Polar bears make exceptional photo subjects because of their sleek white coats and starkly beautiful surroundings. But a polar bear looking through a camera as though the critter itself is about to snap a picture?
Now that’s a rare photo!
The accompanying image was captured recently by Roie Galitz in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
Galitz told PetaPixel that he was on assignment for a documentary when he spotted a large male polar bear strolling alongside a glacier.
The photographer explained what happened next:
“Suddenly he changed his path and started to quickly walk in our direction. There was little time to think, so we had to leave our gear and hop on the snowmobile to evacuate and get out of danger.
“The bear approached the cameras, took a quick sniff, smelled that it’s not food, and continued off with his path.
“When I saw him approach the cameras, I was quick with my other camera, a Nikon D850 and Nikon 180-400mm f/4, and got this cool image of him looking through the viewfinder.”
The bear did not damage the photographer’s equipment.
Galitz, founder of the Galitz School of Photography in Israel, is a Nikon Ambassador who specializes in shooting rarely seen critters in remote locations.
–Polar bear images used with permission of ©Roie Galitz