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An entry for #Unframed-Nature's "Autumn" Contest. :)
Go check it out at [link] !

This photo pretty much sums up my impression of the first two sessions with the EOS 1D X.
It was taken at the same low light scene at Wildpark Edersee where I've always failed to take sharp photos of even slowly moving wolves.
And now here's a photo of one of the adult timber wolves running through the foliage... and yes, the EXIF is correct, this is 1/1250s at ISO 8000 (because I stopped the lens down to f/4) and I was surprised to see how useable it still is.
One particularly fascinating aspect is that despite the high ISO, the colors are still very vivid, something that just didn't work with the 1Ds Mk III.
Although it worked pretty well here, I'm not overly impressed by the new AF accuracy and speed. But yes, the AI servo tracking is spectacular... and I must admit this is autumn joy not only for the wolves :-)
The most exciting thing about the new camera is that I am getting shots I could never have taken with the old one. It's a whole new kind of photography.

More to come...

EXIF:
Camera: Canon EOS 1D X
Lens: 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM
400mm f/4 @ 1/1250s, ISO 8000
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Yes, autumn is here. Or it was. First snow has already fallen yesterday... oh my :-)
Remember the puppies from Wildpark Edersee I uploaded a couple of months ago? They have grown as you can see :-)
And now it seems as if she's a North American grey wolf, not a Eurasian as we all thought first.

Hope you enjoy :-)
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Here's another photo from the session at Wildtierpark Edersee in late October.
November continues to provide us with awfully dark overcast skies on the weekends, so I cannot take any new photos lately - and it looks like this is not going to change this coming weekend.

So right now I'm living on the sunshine of the past (sounds like an A-Ha song title *g*) and present you one of my Sta.sh-ed photos for emergencies :D
Hope you enjoy - I like the natural setting and the watchful, strong pose of the wolf.

Please excuse the very shallow depth of field there - there has been less light than it appears, and this was still taken with the 1Ds Mk III.

EXIF data:
Camera make: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/200 sec; f/2,8; ISO 1000
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A curious young polar wolf at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie... checking you out :-)
This is still from the mid-August photo session of which I already uploaded several photos. It's really been a nice day :D
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Black is beautiful! Here's the black timber wolf puppy princess from Wildtierpark Edersee, the soon-to-be queen of mossy rock :D
I noticed I didn't upload any photos of her yet, so here you go! :)

EXIF data:
Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Focal Length: 400.0mm
Shutter Speed: 1/640
Aperture Value: 3.5
ISO Speed: 3200
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Here's the last photo I have picked from my photo session at Wildtierpark Edersee in late October.
Had to use a relatively high ISO again (tried to keep it low shooting at 1/125s only with the 400mm lens free-handed :D But it worked pretty well!), so there's a bit of noise visible in the black fur, but I still liked the photo, so here it goes.
It displays what I love the most about black wolves - their amber eyes are just spectacular against the black fur!

A bit of extra info on this wolf and black wolves in general:
This is a female timber wolf. She is one of two puppies born this year and living in an enclosure at Wildtierpark Edersee in central Germany.

Black wolves actually only appear in North America (although some black wolves have also been identified in the Italian Appenines too, where the population was historically threatened by inbreeding and hybridization) and are the opposites of albinos (the condition is called melanism). It has been shown that the cause for melanism is hybridization of wolves with free-ranging dogs (Anderson et al., 2009). Despite the origin of the mutation, black wolves are not likely to vanish again - on the contrary, they are increasing in number, most likely because their black fur provides a better camouflage.

Like a lot of wolves, black wolves fade in color. Most are only pitch black when very young and are then gradually lightening until they are a silverish-grey as elderly individuals.

Other photos of that day:



EXIF data:
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/125 sec; f/2,8; ISO 800
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So, after a long time (and being behind in reviewing and editing photos) here's a new photo of the pack of arctics at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie.
I was there thrice within one week, and while there was no snow at the first visit, it snowed on my second and the snow was still there on my third time there (but I had no time to take photos).
So this is one photo from the two hour stay at the enclosure while it snowed. I love how the background came out bluish in the cold winter light... thus the name :-)

Hope you enjoy. I currently have 50 more photos to be uploaded from the past 6 weeks in the queue, some will make it, others won't.
Also, I will start working on the new Wolf Calendar 2014 voting soon, so please keep in touch!

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/640 sec; f/2,8; ISO 400
Metering: Manual


Ref ID: X001B0607
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This is an older photo I have sitting in Sta.sh since July.
Here's one of the Sababurg wolves (my favorite one again of course :D) laying there and looking at me attentively.
I think he looks a bit like a young lion there, thanks to the partially shedded fur and the remnants of winter fur around his head and neck that look a bit like a fluffy little mane :)

Sorry I'm having to resort to posting old work at the moment, but either the weather is awful or I've got no time lately, so no new pics.
Expect new stuff on Wednesday, if the weather is good enough. The German Wolf Association will have an info booth at Wildpark Knüll on their annual wolf day. Come and see us if you like!
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One of the handsome Eurasian wolves at Tiergarten Weilburg stalking the camera a little bit :-) Guess he didn't see such a lens before *g*
This was my first visit at the zoo in Weilburg, and it was quite pleasant. At first, the enclosure looks a bit small and there's a lot of fencing everywhere because the enclosure can be separated... but in fact, there are good photography conditions. It's in the forest, but the lighting is quite good.

This photo, in my opinion, is a good example that the rule of thirds is sometimes not the best choice (unlike proclaimed by many photographers). For this subject, putting the wolf's head in the dead center is essential. The striking symmetry of the head and the piercing look simply work best in center. If I had had the chance to get even lower to the ground to take that photo, I could have centered it even more - in this case, I had to place the head a little lower than the vertical center so that the wolf's back doesn't get cut off.

I love the fact that this is tack sharp at 100%, which means the head alone is rougly 1800x1800 pixels. Gotta do something with that some day... guess it would work on a shirt *g*
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Yes, winter was here for a while. The day I took the photo, it was heavily snowing and the pack was "in the mood" for some omega-bashing...
Whenever the omega tried to eat from one of the carcasses, one of the wolves would chase him off. In this photo, the dominant wolf on the right is hip-slamming the omega, a behavior that's quite commonly seen in Eurasian wolves.

Like all of my photos, you may use this as a reference for your drawings. It is NOT stock, however.
Read the full details on permitted use here: [link]

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/1000 sec; f/2,8; ISO 640
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