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Trick or Treat... by Lupinicious Trick or Treat... by Lupinicious
Happy Halloween everybody :D
This guy put on his Halloween face for you*g*

What? A DD? :D Are you kidding me :)
Thank you so much, Anoya, that's indeed quite a treat, so no tricks today :D :D

I would never have expected that :-)


A bit of additional info that I gave in comments but which might be hard to retrieve now:

This is a photo of a European wolf (Canis lupus lupus) in a captive pack of 9 wolves at the Sababurg park in central Germany. He is the omega of the pack (Alpha = highest ranking animal(s) of the pack, Beta = runner-up and Omega = lowest ranking wolf in the pack) and felt threatened by his pack mates around him (but they didn't actually mess with him that day).

Even though his facial expression looks furious, the crouching pose, the tucked-in tail and the laid-back ears are typical signs of fear and submissiveness, and all he wants is to be left alone. He also signals, however, that he is ready to defend himself should he have to. If some other wolf approached him now, he would snap at him/her.

Some trivia: Did you know that omega wolves, while pretty much every bigger captive pack has one, practically don't appear in wild-living packs? Wild packs are usually families that only consist of the parents (alpha male and alpha female), their off-spring (puppies) and last year's puppies (yearlings). Wolves are pubescent by the age of 22 months, and they usually leave the pack at about 20 months of age to find a mate and constitute a new pack. The idea that the parents are challenged in fights for alpha position in wild packs is a common misconception and that very rarely (if ever) takes place.

In captive settings, the yearlings cannot leave the pack, and while puppies still have a "puppy license" for their first and some of the second year of life, this expires with pubescence and then things might escalate. It has been described that omegas actually serve an important role as "scapegoats" in a captive pack, much like often observed in human social groups.

EXIF data

Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III
Lens: EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM
Exposure time: 1/640s
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 500
Exposure compensation: -1/3
Exposure program: Aperture priority (Av)
Distance to subject: 11.9 meters (~ 40 ft)
File format: 14 bit RAW

Oh, and if this one's too scary for you, try my previous deviation, which is much more charming: :D

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-10-31
Happy Halloween everyone!

Trick or Treat... by *Lupinicious ( Featured by Anoya )
BenDrowned-Myriad Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I just laughed...
amzimme Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Woo, this is about as curled as a wolf face can get, and with the dead-on look, this is a total winner of a shot! 
LUWOLVESCAS Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG DAT FACE IS GORGEOUS! :iconamazingplz:
Bicnarok Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, now that is an angry look.
scgreenman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Holly crap! If he is the omega I don't want to see the alpha pissed off! I love this guy...but he obviously doesn't reciprocate my feelings.
imaagination Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :D
judith559 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
great work ;) You've been featured in my Halloween feature, here: [link]

silvercrossfox Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOW! What a nice shot of a fearfully submissive pose you got here. Love it. So expressive. This must be the omega wolf.
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Photographer
Yes, he is/was. Thank you!
ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! Wouldn't want to mess with this guy though... :D
statistix-13 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
cuuuute! :tighthug:
KnightySama Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nk-chan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish I could make that face.
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Photographer
Haha :D
RawwrSammy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This would be much more dramatic if you cropped it a little. His body is pretty awkward looking.
KaliphaLinden Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
I can't say I agree. That awkward posture is part of what makes the wolf submissive, scared and defensive, rather than aggressive. The awkward, cowering body language is important.
RawwrSammy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it looking aggressive more! haha but to each his own :) it's a great shot either way.
Stray-Wolf-2 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Jo those eye's man the expresion wow man tels a milion words realy well dune man i love this shot
Sombros Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn,t know about the omega thing. Interesting. Thank you.
dazuno Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Not only is this a great posturing picture but the information about omegas and alphas was super interesting! Thanks for sharing.
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Photographer
You're welcome, and thank YOU for taking your time to comment :-)
Fiamma-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can this be used as stock by any chance? I would love to make a manip with him!
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Photographer
I understand, but I'm sorry, none of my photos are released as stock (yet, I am planning something, keep in touch *g*).
Fiamma-Studios Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I will be sure to do that. (=
Digitopian Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
poor creature, but I understand his dilemma, much like people really :(
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, you have been featured here [link] I hope that you like it!
warriorwolfuntaimed Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
someone's grumpy
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Congratilations on the very well deserved DD:heart:
abakouche Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Haltaar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O im scared for my life... grats on the DD!
BumbleB63 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
hes going as a werewolf!
olgolugo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
a Daily Deviation?????? :iconsaywhaplz:OOHHH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:iconiwantitplz:
MegaAdam1000 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
How delightfully evil.
Intergrativeone Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Once an Omega always an Omega???? Wonderful image and information.
Anoya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Photographer

I wanted to let you know that you've been featured in the APN Daily Deviations - October 2011 News Article! :hug:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much! :) :hug:
Anoya Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011   Photographer
You're very welcome! :glomp:
iceofwolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This deserves a DD for the moment you've captured, if nothing else. And the trivia is always interesting. One could make a social commentary on the tendency of captive wolves and 'free' humans to form cliques, bully those perceived as weak and to seek out a person or group to blame their troubles on. That wolves living freely do none of these (or rarely do), yet those in captivity are observed doing this regularly could be a metaphor that we (humans) don't really feel free in our supremacy.
Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You ShOULD expect it!

It is a great shot and you have a great eye for capturing photos of the wolves. I think you deserved the DD! Keep up the awesome work!
E-Nigmara Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Someone needs a nice dangerous facehug.
dragonon300 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Humble-Ravenwolf Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
^_^ Yeah I like this picture a lot... I'd frame it and put "GO AWAY" on it and hang it on the outside of my room door..
kcspice Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
i know its threatning, but that face always makes me laugh :XD:
cheekytosspot Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, in addition to the amazing image, for posting the correct information on wolf packs, and wild social structures versus captive ones.
Choppywings Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Missleepify Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! Those who claims that photography isn't art should look at this. You captured this perfectly, something a beginner could never do. I also loved the backround fact you gave us in the description, it really gives me the feeling that you know these animals which somehow strengthens the connection to the wolf in the picture.

Enjoy your DD, you really diserve it! :D
TinaCaper Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ivy-Redhead Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I wanna hug him and make him feel better!!!
NevermoreFox Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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