Journey to Churchill

I spent some time on Sunday with the polar bears at the Journey to Churchill exhibit. There was a solitary bear in their large pool playing and diving and one would imagine viewing the seals in the enclosure next door.

There were 2 polar bears outside and as I was told by one of the workers they had the scent of the people cleaning up another of the bears' enclosures and they were interested in that scent.

I find when photographing the polar bears in the water that a b&w format seems to work best especially with the reflective nature of the glass and water to pick up the colors and forms of the people viewing the bears.

I found this particular image interesting for its dream like quality for me... the contrast between the light fur of the bear set against the darkened water with bubbles as the feel of a celestial setting with the darkness of the void sprinkled with stars.

CS5 curves (set to black point)
auto color

Nikon D7100
AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
f5.6 1/1600 27mm

Taken March 17, 2019.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 03/24/19 21:11
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 03/24/19 21:13

iconic standing tall polar bear pose but unfortunately his face was in the shadow

Nik detail extractor (25,6,6,normal)
CS5 auto contrast


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 03/24/19 21:14

CS5 auto color

Nik detail extractor
silver efex pro2 grad nd ev-2


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 03/24/19 21:14

This polar bear was slithering over the snow putting one in mind of a large fur covered snake. Just chillin' on a warm day with the temperature at -10C.


Comments by Bruce Hunter on Mon, 03/25/19 05:08

You are right, Jan......the O.P. immediately brings to mind the
constellation bears and inspired me to investigate how the
constellation bears were named.....from a story in Greek Mythology.
Never to old to learn, I guess. Thanks for the post.....a great one.


Comments by Bruce Hunter on Mon, 03/25/19 05:12

Never 2 old 2 learn, that is. Enjoyed the other posts, as well but
the O.P. is classic.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 03/27/19 20:44

In the next tank are the ringed seals who really try to tease the polar bears when they are in the water.

I think this is one of the rescued blind (or near blind) ringed seals.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 03/27/19 20:46

I think this is the same polar bear that is standing in an earlier post.

Nik detail extractor (25,6,6,normal)
CS5 auto color
Nik silver efex pro2 grad nd ev-2 (0,0,0)


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 03/27/19 20:48

This shot was taken in early February when one of the bears was in their small outside pool. On this day the temperature was -16C with a windchill of -26C.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 03/30/19 20:00

ringed seal


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 03/30/19 20:02

CS5 auto contrast
Nik silver efex pro2 high structure - smooth (0,0,20,
red)

converted this image to b&w to hopefully overcome reflective quality of glass n water