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I surrender by Lupinicious I surrender by Lupinicious
One of the Lupinity 2012 wolf calendar voting losers :-)

Two Eurasian Wolves (Canis lupus lupus) at Tierpark Sababurg demonstrating a clean example of dominance and passive submission, without any sign of protesting or whatever. I love how it looks almost peaceful and relaxed then.

Again, thanks everyone for voting - the calendar will arrive by next weekend, I will post a journal entry about that as soon as it's here, along with photos and such. Also, we will draw the winner of the free calendar (includes free shipping of course) the old fashioned analog way then :D

In case anyone's interested, here's the most popular photo of the calendar voting:

Oh... just realized this was my 100th deviation on dA! :party:
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jillbill97 Aug 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
does that mean that passive submission is a way that wolves say i surrender?
Lupinicious Aug 18, 2012   Photographer
Yes, you could say that. It is a way to show that they accept their lower position in rank and do not challenge the other wolf's dominance.
Mad alpha is mad.

Awesome pic.
LarraChersan Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, if you hadn't written, that this was taken in Sababurg, I would have never believed it. xD It looks so different. You had been really lucky to capture this , everytime I am at Sababurg, the wolves are asleep. ^^
Lupinicious Nov 14, 2011   Photographer
:D That's in the left half of the enclosure. Depending on how far you zoom in, it can look totally different from what you are used to. I noticed that when I tested the 600mm supertelezoom lens there... that was quite different :-)

Well, they are often asleep when I am there too. After all, wolves sleep up to 18 hours a day. However, you just have to hang on and wait, sometimes for hours, and you will be rewarded :-) You can replace luck with patience that way.
*pooooke* :D --> :thumb268862422:
Lupinicious Nov 13, 2011   Photographer
Haha, wow, it turned out great! :hug:
Honestly, if I didn't know it, I couldn't tell you even used the reference at all... :D
Well, there has been a lot of drama about (especially digital) artists painting over photos and thus creating seemingly stunning art. That really shocked and upset me a lot. I never really traced, but since a certain time I try really really hard not to copy a reference one by one. :D I learn more thst way, I think.

Your photo was a rally amazing help though! There are hundreds of pictures of sitting, lying or standing wolves, but it's really tricky to come by of less "common" poses.
Lupinicious Nov 15, 2011   Photographer
Hehe :-) Don't make it harder than necessary though :D
Well, this is a rather common pose actually... you should browse some of my really rare ones *g* I only upload a very narrow selection of photos, and usually the really odd and rare shots are not 100% perfect in regards of sharpness and detail, but might still make an invaluable reference.

However, I hope I'll get to work on the Lupinity site someday :D It will feature some goodies you might like :)
I am trying to find the golden path in the middle. ;)

As an artist you never truly know which pose is rare until you start looking for references. XD I once tried to find a picture of a Koala's back... I was not very sucessfull. *laughs*

Yeah, dude. Oo I keep on checking that page first and _then_ checking out your DA.
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