There is something about a family of bears that captures the hearts of humans like no other animals in nature. In this post I will highlight some images I have taken of bear families and explain what makes them special in my opinion.
Rule of Three- To make an image compositionally pleasing to the eye, if possible, I try to make use of what I call the rule of 3. Not to be confused with the rules thirds, which is positioning the important elements in your scene the intersections of lines which divide the image into thirds, this rule emphasizes the fact that three subjects are the most pleasing to human eye than any other number. If you are lucky enough to find a sow with three cubs, you have an excellent opportunity to maximize on this rule.
Moments Of Intimate Behavior- There is an infinite number of behaviors in the lives of a bear family that one can capture- nursing, sleeping, teaching, feeding, facing threats….. I love images which capture any of these behaviors.
Symmetry/Repeating Patterns. People find symmetry and repeating patterns pleasing to the eye. Here are a few examples that caught my eye.
Humor- Cubs always keep you laughing!
Standing Moms!– People are fascinated by the ability of a bear to stand like a human. Capturing a standing mom with cubs is always one of the highlights of a bear viewing trip.
Adorable single cub portraits.
I could keep going and going and going! Ill continue this post in the future. Hope you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more!
Keep exploring! Brad