I photographed this polar bear at the edge of Hudson Bay north of Churchill, Canada from ground level. That made all the difference. The large Tundra buggies so many photographers use when they go in search of bears are at least 15 feet above the ground. That forces you to shoot down on the animals, and the resulting pictures are always less than impressive. My groups shoot from the lowest perspective possible, and that makes the huge bears look even more powerful and dramatic. Because I took this picture with a medium telephoto, the background was not completely blurred but it was, nevertheless, out of focus. I replaced it with a shot of the tundra photographed nearby, and this gave the image a sense of place, a context. My settings were 1/640, f/5.6, and 1000 ISO.