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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 :-)

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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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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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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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Last weekend was quite spectacular. We had snow on the ground and a bright blue sky - after months of overcast skies, this was something special.
The wolves were very lazy though, and I watched them sleep for 5 hours straight.
One thing about persistence is that it's usually rewarded - and I got plenty of rewards :-) This was both the most boring and one of the most exciting photo shoots I had in a long time.
The wolves were only active for about 30-45 minutes, but it was totally worth the wait.

Here's one of the higher-ranking wolves (not the alpha) of the pack at Tierpark Sababurg suddenly going for a serious chase after the omega, who was resting not far from me at the fence.
That day, I decided to shoot mostly with the 1.4x teleconverter on - an unfortunate setup in this case. I noticed a trampling noise to the right, looked, and saw that wolf running straight in my direction. I have another photo of that series that I am going to upload tomorrow that looks a bit less spectacular, where he's looking right into the camera while running at high-speed. After that, the locked back on his main target and I just shoot away. This was probably the first time I could really benefit from the 12fps of the 1D X as you can see :-)

Although at 560mm, I managed to get 10 shots of the running sequence, two or three of which are quite usable. The rest has cut-off ears, tails, paws or all of it :-) But they still make awesome reference photos...
On a side note, the 400mm f/2.8 II is so great that the 1.4x III TC does not degrade image quality AT ALL. There is no visible difference between photos taken with or without it. It's pretty remarkable.
Also, it's quite interesting that I have serious problems with the inaccurate / jumping auto focus of the 1D X when using the 400mm f/2.8 II. Using the 1.4x TC improved accuracy of the autofocus remarkably... really odd!
I talked to Monty Sloan about it and he currently has the same problem. The AF continuously got worse and worse, and Monty thinks it's the firmware upgrades that fixed the f/8 autofocus "issue". Good point... in any case, it's highly annoying!

By the way... the omega managed to escape in time :-)

Hope you enjoy this photo as much as I do!


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Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Canon 1.4x III TC
Focal Length: 560 mm
Exposure: 1/1250 sec; f/5,0; ISO 200
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Sorry I haven't been uploading anything for the past few weeks! I have been very busy with the Lupinity Wolves 2014 calendar, but now it's finally available on Amazon UK and Amazon Germany, with free shipping to most EU countries and everything :D I'll cover the details in a journal later on...

So here's finally a new upload, one of the photos I took 1 1/2 weeks ago at Wildpark Alte Fasanerie. I just love those arctics, they are awesome :-) Despite very hot temperatures, they were following me around, being all playful, and they were taking a dip in the pond once in a while - although they seemed to be much more reluctant to do so than they were one year ago when they were still yearlings...

Here are two of the two-year-olds interacting nicely. The one jumping out of the water was fetching some kind of stick swimming in the pond and was trying to take off with it, getting past the other wolf. But he was being vigilant :D

I had my camera and lens sent in to CPS because they did a recall on the 1DX for irregular greasing of the AF mechanism which could lead to a camera failure... and I discovered they also have a firmware update available for the 400mm f/2.8 II fixing some issues with a jumpy focus drive. I can't say the camera's focus works much better, but now if it gets a focus lock, it focusses more spot-on than it did before - which especially came in handy for this particular shot :-) It's really tack-sharp and there's no visible noise in the whole picture... it loses a lot by shrinking it down though, you should see it in full size :-)
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Another older photo from the session at Tierpark Sababurg in late January.
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Here's another photo from Tierpark Sababurg, where the alpha female and male (in the center of the picture) are being in a generally playful mood, and one of the lower-ranking wolves to the left joins in.
This took place when the pack is dissolving right after some rallying. The alpha female, usually very rough and aggressive, is initiating a lot of play these days. However, she still keeps the omega down and picks on him.

I chose to upload this photo because it portrays best what the pack is all about these days. Rather relaxed... still.
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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.

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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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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!

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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


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