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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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blackbluecat777 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
good!
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JoshieAteMyBaby Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist
Hello! I referenced this photo in a drawing I made: [link] thanks!
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Photographer
Good work! :) Thanks for showing!
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love his expression here, he looks ready to pounce. :) Great capture!
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HannEmannrs Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I love this photo, how centered and defined he looks. Awesome job
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NovaArt18 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
his eyes look so animated with the "eye brows" X3
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ShinoXIII Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wie immer ein fantastisches Bild ^^.
Und die Idee mit dem T-shirt find ich garnicht so übel, um ehrlich zu sein ziemlich gut. Wäre nach dem Kalender vllt. der nächste kleine Schritt für etwas merchandise ^^
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Photographer
Danke :-)

Naja, das mit den Shirts würde ich aber eher nicht selbst aufziehen. T-Shirt Druck ist noch teurer als Kalender, und dann muss man diese noch in allen möglichen Größen vorhalten...
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ShinoXIII Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vllt. könnte man das ja auf Anfrage machen. Aber das wird dann für den Käufer auch recht teuer. Naja, ls Grundidee isses schonmal nicht schlecht.
Aber ich bin schon froh wenn ich genug Geld beisammen habe wenn der Kalender rauskomm. ^^
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SpiritDragonWolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Mind if I reference this? This photo is FANTASTIC!
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Photographer
Not at all, go ahead :-)
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That rule of thirds thing drives me nuts. Yes, for beginners, it's a good guideline... as they say, you have to know the rules before you break them... but I about smacked my photo class in college when they criticized one of my photos because the leaf was in the exact center. Yes, idiots, it was meant that way. A single yellow leaf on a field of dark, wet concrete. (sadly not uploaded here - I need a friggin negative and slide scanner to pull all my old school stuff up and upload it)

I love the perfect frontal view you've captured here, as well as the expression on the wolf's face.
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Roydeviant Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Focus is superb...pardon me to compliment the grass when subject itself is so brilliant!
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Roydeviant Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Photographer
haaha, really??
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! :-) Well, the grass is part of the photo too, I guess :D

Heh, hope you don't mind, but for a moment I thought you look like Sebastian Vettel with a beard on your icon :-)
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wolflogics Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
great picture :)
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BlazeMane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
gorgeous animal :)
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   General Artist
Beautiful shot!
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wasagamack Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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mist8k Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what time is it Mr wolf? ;)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Photographer
Lunch time! :D
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PrivateDoomsday Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh, wow; what a beautiful wolf! Nice job on taking the picture!
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harrie5 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
The rule of thirds is an approximation of the Golden Ratio, which is why it naturally makes compositions more aesthetically appealing.
It works best when there is more than one focus to the image, one as your main focus, and another as a secondary point of interest. You can then lead the eye around the image, so that it goes from the main focus to another.

However, if your aim is to make the focal point right up in your face, then you'll want to use a central focal point. That way, your focus is there, your aim is not to lead the eye around the image, but to keep it right there.

That's why there's more impact in this image with a central composition! C:
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Photographer
I agree... good explanation :D
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Wolf-Ninja001 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
epic.
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fisk Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Centered compositions bring harmony and balance to a shot, whilst the rule of thirds add tension and dynamics. This shot works very well as a centered composition, I agree. However only beginner photographers that just learnt the rule of thirds use the rule of thirds in all their compositions, it is a great tool for starting photographers, whereas more advanced photographers always know that the form and the message always are more important.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Photographer
In fact I have had a lot of "advanced" photographers (or those who thought they were) preach the rule of thirds often enough. I found that the rule of thirds is more efficient in human photography than with animals. I suppose that's due to the ears and all the fur around the face, which often makes it difficult to crop the photo without making it look "incomplete"...
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Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional
he's eyes are like thay've been painted, bautiful :) great picture
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NekoHime07 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love woooolf x3
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HunterBeingHunted Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah ! he truly is handsome fellow! :) I have never seen so strong cheek bones on a wolf but it makes him look even more handsome ^^ I love how the focus is on his face btw and perfect timing of capturing his wolfish grin ;)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Photographer
Yes, he's got very defined cheeks :-) All wolves there are pretty interesting looking - might add more from that session some day :-)
Thank you!
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HunterBeingHunted Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem and I would love to see more of those ^-^

(btw all your photos are just fantastic.. you seem to be there whenever it is the best moment for a photo :) )
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Photographer
Haha, thank you :) Actually thinking about the tons of great moments I miss when I am NOT there (which is 99% of the time) gives me the shivers!
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HunterBeingHunted Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww xD but at least you are there on some of the great moments when you could be there when there are only the boring moments ;)
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   Photographer
Haha, I guess that's true. :)
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karelwolf Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
awww he wants to wrassle XDD
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