Anges van der Logt, PPSA  

Brown bear sniffing a tree by Anges van der Logt, PPSA

November 2023 - Brown bear sniffing a tree

About the Image(s)

From a trip last month to the southern border of Slovenia in Europe, in search of the European brown bear. We were sitting in small huts (hides), patiently waiting… trying not to make any sound.. These bears are quite sensitive to scent and noise, so I was quite lucky to actually encounter a bear on two visits to the woods. Here the bear is sniffing a tree, probably to find out if there are other bears in the area. They like to rub the trees with their bodies to leave their body scent, to mark their territory I suppose.

I cropped the image from the right a bit, as I did not get his whole body in the image, because I wanted the tree to the left in the image as well. So I cropped a bit to focus more on the face and front part of the bear and the tree. Any comments or input?

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

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Agnes, isn't it a special experience to see the beast appear after the patient watch! You captured the perfect moment. How close to the bear were you? - I think that you might consider even a little bit tighter crop, to concentrate on the action?   Posted: 11/10/2023 14:28:35
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Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
It is indeed very special! Thanks for the input
  Posted: 11/20/2023 19:08:08

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
A nice nature picture showing the animal behavior. I like the composition and, beyond your cropping from the right, I would also crop something from the top, so its head is not so centered (this would also let you get rid of some bright spots in the background). For the rest, the tree provides a good frame for the action and the pastel brown and green colors complement each other.   Posted: 11/11/2023 09:32:37
Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I will try your recommendation!   Posted: 11/20/2023 19:08:30

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Wow, our group is developing into a nature group!
The bear is great with its paw on the tree, and the head and eye are sharp. The foreground bothers me because it is lighter than the image and out of focus. So I have cropped your image even more to eliminate the foreground. I also cropped a little off the left side to maintain some balance. What do you think of this treatment?   Posted: 11/12/2023 11:06:44
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Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I like your crop indeed, had not thought about such a tight crop, but it does work! Thanks!   Posted: 11/20/2023 19:09:25

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Perhaps it also needs a little off the top.   Posted: 11/12/2023 11:07:38

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I am not bothered by the highlights in the background, as I do not see them as a strong distraction, or does the cropping. But he foreground rock is definitely a distraction and darkening it may look unnatural. If that is the case, Mervyn's suggestion to crop it out may be the most effective.   Posted: 11/12/2023 14:58:38
Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I agree!   Posted: 11/20/2023 19:09:40

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
A wonderful image depicting the bear's behavior. I agree with Mervyn's suggestion to crop away the rock from the foreground, doing so will not affect the story. I suggest to increase the texture and clarity of the bear a bit.   Posted: 11/25/2023 08:16:32