robbur: Thanks so much! I started reading your Precision Modeling book earlier today, and I must thank you for creating such an intensely informative document. There’s always more to try and learn with Blender.
traitor: Thanks for the posts. The image should be loading now. For some reason my host was unavailable earlier for a few minutes. Based on your second post I did make another adjustment to the saturation and gamma, although colors and exposure looked fine here.
The diagonal composition has subtle bidirectional aspects, one (going right to left) I had in mind being humans becoming lost/forgotten if they make the mistake of turning their back on nature, falling out of balance with it and/or failing to look ahead at their impacts on the environment or at least admit some serious changes are on the horizon.
A tighter composition that was considered at one point was a portrait orientation focusing on the left side of the image and only the bears, but that would have left out half of the behind-the-scenes reason this image came to be, even though in the lower left corner, out further, there was another vaguely face-shaped ice mass to carry that aspect of the image if I decided against the wider view.
What helped decide it for me in the end was what helped portray the desolation and enormity of the circumstances and the smallness of these larger powerful creatures which at the same time could have a sense of powerlessness and inevitability and ambiguity in the air. Juxtaposing those ideas and elements seemed to stronger support the “precipice” situation rather than for settling on a closer and less angular view that could not produce a sense of imbalance (i.e. a tipping of the natural balance of nature).