Photographing a Polar Bear

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Since returning from Svalbard I have not had too much time to look through and start processing my images as the Wild Eye office is buzzing with activity as we prepare for photo safaris to Madikwe, Chobe and the Masai Mara!

The next few months promises some amazing African moments and incredible photographic opportunities so if you are joining me – I look forward to sharing some adventures with you.

If not, don’t worry there will be loads of new content on the blog and both the Wild Eye and my own Facebook pages so make sure to follow us online.

For now, seeing it’s Friday, I had a quick scroll through my Svalbard images.

This large male, the same one dancing with a female in this image, gave us an incredible show.

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Polar Bear

Svalbard , July 2013

Canon 1D4, 600mm, 1/1600, f/6.3, ISO 500, EV+ 2/3

This was one of the first images I got of him as, for a brief while, he looked straight at us as he moved away from his kill.

Majestic and powerful, these animals are iconic and truly the masters of their domain – one of the last real wilderness areas on earth.  Being so close to them and having the privilege of photographing them in their natural environment is one of the highlights of my photographic career thus far and something I very much look forward to to doing again.

With the way the polar ice caps are receding each year who knows how long we will still be able to see and photograph the largest land predator on the pack ice around Svalbard.

Both from a personal and photographic point of view I believe I have changed and I believe that this change will also be evident in the way I shoot and appreciate African wildlife.

I can only hope that all the people who come to Africa to photograph our wildlife feel the same sense of awe when looking at their subjects through a viewfinder.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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