Samuel Lane  

Grizzly by Samuel Lane

February 2021 - Grizzly

About the Image(s)

Taken at Yellowstone using Nikon D500, 1/25sec, f/29, ISO 100, @400mm. Converted to B&W using PS, using adjustment layers to bring out the tones.
This is the photo I thought I sent in last month

8 comments posted

Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
I did not see the bear at first. He gets lost in the grey tonal range and similar shaped rocks. I really like the expression on the bears face. Would like to see the color version.   Posted: 02/09/2021 13:38:54
Samuel Lane   Samuel Lane
This is the second time I have gotten that comment thought I had fixed it but guess not. Not sure what more I can do to increase the separation and keep what I like about the picture. Recommendations are welcome I like the black and white as well as the color but want to make the black and white work. Just haven't gotten there yet. Thanks for the feedback.   Posted: 02/11/2021 14:02:16
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Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
To separate the bear from the background. blur the background a little and burn down the fore ground just a bit to add to the separation.This will work even better in the color version.   Posted: 02/13/2021 11:43:20
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Marianne Shine   Marianne Shine
Your grizzly clearly stands out better in the color version, but I like the more dramatic effect of the B/W. The rushing water is wonderful in both versions. In the B/W I wonder if it would work to brush the dark area on the rock at the right with a light gray like on the rock to the left of that one?   Posted: 02/11/2021 15:15:21
Samuel Lane   Samuel Lane
Thanks I will try dodging other areas to make the bear the focal point. When you look at this photo I want the bear to be the first thing you see.   Posted: 02/11/2021 18:34:11

Alec Chester   Alec Chester
I really like this image just the way it is. At first I didn't see the grisly bear but had a shock when I made it out. I like the way it hides among the rocks and the flowing water is terrific. The piece of driftwood has just the right angle and the bear looks like he's going for it. Big question: how close were you to this bear? Were you protected?   Posted: 02/12/2021 12:58:47
Samuel Lane   Samuel Lane
Not good at guessing distances but quite a ways also he was in an enclosure at the Yellowstone Grizzly and Wolf enclosure the bears name is "Sam".....

He was killing chickens on a someone's farm in Alaska so they captured him and transferred him to Yellowstone. He is a really large bear...   Posted: 02/12/2021 13:19:24

Gail McTaggart   Gail McTaggart
What an awesome capture Samuel. Like the others I missed the bear at first. The image is really sharp and tells a great story.
Other than the bear the overall image is just a flat grey, with very little tonal difference. You might like to try a white curves layer and add some brightness to the water... after all water is usually white, not grey.   Posted: 02/12/2021 23:36:28


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