King Of The Arctic

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  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Lens: 500.0 mm f/4.0
  • Focal Length: 500mm
  • Shutter: 1/1000 sec
  • ISO: 400
  • Aperture: F/6.7

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Field Notes Print Info

Isn’t he cool?

This was captured in the last hour of Polar Bear photography we had up near Churchill Canada.

We had spotted this guy while he slumbered in a snow drift and we were lucky all the way around.

First, we were lucky he decided to stand up at all – they can happily lounge around for hours and hours. A bit like my kids in fact, but I digress…

So, not only did he stand up, but we were fortunate enough to be in the perfect position when he decided to stroll away (thanks to Ward, our Polar Rover driver).

The lucky streak wasn’t over yet though – as he moved along the wind snatched up some loose snow from the ground and tossed it his way, just as he moved into the perfect light! It was one of those rare moments when you’re snapping away in utter disbelief that you’re actually getting photos of such an amazing confluence of events.

Somedays luck is just on your side!

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3 Responses to King Of The Arctic

  1. Wallison says:

    Lovely shot, Steve. Very similar to similar shots I was blessed to have the opportunity to shoot back in early November. The main difference is that you got some very decent light whereas our skies were overcast every day. However, other than the lighting, we couldn’t beat the sightings we had!

  2. Margret Rosenberg says:

    Yes, you really lucked out. When I was a kid I read a book by Sam Campbell in which he was on Mt. Haleakala on Maui and saw the spectre of the Brocken (the full circle of the rainbow, with one’s own shadow — the “spectre” — in the center). Very rarely seen, and he took spectacular pictures of it. And then discovered that he’d left the lens cap on.

    I never seem to have a camera handy when there’s something good to take a picture of.


  3. Kathy says:

    I feel like I could walk right up to him and give him a big hug! :-)
    You were that a perfect time, a perfect place and the picture is just amazing and awesome. :-)
    Thank you for sharing it! :-)

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