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My first Polar Bear Capture
  My first Polar Bear Capture
My first Polar Bear Capture
Though not my best this was my first polar bear sighting and capture on 11/19/2006 at Gordon Point on the Western shore of Hudson Bay. I was also using a new Canon EOS 5D with EF 24-105L IS USM len. Unfortunately the camera LCD panel worked only intermittenly (a loose connection I guess) about every other day and this day was not working so I could not change from JPEG to RAW. The camera itself functioned so I was able to take captures just not read the histogram or review the captures. I took this using the cloudy white balance, at ISO400 at 1/250 sec, F6.3 with 1+ exposure at 105mm. I did crop some. I thought it only fair to post him as my first Polar Bear. Others will certainly follow as I have the time. I am very busy now with my practice catching up with all the sick patients and I will get to your galleries at my first chance. Like a bad penny I am back.
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John Connolly
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    Welcome home Emile, I am glad you survived the rigors of the arctic!
I love the way your bear is looking over his shoulder, a great capture in its natural setting.
I am looking forward to your next images in this series.

12/4/2006 2:11:12 PM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Welcome back, Emile, you have been missed!! I can hardly wait for your "good" captures, if this is considered a bad one!!

12/4/2006 3:57:27 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thanks John and Ronald. I took so many captures it will take a long time to edit them all but I hope to be posting as my time allows. I was with plenty of professional photographers including one from Nat. Geographic from Spain. We had quite an adventure with winds to 60 mph and temp down to -29 degree F., several blizzards but were fortunate to see lot of bears. I will get back to your galleries soon as I catch up with the practice.

12/4/2006 4:15:19 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Emile, great image, sorry about your camera 5D, but at least you had the back up and that is all that matters, I cant believe a temp of -29F, we here in Canada (Hudson Bay) usually are about 70 deg year round, are you sure you ventured into Canada? lol

12/4/2006 9:10:49 PM

 
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Hi Stan, It was only that cold one day and most days was about -9 to -29 C. Fortunately the extreme cold caused the ice to freeze early. We only went through the ice once with the Tundra Buggy (last day on way back). Will catch up soon. We had a great trip.

12/5/2006 6:57:08 AM

 
Bill Wyatt
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Welcome back my friend and congratulations on your first polar bear. To bad about the LCD screen did you carry a spare body? Well atleast the camera functioned at the lens did too.

12/5/2006 2:11:35 PM

 
Chastity Abbott
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I love the single look from him with all the snow around!!! What a beautiful capture you have gotten from all three posted in your gallery!!! I just adore them all and I think you have really done an outstanding job with them!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on the beautiful images!

12/5/2006 3:57:24 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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Bad penny, indeed!!! NEVER! This is a wonderful image, Emile!!! Well framed, lighting, color... Wonderful image!!! ^.^ Kitty

12/5/2006 4:26:57 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Great image, impressive!!!

12/6/2006 11:13:23 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Welcome back Emile and wow with such amazing photos, I had to come and catch up with all your polar bear photos, awesome series and now I WANT to visit Hudson bay!

12/6/2006 11:17:21 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thank you all for your kind comments,Bill, Chastity,Kitty, Donna and Lynne.

12/6/2006 4:02:05 PM

 
eileen bedford
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Great capture...

12/7/2006 12:44:16 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thank you for your kind comments, Eileen.

12/7/2006 3:47:20 PM

 
Lorraine A. Cook
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Welcome Home Emile! Love the pose on your first polar bear<:))

12/8/2006 9:20:19 PM

 
Emile Abbott
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Thanks Lorraine

12/10/2006 1:59:27 PM

 
James E. Coleman
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Emile,
Well its a pretty shiny bad penny and I say we keep it for good luck and future great shots!!
Neat, I hope to see one maybe next year.
Thanks for sharing your trip with us!!
Merry Christmas by the way you were in the area for it!
Jim

12/20/2006 6:31:13 PM

 
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Hi Jim, We were on the Tundra for Thanksgiving and actually had Turkey and Dressing and Pumpkin pie. If you ever get a chance to take the Tundra Buggy Adventure do not pass it up but do dress for extreme and I mean extreme weather.

12/21/2006 8:42:16 AM

 
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