Svalbard, Norway

The morning light backlights the impressive polar bear at the edge of this rock. The sun creates soft backlighting around this massive body in this B&W art photograph.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 17 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/1250s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 380mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5184 by 3456 pixels (WxH).

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The morning light backlights the impressive polar bear at the edge of this rock. The sun creates soft backlighting around this massive body in this B&W art photograph. Overall a calm and serene atmosphere came through the morning light.

Did you know that scientists can extract DNA from just a polar bear’s footprint in the ground? Incredible! Two small samples of snow from a polar bear track revealed not only the DNA of the polar bear that made it but even from a seal, it had recently eaten.

As an apex predator at the top of the food web, polar bears can signal that there are problems in the Arctic marine ecosystem. They are likely to be among the most vastly affected species as the Arctic warms and sea ice melts. Undoubtedly, climate change is not the only threat to these magnificent creatures. The oil and gas industries are also harming their habitats through oil exploration. If a bear comes into contact with oil spills, it can reduce the insulating effect of a bear’s fur. Which means they use more energy to get warm and can poison them if it gets in their system.

Through climate change, the ongoing melting of sea ice and glaciers, Arctic wildlife loses its habitat.

Polar bears, Ursus maritimus, is in the IUCN list as a threatened species.

Explore other photographs like ‘Polar Bear At The Edge Of The Arctic Sea’ in our Arctic Circle themed portfolio.

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2 comments for Polar Bear At The Edge

  1. Hanneke

    Wow, breathtaking picture

    • Anette Mossbacher

      This Polar bear gave us a nice display at the rocky shore of Svalbard. Thanks so much, Hanneke.
      Ciao Anette

  2. Ruth Koprek

    It’s an absolutely stunning photograph, pure perfection. One of those that I just can’t take my eyes off of. Your work is amazing.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Thank you very much Ruth to take your time to comment on this B&W photograph.
      Ciao Anette

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