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    Grizzly Portraits

    Photographed at a Grizzly Bear sanctuary F4-F7 SS 1000-1600

    C&C always truly appreciated.

    I think the 2nd one is one of my better bear in the water shots and here I used a different approach to editing in LR which involved decreasing highlights and shadows (for more tone) and increasing clarity to 50% instead of 30%, which I think worked better than my usual approach which has been to move the Black and White shadow sliders in LR.

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    Last edited by Brownbear; 23rd September 2013 at 04:52 PM. Reason: fix typo

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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    I'm liking those pictures Christina.

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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    Good Morning,

    Great looking portraits.


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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    I think they are very good. It would have been very easy to over-sharpen and get the fur looking all crunchy. They portray character, not just the physical being of the bears.

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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    Good work, I like them.

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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    Really excellent Chris.....

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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    Thank you to all for the kind comments... I'm feeling mighty chuffed about my bear portraits!

    And a special thank you to everyone (Dan, Manfred, Mike, Donald, Dave to name just a few) who has advised and helped me with my bear photos these past few months. It feels nice to know that I have improved.

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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    I really like #1, he looks like he's had a busy day and is just pooped!
    Is the F4- 57 correct? Do they go that high? And I never thought of using such a high SS speed. Seems like I cut my self short at 800-1000!
    I have so much to learn, jeez
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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    Hi Nancy,

    Thank you. Yes, I used F7 for the first shot taken from a bridge with no fence blocking my view.

    I used F4 for the other two shots because from this position to eliminate the background as best as I can. Sometimes just the forest is behind them but not always. I have to stand on a fence and shoot through a hole in a wire fence to get these shots.

    I have my camera set at a higher than normal shutter speed, just in case they decide to play or jump in the water, so I'm ready for action if it happens. Not necessary, just something I do and they often play and splash about in the water.

    And I too, still have a ton to learn! Your last set of heron photos were amazing.

    PS No such thing as F57... I will fix that typo... Sorry for any confusion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy Moran G View Post
    I really like #1, he looks like he's had a busy day and is just pooped!
    Is the F4- 57 correct? Do they go that high? And I never thought of using such a high SS speed. Seems like I cut my self short at 800-1000!
    I have so much to learn, jeez
    N

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    Re: Grizzly Portraits

    Nice job on these cute, cuddly bears!

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