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Chase by Lupinicious Chase by Lupinicious
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!


EXIF data:
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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:iconamzimme:
amzimme Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Spectacular shot! Face in perfect focus, yellow eyes POPPING out of the photo, snow flying, great action shot displaying the power of a wolf :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
great exposure, focus on the eyes and lovely light :)
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:iconsethblizzard:
SethBlizzard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student
Beautifully captured.
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Gazlan-Sahmeiy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
thx swet hrt :)
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furryphotos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful wolf shot :)
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TOM1770 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Good job! :iconthumbplz:
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SnowWhirls Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Frigging awesome! Nuff said :clap:
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moonwuff Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Lupinicious! :) I've been following your work for a while now, but I've never had the time to write an appropriate comment so far. This is my absolute favourite by you. The variety of the colours, the perspective and the motion - everything fits together in such a wonderful way. And I totally love his face!

As I also am a 'hopeless' wolf enthusiast who likes to spend hours watching them, I know that it means a lot of effort and patience to take such pictures though I'm still at the beginning and still have much to learn (ISO-what? How does it taste, haha). However, it's great that you share your experiences with your cameras, lenses and photoshop work. I like reading them and they often give me an idea of where I could improve.

Keep up this wonderful work and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your photographs!
They really help to create a better understanding of these gorgeous animals! :)
I wish you all the best! :D
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NinjaAssassin415 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
wild free spirit
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TammyPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot. I love his expression and the captured motion in this photograph. :heart:
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Shadow-o-Rabby Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013   General Artist
May I use this for an anatomy tutorial? I will be using other references too, and this picture will never be directly used. Only mentioned. A small sketch made by me for reference within the Tutorial may be uploaded, but not for money or points.
Just covering my bases and making sure you ok with it before I start.
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Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   Photographer
Sure :-)
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:iconkaguetora:
Kaguetora Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That focus in his face is sooo cool! Beutiful wolf, beutiful shot!
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Ramsay-the-Bastard Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Simply beautiful.
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damiengorson Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a wonderful shot :)
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rhapsody-in-bleu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here [link] :heart:
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:iconle-meridian:
Le-Meridian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello !! Your beautiful work is featured in my journal [link] :)
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:iconwendymitchell:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconcrazy-4-animals: Congratulations! This work has been included in our latest Friday Feature [link]
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:iconandres-cadena:
Andres-Cadena Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful animal! Well captured!
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moem-photography Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
so beautiful !!! light, motion, composition ! amazing picture ! i'm in love ^^ and jealous :p
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andy-j-s Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Wonderful
Love The Intensity Of The Eyes. :)
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Stray-Wolf-2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
WOW stuning shot there Lupinicious

and PS. my next body will also be the 1Dx on my to get list :) there bat at the moument ma sticking with my 7D works also real well and good shutter speed :)
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :-)
Yes, the 7D is also pretty fast, but the quality, especially the ISO performance, is much better in the 1DX.
BUT - the 1DX is a bitch. There are lots of tiny things about it I'm not happy with. Especially the poor AF in most situations...
But 12 fps and the amazing high ISO performance make it really hard to use the 1Ds Mk III instead :D
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Stray-Wolf-2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
It is a pleacher there my dud :)

Ja def agree the 7D ISO is rely not good i stay away from enny ISO above ISO 640 cos it gets real bad bat is weary fast and works well first need to save for the big boy lol. Bat i do work for Canon and is a color spechilist at my job oops lol did a cheack there for u there is a Update out for the 1Dx frimwere version v 1.2.1 were the camera's comes out with v 1.1.1 and see in the tech there are fixes for lenses and a few weard errors mybe tray to update the firmwere of the cam and see if that is enny help there :) here is the link [link]

hope it helps there my frend have a lekke 1 dud :)
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Photographer
I have 1.2.1 installed since the day it came out. the problems rather got worse than better with that...
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Stray-Wolf-2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
That is weard there bat what i did now called our camera tech peopel here at my office at canon and asked if thay have hade this problem befor and the dud told me u mast tray this and see if that helps as well is to safe all ur camera setting's to CF card there is a setiing for it and do a camera reset that will reset every thing back to factory default :) if that dasent work then can be somthing on the boddy :) lol hope this 1 helps u out :)
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kataang7789 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Oh my gosh, ITS SO FLUFFY!!!!
I want to touch his fluffy tail!
Awesome shot, he is a truly gorgeous animal.
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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star43559 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so cute
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:iconm3los93:
M3los93 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
wow
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Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The moment I saw this I was struck by how beautiful this wolf is, and I just had to see more of your work.
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013   Photographer
Thank you :) I hope it was worth the time :D
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Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :) It looks like that too.
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:iconpercioz:
Percioz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing, I love the way the snow flows and the wolfs look.
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aerith94 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
incredibile!!=) lo metto subito nei preferiti!:)
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LoupyVarg Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW
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FunshineArt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist
My favorite animal in a great shot! thank you ;)
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:iconwolffried:
Wolffried Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Wow, what a wonderful foto... a really great shot! That is a really intense look in his eyes. Thank you for the picture!
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Photographer
Thank YOU :)
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:iconwolffried:
Wolffried Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
:) Hmm.. Alte Fasanerie? Die kenn ich doch ^^ Wohnst du in Hessen?
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Photographer
Ja, aber am anderen Ende :-) Bin aber öfter mal beruflich in der Nähe.
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lynchkidme Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOF, THIS IS SOO COOL, YOUR PHOTOS ARE GREAT
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Photographer
Thanks a lot! :)
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Alberticorico Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
spectaculer photo
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:iconlupinicious:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!
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Alberticorico Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are very welcome :)
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Fb-PHE13 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing shot!
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RobxRae4ever Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
i have benn wondering how do you join or make friends on deviart????
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