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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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Guess it's time for another howl photo!
Here you go - a polar wolf howling at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie. As always, full view please.
Taken in mid-January, has been incubating on my harddisk for a while :-)

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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Another older photo from the session at Tierpark Sababurg in late January.
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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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(Full view, please)

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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So that was the last snow this winter, I suppose!
Here is a detail of a photo taken yesterday at Tierpark Sababurg. (Full view, please, this one is rather large)

Why such a detail? While I initially wanted to upload the full frame, I found this crop to be more interesting, more original. I always enjoy the high detail on the wolves' faces, and reducing the size of the 18MP photos to 900 pixels, most of that detail is lost. So here you go, up close and personal :D

I still have a hard time choosing anything to upload - it's one of these times again where I think none of the photos is good enough... I pick a few photos one day and discard them again the very next day.
On top of this, deviantART has not been very attractive lately, with little feedback and a community in decline, as it seems - so that's not overly motivating either at the moment.

Anyways, hope you enjoy this.

EXIF data:
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Exposure: 1/1000 sec; f/5,6; ISO 640
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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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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.

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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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Just a pic from a photo session at Tierpark Sababurg back in January.
Thought it would probably make a nice reference :-)
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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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