David Somali-Chow, GMPSA, GPSA  


Close Encounter by David Somali-Chow, GMPSA, GPSA

June 2024 - Close Encounter

About the Image(s)

Equipment used: Canon EOS R6m2, Canon RF15-35mm
Camera settings: 35.00mm, 1/640sec; f/16; ISO 1250; Manual
Lighting conditions: Natural
Post-processing steps/software used: DXO, Photoshop
Accessories used (e.g. filters, tripods): Non
Date: May 14, 2024 @ 9:26 AM
Location: Svalbard, Arctic

Note:
Polar Bear, The King of the Arctic
The polar bear “ known as the King of the Arctic “ is one of the world’s largest carnivores. The polar bear population in the Svalbard archipelago and Barents Sea is around 3,000.
The polar bear is considered a marine mammal as it spends most of its life on the drifting sea ice. Polar bear sightings are most common on the surrounding islands east of Spitsbergen, but you should be prepared to encounter a polar bear anywhere in Svalbard. Female polar bears give birth to their cubs in snow caves, and the cubs generally remain with their mother until they are around two years old. Their diet consists primarily of ringed seals, the most common seal species in the waters surrounding Svalbard.
Adult polar bears range in size from 200 to 800 kg. Humans are considered aliens in the polar bear habitat, and a polar bear may see us as potential prey. The polar bear is incredibly strong, and even cubs weighing under 100 kg can be extremely aggressive and dangerous.
You can encounter polar bears anywhere in Svalbard all year round. Be cautious when moving outside the settlements and preferably be accompanied by a local guide. The polar bear has been protected by international law since 1973. Hunting, luring, pursuing, feeding, or disturbing a polar bear is considered a criminal act. Anyone who blatantly violates this provision will face strict penalties.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
13 comments posted




Carolyn Todd-Larson   Carolyn Todd-Larson
Nice capture! I like the silhouette of the ship's bow and people. I'm wondering where you were when you took this shot. On a different boat or standing on an ice floe? If the latter, oh my...that bear is too close!   Posted: 06/15/2024 09:48:12
David Somali-Chow   David Somali-Chow
Thank you. I was on the Zodiac (inflatable boat) following the polar bear, and it amazed us that the bear kept walking closer to our expedition boat. I quickly switched to my camera with a wide lens to capture the fantastic scene.   Posted: 06/17/2024 05:14:39



Laurie Bergner   Laurie Bergner
This is a very cool image. I think I would like to see some cropping, cropping out some of the right side of the boat so it focuses up closer to the bear and the front of the boat. Maybe this? What do you think?   Posted: 06/16/2024 15:55:12
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Laurie Bergner   Laurie Bergner
This is a very cool image. I think I would like to see some cropping, cropping out some of the right side of the boat so it focuses up closer to the bear and the front of the boat. Maybe this? What do you think?   Posted: 06/16/2024 15:55:14
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David Somali-Chow   David Somali-Chow
Thank you for your feedback. I tried to show more of the photographers' busy action, taking pictures on the expedition boat while showing the scale of the polar bear compared to our expedition boat. If I had cropped more on the right, I would have eliminated the two photographers in the lower section on the right side of the expedition boat, which also complements part of the story in the image.
I hope I answer your question.   Posted: 06/17/2024 05:36:27



John Larson   John Larson
I believe there is a good story about life here in the Arctic but your write-up is all about the polar bear which is more about nature. Of course we can't have the hand of man in a Nature image so I don't know what to do. This is a great image, but I am not sure what category it really fits.   Posted: 06/22/2024 13:51:30
David Somali-Chow   David Somali-Chow
Photo Travel Definition
A Photo Travel image represents the real world as it is found naturally. There are no geographic limitations.
Images that predominantly or exclusively depict animal populations are allowed if the animals are in their native environment and are characteristic of that country, region, or continent.   Posted: 06/23/2024 02:58:06



Pinaki Sarkar   Pinaki Sarkar
Great image . A perfect photo for environmental activism. Great work.   Posted: 06/24/2024 20:29:10
David Somali-Chow   David Somali-Chow
Thank you.   Posted: 06/25/2024 06:00:01



Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
The photo captures the difference in scale of the boat versus the polar bear. I like how the bear is looking right at the boat with interest. Also, the people on the boat appear to be excited to be able to photograph the polar bear. Well done!   Posted: 06/25/2024 00:50:37
David Somali-Chow   David Somali-Chow
Thank you.   Posted: 06/25/2024 06:00:29



Tom Tauber   Tom Tauber
Tells a story.   Posted: 06/26/2024 13:39:22
David Somali-Chow   David Somali-Chow
Thank you.   Posted: 06/27/2024 00:17:33