Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Big, Bad, Wolf..... Not!

Nikon D90
18-200mm lens at 95mm
Aperture f/5.6
Shutter 1/400 sec.
Natural Lighting
Shutter Priority

Happy Halloween everybody!! I hope everybody had a fun and safe day today with whatever you did. I actually was a very bad mom and totally missed the whole trick-or-treating thing which was yesterday, instead of today. Ooops, hopefully my son will forgive me. Instead we went to a Harvest Fest where he got all sorts of free candy and had fun playing games.

I debated whether or not to post something more Halloweeny but decided that these beautiful creatures were more interesting and deserving of a post. I had the great pleasure of being able to go to Battle Ground Indiana this past week and was able to get up close and personal at Wolf Park to four pure timber wolves. For me it was a dream come true! I have always, always loved wolves. I used to collect wolf stuff, everywhere I went. I could have had a whole room dedicated to them at one point and to this day, I still every year get a wolf calendar to hang up somewhere in my house. This is a research facility that studies wolf behaviors and does wildlife photography seminars as one way to fund their research. You can also Adopt A Wolf to help them out.

I was able to spend several hours in the enclosure with these guys and one gal and took tons and tons of pictures. In this shot the wolf was jumping, apparently this is something this wolf (Wolfgang) loves to do. I just thought it was great to watch and I tried to get a picture of him at the very top of his leap where he pauses for a second. My connection to Scott's photo is the colored leaves in the background. I could have also done a reflection shot, but I liked this one better. It shows a little more character, and these guys did have some character. Wolfgang happens to be the alpha male of the pack so you had to be a little cautious around him. He did great until they allowed the alpha pack female back in and then he became a bit less relaxed and had to show everybody else in the pack who was the boss. Fascinating to watch and beautiful animals to photograph.

I have more photos of the wolves on flickr if you are interested in seeing them. I could have posted tons more then I did, haha, and driven everybody crazy.

Nikon D90
18-200mm lens at 150mm
Aperture F/7.1
Shutter 1/1000

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  1. Beautiful animals! It must have been so cool to watch therm play and interact! Thank you

  2. The picture of Wolfgang fits perfect for Halloween. He looks like he's floating on air, ghostlike.
    I know what a dream come true this trip was for you. I'm glad you got to take the trip now, when you're mad photog skills are at their peak.
    As your friend, the best part is knowing you were there. As your blogging cohort, the best part is getting a chill up my spine looking at the second picture. He's soft, cuddly and yet you managed to capture his ability to rip off my head. Great Job!!!

  3. So incredible, They look like they're going to come right out of my screen. Your camera is incredible and the wolves deserve no less than excellence. How can we not sit and study them. It must have been hard to leave there. I would have set up camp just to be witness to as much as possible. Stunning, I tell you!

  4. What an awesome experience Sere. I agree with B. The second photo in particular burns with intensity. I'm curious what a more wide open aperture might have done. I find the background a bit distracting. But I'm being super critical and really, there's more to like here than not. Well done.