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Taking the Polar Bear Plunge  01/01/2012
3rd PlaceTaking the Polar Bear Plunge 01/01/2012
Bear_Music


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Celebration II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Harwich Port, MA
Date: Jan 1, 2012
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2012

Heading for the ocean in the annual Polar Bear Plunge: Water temperature mid-40's, air temperature mid-40's -- A mild day, and a huge turnout of several hundred brave foolhardy souls.

[Jan. 12th, 2012 01:05:34 PM]

Per request, here are the layers, and a second screen shot with only base layer (what I imported from RAW) revealed. Both these may be viewed at full size.

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Statistics
Place: 3 out of 40
Avg (all users): 6.7934
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.4762
Avg (non-participants): 6.8600
Views since voting: 3780
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 121
Comments: 43
Favorites: 6 (view)


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01/14/2012 11:39:45 AM
Congratulations , good stuff.
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01/14/2012 05:45:05 AM
I think the horizon is a bit off.
:P

Congrats Robert!
Cool shot.
(sorry)
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01/13/2012 11:33:35 PM
Isn't a polar bear plunge supposed to be a bunch of old, fat guys? A couple of those people DO NOT fall in that category. Nice shot Robert.
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01/13/2012 09:02:49 PM
This is a very cool shot. I love looking through all the faces and seeing the expressions. I'm particularly amused by the guy in the hat. The guy with the megaphone is a brave one. Congrats on winning the yellow!
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01/13/2012 08:59:30 PM
NIce grab Robert, congrats on the ribbon.
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01/13/2012 05:24:00 PM
Great shot, Robert, congrats on the ribbon!
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01/13/2012 03:24:44 PM
Yayyy! I love it that this won a ribbon! Congratulations.
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01/13/2012 02:28:14 PM
Mirror-Flip and re-title: SHARK! :P Congrats, Bear!
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01/13/2012 12:58:05 PM
Good grief, Bear! You got in their way!
Congratulations on the ribbon and for not getting run over.
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01/13/2012 12:02:18 PM
GREAT job on posting your processing steps Bear_Music. I have not been all that active with this site for a while but view it every now and then. What I notice a lot is multiable ribbon winners placing the N/A comment never giving other photographers a view into the process they utilize to win the ribbon. Congrats to you !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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01/13/2012 11:26:44 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Love the processing and I agree with mike, the face on the kid in the front is priceless!
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01/13/2012 11:11:39 AM
Robert, really cool shot, congrats! that kid in the front really sells it.

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01/13/2012 09:27:12 AM
Nice Robert, these shots are difficult to pull off clean and professional and you did just that.
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01/13/2012 08:27:04 AM
Well deserved, Bear!
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01/13/2012 07:34:42 AM
congrats on the ribbon, such wonderful expressions and fun in this
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01/13/2012 07:01:51 AM
This is such a fun, energetic shot! Congrats on the ribbon Bear!
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01/13/2012 03:56:46 AM
Without a doubt your best photo on here (IMHO).. Brilliant work.
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01/13/2012 02:34:48 AM
THIS WAS MY PICK TO WIN ... NEARLY GOT THERE BUT WELL DONE OF THE YELLOW MY FRIEND FROM SHEZ
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01/13/2012 02:01:06 AM
Like Norman Rockwell. On steroids. Congrats on the ribbon!
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01/13/2012 01:56:29 AM
nice, congrats man... very nice PP ;)
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01/13/2012 01:21:55 AM
Ha! Definitely nuts, they are. Congrats on the ribbon! Thanks for sharing the processing, too.
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01/13/2012 01:15:09 AM
WTG Bear, now don't go getting in the same rut as Lev will you, excellent and refreshing shot, glad to see it here.
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01/13/2012 01:02:04 AM
I love the novelty of this in the top. Something other than the run of the mill nonsense is refreshing, nice to see.
The PP seems a little strong, with the skin looking a bit synthetic, but it almost feels synthetic and similar to a comic, which works with the photo.
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01/13/2012 12:49:24 AM
Congrats on the yellow Robert! Excellent image and I really like the processing.
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01/13/2012 12:46:27 AM
Maniacs is right, lol. They had one here in Seattle too, (an other cities, I guess). I said to myself, "No way would I ever do that"...but I might just go next year to take photos.

Great photo, especially with the expressions captured
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01/13/2012 12:41:25 AM
Although I do see more "focus on a goal" than "celebration", I really love this image and the processing, Robert.

Congrats on your ribbon!
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01/13/2012 12:27:58 AM
Congratulations Robert! I think your processing worked very well here. Those people are nuts!
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01/13/2012 12:19:18 AM
Congratulations, Robert. A very different approach and a fine shot - beautifully processed as always.
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01/13/2012 12:03:28 AM
Congrats. Fantastic snag and editing!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2012 12:32:38 PM
Maniacs!!!!!!!!!!! All!!!!!!!!!!!!
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01/12/2012 11:01:54 AM
where and temperature?
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01/12/2012 05:37:14 AM
I keep returning to this picture.. it's so beautiful! Can you please share how you created it?
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01/12/2012 12:26:42 AM
Lemming mentality? :) Nice action shot. Seems a tad ghosted.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_bear_plunge
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01/08/2012 08:23:42 PM
I love how this is processed. Perfect that the one kids' intense animated face is right in the foreground. It gives such a sense of emotion to the insanity of that event :) Nice job.
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01/08/2012 08:10:02 PM
sweeeet love the editing!
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01/08/2012 06:27:58 PM
the hdr works really well with this...it looks surreal
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01/08/2012 06:26:57 AM
What a shot! Interesting processing and certainly celebratory.
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01/07/2012 11:23:53 PM
Excellent processing on this one.
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01/07/2012 01:14:52 PM
They do this in my home town as well, except the lake is frozen over so they have to cut a hole in the ice and plunge in one by one. In either case, I think I wuld rather be taking the photo! Speaking of which, really love the varied expressions and the colors! Great job. 9
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01/06/2012 05:30:37 PM
Nice photo of the event, with some interesting processing to cause a plastic like effect. I'm not sure I see the celebration here.
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01/06/2012 12:30:27 PM
Love the feel of this photo ,from the color and coolness of the over cast sky, the depth of field and the pure emotion on the participants faces . great capture ..
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01/06/2012 12:23:37 PM
Like the processing used here.
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01/06/2012 03:26:56 AM
like the detail in the tattoo closest but the cartoony/smooth hdr effect doesnt convey polar bear frezzing water swim to me...........
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