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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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danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   General Artist
great exposure, focus on the eyes and lovely light :)
SethBlizzard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student
Beautifully captured.
Gazlan-Sahmeiy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
thx swet hrt :)
furryphotos Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Beautiful wolf shot :)
TOM1770 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Good job! :iconthumbplz:
SnowWhirls Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Frigging awesome! Nuff said :clap:
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
NinjaAssassin415 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
wild free spirit
TammyPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot. I love his expression and the captured motion in this photograph. :heart:
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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