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BrianW
08-12-2009, 11:03 PM
Back from a boat run on the Beaufort Sea tonight. Took this shot of a pile of Bowhead whale bones...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/North%20Slope%20Summer%202009/bonepileplus-1.jpg

Comparing some post production techniques... 'reduced the noise' in this version and made it 8x10 format...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/North%20Slope%20Summer%202009/bonepilepluslessnoisecopy.jpg

Innocent enough looking... at first glance.

;)

John B
08-12-2009, 11:05 PM
:eek:
A bit of a surprise lurking there eh.

WX
08-12-2009, 11:07 PM
:D Not something I would like to disturb.

C. Ross
08-12-2009, 11:07 PM
Some of those bones look butchered?

Oh my, there is a furry fellow in there...

Anyway, terrific photo Mr. W.

BrianW
08-12-2009, 11:33 PM
Not actually a "fellow". But rather a sow. It's hard to see in this picture, but she's collared, and only the sows get collared...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/North%20Slope%20Summer%202009/sowleavingbonepile.jpg

The necks are too thick for a collar on boars, or so I'm told.

The Bigfella
08-12-2009, 11:34 PM
I heard those things were extinct.... the polar bears, that is.... then up pops one of our pollies today to tell us the population has exploded 500%.

The Bigfella
08-12-2009, 11:35 PM
Why so many carcases in one spot? Hunting or a beaching?

Paul Girouard
08-12-2009, 11:35 PM
Wow, she blended in really well!! Nice photo's Brian!

Phil Heffernan
08-12-2009, 11:36 PM
She must be hungry if all the food she's got is from THAT pile of nothing left!!
PH

BrianW
08-12-2009, 11:40 PM
Why so many carcases in one spot? Hunting or a beaching?

Native whaling camp on the island. So it's a bit of both. :)

BrianW
08-12-2009, 11:42 PM
Couple other bears made the gargantuan effort to raise up and look around. Pretty smart, one looks out while the other watches his back... ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/North%20Slope%20Summer%202009/boredbear1.jpg

BrianW
08-12-2009, 11:43 PM
She must be hungry if all the food she's got is from THAT pile of nothing left!!
PH

Either she's hungry. or very full!

:D

Phil Heffernan
08-12-2009, 11:53 PM
Let's it's the latter;)

PH

BrianW
08-12-2009, 11:57 PM
yawn...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/North%20Slope%20Summer%202009/boredbear2.jpg

BrianW
08-12-2009, 11:58 PM
Okay, last one. A bit artsy-fartsy...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/North%20Slope%20Summer%202009/whaleskull1.jpg

Osborne Russell
08-13-2009, 08:18 AM
Fascinating.

TerryLL
08-13-2009, 09:32 AM
I hope you got that 400mm lens you were lusting for because if you're still shooting your 150mm you are too darn close. Great pics!

john l
08-13-2009, 10:04 AM
great fotos and commentary. thanks.
i'm curious - what was the temperature at the time?

TimH
08-13-2009, 10:07 AM
and not a drop of snow anywhere.

Mrleft8
08-13-2009, 10:23 AM
Photoshop.... Those were C&P'd from some old National Geographic Magazine weren't they B-Dub?! ;) C'mon! Fess up! :D

Nanoose
08-13-2009, 10:39 AM
I hope you got that 400mm lens you were lusting for because if you're still shooting your 150mm you are too darn close. Great pics!

Ya, he's playing with the new lens, Terry. Showed us a pic or two from it on another thread. Pretty nice.....and he's either got a REAL steady hand, or is using a tripod?

bobbys
08-13-2009, 11:29 AM
Nice Pics Brian.

Dont know if there wuz pulling my NJ kid leg when i wuz in Alaska but they said if you see a Polar bear someplace s it may have come in on a ice berg and will eat you right off.

I carefully scouted for Polar Bears everywhere after that but the only one i saw was at the Airport

JimD
08-13-2009, 12:45 PM
Great pics as usual, Brian.

BrianW
08-13-2009, 09:24 PM
Yeah Terry, got the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS finally. The good news is it looks just like the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. If I don't pull them both out at the same time, the wife will never know I bought the new one. :D

About time for a new camera body. Naturally the Mk5DII is calling, but I might settle for the 50D.