I took this picture of two wolves at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone which is just outside the National Park. I cropped the picture a lot to make it visually more interesting. However, with the resizing necessary for TE I think that I have lost some definition but I thought that I would try it. I have included a WS for your interest.
The center has two packs of wolves that were born in captivity elsewhere. They are unable to live in the wild so the Center has given them a home. The wolves have sufficient space to display various natural activities including pack hierarchy.
Yellowstone National Park does have wild packs of grey wolves but we did not see any on this trip. The wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone in 1995 having been captured in Canada. This reintroduction has resulted in decline in the elk population and changes in the ecological balance. Interstingly, the increase in the beaver population is thought to be a result of the elk grazing more widely and leaving much more of the willow for the beavers.
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guld (1042) 2012-05-07 7:59
You might have lost some definition with sizing for TE but I do not even notice it. This is a fantastic photo. The detail on the wolves is amazing. The eyes, the shinny fur....everything is beautifully captured. Kudos!
jga (1062) 2012-05-07 8:01
Beautiful photo of these majestic wolves.Excellent sharpness and texture of the fur.
I like the eye of the 2nd wolf behind.
ourania (35009) 2012-05-07 8:02
this is a beautiful, interesting and rare picture, wonderfully framed and illuminated. Clarity is fine, the capture of textures and colours marvellous. I love the position of the wolves in the frame, one head slightly bend and the other facing directly towards the lens. I love their brilliant eyes, one of each, giving so much intensity to the picture. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best,
tyro (21558) 2012-05-07 8:02
I was immediately attracted to this one because one of my greatest heroes (or, rather, heroines) is Hélène Grimaud, an extremely talented concert pianist and, as you can see here a very "foxy" lady who, interestingly enough, has helped to found a Wolf Conservation Center in America where she now lives.
Both this and your workshop picture are actually the same image and I must say that I can't really make up my mind which I prefer. They are both absolutely excellent but, on balance, I think I have to agree with you and go for the workshop picture which includes the animals' legs.
Your composition is excellent and I like the way that attention is immediately drawn to the eyes of these beautiful creatures - despite the fact that we can only see one eye of each wolf. And, of course, the colour and appearance of the eyes makes them stand out stunningly against the creatures' fur.
Wonderful natural colours, perfect exposure and stunning sharpness in both pictures despite your misgivings. One (or, rather, Two) of your very best!
brianmcc (6189) 2012-05-07 8:15
what a stunning close up of these wolves. your focus on the wolf's eye is perfect detailing the intensity of this animal, and the sharpness is wonderful. beautiful light and colours. the close framing, cropping out any distracting background really works very well.
worldcitizen (7403) 2012-05-07 8:18
These wolves are so beautiful, and I like all three of the photos you posted of them. In this version, I especially like that we see only one eye of each wolf in the frame, and the one in back is looking at us with such intensity. Very nice!
Miguel82 (26182) 2012-05-07 8:23
A superb close up of these wolwes
great colors and good sharpness
SnapRJW (31625) 2012-05-07 8:59
Hello Ann - What fabulous creatures! I'm not sure which crop I prefer, probably this one because I love all the fine detail you have captured in the wolves' winter coats. No worries wrt the definition, every hair is beautifully rendered. Despite the animals looking quite cuddly, one look at their eyes soon dispels the thought. A super close-crop composition with fine detail and colour. Super work. Warm regards rosemary
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-05-07 10:12
Ola Ann ,
Linda foto deste lobos os detalhes do pelo estão magníficos , boa luz e cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Noel_Byrne (26525) 2012-05-07 10:13
Beautiful capture of these stunning animals. You could not ask for a better pose, and I love the detail of the eyes and fur. Wonderful!
holmertz (43605) 2012-05-07 10:52
Pets are not allowed! :-)
Those who know wolves usually regard them as among the smartest and nicest of all animals. In one Swedish wildlife park visitors are allowed to enter the wolves' compound in small groups to meet them closely. Most seems to regard it as an experience of their lifetime. However there is a heated debate about the approximately 200 wild wolves spread all over the country, including the Stockholm vicinities. Most hunters and raindeer owners would probably like to shoot them all.
