Sharing moments in time…

“Spirit Bear” original photos

Earlier in the week I posted a composite photo called “Spirit Bear” which is also posted below.  I also wanted to share the original photos that I used for that composite as I thought they were pretty good Brown Bear photos in their own right.  The first one is a close-up of a bear we called the fishing bear as he seemed to be the most interested in a fish diet as opposed to just grazing in the sedge fields.  He was actually standing in the middle of a salmon stream when this photo was taken.

Fishing Bear Portrait

Fishing Bear Portrait

To make the background of the composite photo, I applied an oil painting filter to the photo, converted it to a textured sepia tone and then applied a white vignette to give it more of a drawing look.  The second photo I used was a photo of the same bear charging after a fish (he didn’t get it).  I just overlaid that photo on the portrait in photoshop, resized it into the lower right corner and then masked out the parts of the photo that I didn’t want.



In case you forgot, here is the composite….

Spirit Bear

Spirit Bear



4 responses

  1. Nice work in PS but I prefer the originals !
    Great shots Scott !


    November 4, 2013 at 4:11 am

    • Grazie Mille Max – agree with you about the originals -but its fun to see what other possibilities you can make out of your photos from time to time. Beside – the time it takes keeps me out of trouble!

      November 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  2. They’re all beautiful but I think the original of the bear charging is my favorite! I always look forward to seeing more of your photos, Scott – they’re all incredible.

    November 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

    • Dounia – Thanks ! I agree with you – the Bear charge is one of my favorites from Alaska this year. The action and the power that the Bears exude is on great display when they are fishing.

      November 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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