Textures of the Tundra




Textures of the Tundra

First let me introduce myself - I am a nature photographer from western Canada (southeast British Columbia to be exact). I attempt to expose the art that I believe is inherent in all organisms (but, I admit, I rarely succeed). I primarily focus on wildlife, but will photograph any aspect of nature that catches my eye. I am acquainted with both Ashwini Kumar Bhat and Ganesh H Shankar (the latter invited me to join CNP).

This image is entitled "Textures of the Tundra". While ostensively a photo of a family of polar bears sleeping together (the large furry body on the left is the mother; the head is one cub; and, to the lower right, the fur is the second cub), to me it is really more about texture and lines that it is about the bears themselves. However, when the image is considered at the organismic level I hoped it would convey both serenity and peacefulness. The bears were free-ranging and totally wild and the image was captured on the arctic tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this exciting new community,

Thank you in advance for any comments on this image.

Brad Hill
Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:28 am
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bradhill  Joined CNP On 26 Oct 2008    Total Image posts 4    -   Total Image Comments 11    -   Image Post to Comment Ratio 1:3    -   Image Comment Density 116     -     Total Forum Posts 0

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Commentby nirlep on Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:45 am

Hi Brad
Welcome to the forum. This shot is a unique experience being from a different habitat. Intimacy is well captured. I would've cropped the image a bit from the left side.
Thanks for sharing.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:59 am

Welcome to CNP Brad !!

A unique image to start with. What makes this image for me is the sleeping eye of the cub and curves (predominently contour of the young sleeping one) which you have strategically composed. I am tempted to suggest cropping it till the upper ear of the cub to visually further emphasize the eye of the cub in this beautiful composition. Overall, a lovely composition, calm and peaceful too !

Thanks for sharing, looking forward see more of your creations here !!

Ganesh H. Shankar
Wishing you best light,

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Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:32 am

Brad! You made my day!!
Welcome to CNP!

What an image to start with! Marvelous creation! The texture, the eye, the contours and the color everything blends so well which are making the image stand apart. The feel is so calm and soothing! The composition is so peaceful and one can really feel that silence in the image! Great impact! This is what results in when the aesthetics and the creativity come together.....Great image!
Thanks for sharing it here and Welcome Again...

Ashwini Kumar Bhat
My scribblings | My Portfolio

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:54 am

Hello Brad,

I am extremely delighted to see your images here. I have been a great fan of your images and keep visiting your site often. Firstly, a warm welcome to CNP!

This is one image which I admire a lot. As others say, the positioning of the eye in the frame and the way you have creatively used the space is what makes this image for me. Personally, no nits in the image. It gives us lot of opportunity to learn from you and your creations and we love to see more of your creations going forward.


Pramod Viswanath
Frames from wild | My Blog
Our only limitation is imagination !

Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:54 am

Welcome on board, Brad! This is one of the best images of the most photogenic animals IMO. I remember stumbling across your site just a couple of months back and was really impressed both by the images you have created and the conservation angle you have presented. Was really surprised to see you here, and its really an honor to have you on board. I really appreciated the conservation piece and wish you all the very best. Coming to image, I just dont want to leave it. Brilliant work!

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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:08 pm

A fine opening image here. In India the bears are black and it is very difficult to get details in the black fur, I think it must be the same for these light colored bears too. I really like the textures of the fur here and the rendition of the bears as a cosy place reiterated by the innumerable toy teddy bears which people buy to cosy upto. Looking forward to see more from you. I really like the way you interweave conservation into imagery, Since I work for conservation for a living certainly need to pick up a trick or two from you to link imagery to conservation.

A creative mind is a restless soul...

Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:31 pm

wonderful composition with just perfect texture of fur and the dark organs breaking the pattern flow. i would have preferred to tweak a little to render it more towards the winter tundra (snow) feel, just my pov, brad.


Nevil Zaveri

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Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:59 am

Hi Brad, Image of Love, Care and shelter with beautiful furr texture. Life of Wildlife at it's best. Thank you for sharing.

Cheers, Shankar Kiragi