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During a visit to Kaktovik I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours observing and photographing this mom and cub interact. From first shot to last in this series spans two and a quarter hours. It was late afternoon and there was a weather front moving through with low, fast moving broken clouds so the lighting changed continuously. Some of the clouds were heavy enough to provide the dark BG in a few of the images. WB was all over the place from clear blue above and low, late afternoon sun to heavy cloud and snow.

Shortly after the shoot I did the typical cherry picking which from this series was just the last one that is posted here. The rest lay in my files unprocessed until the past few days. It is amazing how much the color of the bears' fur changes with lighting/WB. Depending on conditions and processing the fur ranged from creamy white to golden blonde to nearly orange. In my processing my aim is always to reproduce the scene as I remember it. In the following I believe that was achieved.







Mom lying down and the youngster ready to pounce on her for a tussle.







Play time







Dinner time







Mom offering up dessert







Couldn't resist the shot showing bottom of the paws. Mom was rolling in the snow.







Shaking it off.







A good look at momma bear.







They found a stick to play with.







The cub was easily amused.







Mom taking a good stretch.







Mom trying to take a nap but the cub still wants to play







Sweet Dreams



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Dec 26, 2021 at 03:32 PM
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Excellent
Hard to pick a favorite



Dec 26, 2021 at 03:42 PM
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What an excellent series of images, fantastic job with them all.


Dec 26, 2021 at 03:43 PM
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Amazing series!


Dec 26, 2021 at 03:45 PM
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Hi Dan...

These are just incredible. Such great photography and such wonderful scenes. Voted.

Tom



Dec 26, 2021 at 04:00 PM
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Beautiful set of images love all the great interaction you caught between Mom and junior. The ones she is looking at you send a little chill down the spine. They are all great. I love the last one with the dark blue background with the snow coming down.

Dave



Dec 26, 2021 at 04:15 PM
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Wonderful group of shots. I too love the interaction shots. There a a bunch of great shots here but Dinner Time, Shaking it off and Sweet dreams are my favorites.

John



Dec 26, 2021 at 05:36 PM
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Sweet! The interaction is great and your photos are spot on

Morris



Dec 26, 2021 at 05:50 PM
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Dan - These are fantastic. Who doesn't love polar bears. Really enjoy looking at these. Great job with the PP.

Greg



Dec 26, 2021 at 05:54 PM
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Beautiful set! I'm jealous ,
Love this set, great actions, snow and subject, you nailed it! Voted.

Shibu



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Spectacular set of photos!

Margaret



Dec 26, 2021 at 07:50 PM
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Hoffer wrote:
Excellent
Hard to pick a favorite

Thanks for commenting.
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louie champan wrote:
What an excellent series of images, fantastic job with them all.

Thanks, Louie.
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Douglas L wrote:
Amazing series!

Thanks so much, Douglas.
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Tom In Arizona wrote:
Hi Dan...

These are just incredible. Such great photography and such wonderful scenes. Voted.

Tom

Thanks, Tom. Glad you enjoyed them.
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Dave_E wrote:
Beautiful set of images love all the great interaction you caught between Mom and junior. The ones she is looking at you send a little chill down the spine. They are all great. I love the last one with the dark blue background with the snow coming down.

Dave

Thanks for commenting, Dave. They do have a penetrating look when they give you a stare.



Dec 27, 2021 at 12:32 AM
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johnohio wrote:
Wonderful group of shots. I too love the interaction shots. There a a bunch of great shots here but Dinner Time, Shaking it off and Sweet dreams are my favorites.

John

Glad you enjoyed them, John. Sweet Dreams is definitely the "money shot". That little flurry came through for just a couple of minutes.
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morris wrote:
Sweet! The interaction is great and your photos are spot on

Morris

Thanks, Morris. It was tough shooting that day.
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G.E. Smith wrote:
Dan - These are fantastic. Who doesn't love polar bears. Really enjoy looking at these. Great job with the PP.

Greg

Thanks for the kind words, Greg. Glad you enjoyed the shots.
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shibutg wrote:
Beautiful set! I'm jealous ,
Love this set, great actions, snow and subject, you nailed it! Voted.

Shibu

Glad you liked the post, Shibu. It was a good day to be there for sure.
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mspencer1 wrote:
Spectacular set of photos!

Margaret

Thanks, Margaret.



Dec 27, 2021 at 12:37 AM
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Beautiful shots!


Dec 27, 2021 at 01:00 AM
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Beautiful set


Dec 27, 2021 at 04:18 AM
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Lovely and oh, so enjoyable set, Dan! The last image is wonderful and it warms your heart although it was snowing.

Joshua



Dec 27, 2021 at 08:05 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Polar Bear Mom and Cub Interaction


Hard to pick a favorite, easy vote
Gary



Dec 27, 2021 at 08:22 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Polar Bear Mom and Cub Interaction


polar bear cubs are cute - but don't pet them



Dec 27, 2021 at 08:30 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Polar Bear Mom and Cub Interaction


Lovely set.


Dec 27, 2021 at 10:37 AM
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very nice pictures, most have been a wonderfull experience



Dec 27, 2021 at 12:41 PM
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