2013 22:52 |  #37

myphotographic wrote in post #16432480 (external link)
I haven't photographed polar bears myself, but from an exposure point of view, there'll be two things you need to watch out for. One is that cameras' metering often try to reduce bright, white snow scenes to a medium grey (ie. under-expose). If this occurs, you can combat this by dialing in some positive Exposure Compensation.

On this other hand, if you overdo the Exp. Comp or it's a sunny day with direct light you need to watch out for blown highlights. If you're getting this, then you need to dial in the direction of negative Exp. Comp.ds

So before you go, make sure Overexposed Hightlight Alerts are enabled (so they blick when you review), and then familiarise yourself with the process of Exp. Comp. It's possible to lock the Exp.Comp, and you don't want to be in a panic wondering why you now can't adjust it while a bear walks off!

My only other comment would be, don't be afraid of increasing the ISO if the light start to drop. In a choice between ISO noise and camera shake, Photoshop can do a decent job of getting rid of noise, there's not much that can be done about shake blur.

Thanx Paul. That would explain why some of the Landscapes I took last year in Canada look all washed out.
The foregrounds look great but the snow on the mountains is a washed out grey.

I can see I've got a lot of work to do.


Just like a dung beetle......flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
bimhoff07
Senior Member
Avatar
585 posts
Gallery: 2 photos
Likes: 13
Joined Dec 2011
Location: Ohio
     
Nov 09, 2013 18:36 |  #38

Gorgeous series!


Facebook (external link) | Instagram:@bradimhoffp​hotography | www.bradimhoffphotogra​phy.com (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
drewhh
THREAD ­ STARTER
Senior Member
Avatar
288 posts
Gallery: 15 photos
Likes: 525
Joined Apr 2011
Location: Alaska
     
Nov 15, 2013 00:38 |  #39

myphotographic wrote in post #16432561 (external link)
Those are great photos, well timed and composed. However I do think 1,3 and 5 are all slightly underexposed. They look better if you adjust the levels to get the greys to whites.

Agreed and corrected. Thanks for the constructive criticism.


switched to olympus

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Fitness ­ Freak
Senior Member
Avatar
812 posts
Likes: 7
Joined Nov 2011
Location: USA
     
Nov 22, 2013 22:47 |  #40

Truly incredible captures!


FYI: "Fitness Freak" is also known as "Amber" outside of POTN.
http://fineartamerica.​com/profiles/1-amber-kresge.html (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
jase1125
Goldmember
Avatar
3,027 posts
Gallery: 7 photos
Likes: 80
Joined May 2010
Location: Lewisville, TX (DFW)
     
Nov 24, 2013 16:14 |  #41

Some very nice images. The second is my favorite. Really quite deceiving though... looks like you could walk up an pet them. I guess you could for a brief moment :)


Jason

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
kit ­ lens
Goldmember
Avatar
1,150 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Mar 2008
Location: Durham, NC
     
Dec 01, 2013 07:02 |  #42

Fantastic work, what a wonderful opportunity you had. All captures are excellent, but the family photos are certainly NatGeo material IMO.


My flickr (external link)
rick_reno is a postwhore

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
steven1110
Member
42 posts
Joined Feb 2011
     
Dec 07, 2013 07:07 as a reply to  @ post 16402892 |  #43

#1 is incredible. So easy to forget that they are ferocious animals. What a great experience it must have been!




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
butterfly2937
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,964 posts
Gallery: 226 photos
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 625
Joined Apr 2009
Location: Connecticut USA
     
Dec 07, 2013 07:09 as a reply to  @ Mybludog's post |  #44

Incredible series and fantastic work!


_______________
flickr (external link)
GEAR

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
JFRPhotography
Member
60 posts
Joined Sep 2009
Location: Kissimmee,fl
     
Dec 10, 2013 12:29 |  #45

amazing pictures. Love, love, love #2


Joseline
Still Learning. :D
More Photos (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

8,240 views & 0 likes for this thread
Kaktovik Polar Bears
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Wildlife 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is Rooster7
1003 guests, 329 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.