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Another older photo from the session at Tierpark Sababurg in late January.
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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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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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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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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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I am currently picking candidates for this year's Lupinity Wolves 2014 calendar voting. When entering photos from 2012 and 2013 in the Lightroom database, this one of mid-May 2012, taken at Tierpark Sababurg, re-surfaced that I never submitted and almost forgot about. I took a similar photo back in 2009, but I was never fully happy with the quality. Back then, I had worse light and slower lenses, and I didn't quite know how to handle the fairly new 1Ds Mk III.

After the tedious process of going through all photos and thoroughly cleaning out all those that were not 100% sharp and/or boring over the last few weeks, I am now left with a little more than 15,000 photos of the last 14 months. I boiled them down to a selection of about 170 photos which I will try to bring down to about 100 to enter the final calendar voting which will hopefully start within the next two weeks.

And yes, these wolves are in fact playing leapfrog. At least the one jumping is... he kept on running on collision course and when the other wolf prepared for the impact, he just leapt over him. Not the first time he did that... :D

The calendar voting is now officially open - so please go to [link] - create your favorite calendar - and with a little bit of luck, you can win a free copy! In any case, like last time, all participants can buy the calendar for a discounted price once it's available. You can read more on the voting in the journal linked below.

Wolves 2014 Calendar Voting is now open!Hello everyone :D
I'm happy to announce that the Lupinity Woves 2014 Calendar voting is now open. I was extremely busy so I'm VERY late this year... thus the voting period will be rather brief again - make sure you go to http://www.lupinity.com/calendarvote/ and vote now! :-)
Like in the 2012 calendar, all registered voters enter a raffle for a totally free copy of the calendar (mailing is also free!). And even if you don't win, you will have the chance to buy the calendar for a heavily discounted price if you have participated and registered.
This year, you can pick a cover photo for the calendar as well.
Technical info:
1. The voting page completely runs on javascript. That means, it will not work if you have javascript turned off in your browser.
2. You need to enable cookies for the session management. It's nothing evil, just to keep track of your selected photos until you are done. Without it, you would lose your choices after each reload and you will p
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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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Finally, spring has returned! Warm enough actually for the wolves to take a dip *g*
Here's last week's photo of the first T-Shirt day this year at Tierpark Sababurg.
Maybe a calendar candidate for spring/summer? We'll see.
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