As a photo this is a great portrait with superb sharpness. I understand your reason for cropping and with some hesitation I think you did the right thing. This version is a better balanced composition and more straight on.
jaywalker (16101) 2012-05-07 11:01
Hi Ann, I love nature & went to Yellowstone some years ago, so this photo really stood out, all I need to say is MAGNIFICENT, kind regards Wilson.
rychem (26690) 2012-05-07 11:43
Excellent portrait of the wolf, pin sharp details on the fur of the animal, perfectly done
GREGG (7888) 2012-05-07 11:46
wild animals shown in a beautiful frame,
one partially hidden behind another,
wolf eyes hypnotize
good depth of field, color and saturation,
jimmj63 (2313) 2012-05-07 13:30
great portait, very good
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-05-07 13:53
Fantastique image animalière!
JFS (32459) 2012-05-07 23:01
Powerful and beautiful image of these two wolves, the POV is perfect, a really good work!
emka (83948) 2012-05-08 0:00
Stunning double portrait of these wolves. For sure, cropping it like this made it very i nteresting. You were so close to them. I do not think you lost any definition, the sharpness is perfect. fantastic shot.
I remember the time when there were a lot of wolves in our mountains. They caught the sheep so people killed them and even got money for it. Now the wolves are under protection but I do not know if there are still there.
dkmurphys (51326) 2012-05-08 2:52
Lovely wildlife capture. Impressive animals, one of my favorite. Well taken, enjoy the day.
Nicou (127654) 2012-05-08 9:42
Quels yeux et loupss de superbes animaux quel pelage et cpatage, merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
yquem46 (38750) 2012-05-08 12:25
Looking at this one I first thought that you were in the Lamar valley and were fortunate enough to watch them in real life, if I can say
yet, even like this at the discovery center, you've got a very impressive image, razor sharp and full of details
A splendid close up portrait of these 2 fellows
have a nice evening
patdeph (35748) 2012-05-08 13:52
these 2 wolves are very beautiful, it's nice to see them in a so close framing.Their glance is very soft,and I love this intensity.The sharpness is so good that we have the sensation to feel the texture of their fur, this is a wonderful picture.
Waylim (25368) 2012-05-08 18:43
These two are so beuatiful, looks like they are doing very well in Yellowstone, accordingly also trive in the wild. I love to see them with my own eyes next time I visit Yellow Stone.
Beautiful details and nice tight crop for a full impact.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-09 1:40
a beautiful portrait with attractive composition and splendid details, excellent lights and clarity, the POV is superb, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-09 4:25
Very wonderful shoot of this cute animal.Great lightning with details.Perfect framing and POV.Well done
Have a nice day
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-05-09 10:05
Hi Ann, Trying to catch up, these wolves are fantastic, love you close crop, those eyes look menacing, great management and presentation, Trust you are both well, I am fed up with the rain, even followed us to Spain, the weather is all over the place, Cheers Iain.
williewhistler (15229) 2012-05-09 11:52
you have managed to retain a great deal detail in this tightly cropped shot and still kept the eye sharp, well done indeed.
I like the composition with the wolves at right angles to each other which seems to add a sense of drama for me.
delpeoples (54421) 2012-05-09 17:24
I appreciate what you say about the slight loss of definition when you crop and re-size. But the image is still first class and it is the light here that wins it for me. I;d love to have seen the original, because even in the small version, the details in the eyes, the fur and the face are still remarkable. I like how you;ve cropped it too, allowing us to concentrate fully on this enigmatic creature.
TFS, nice work
Tigerlily (3107) 2012-05-10 10:39
Excellent crop, Ann. I love the way you display "the two" in this way, Superb!
Glint (6171) 2012-05-10 14:33
this close cropped portrait of the wolves gives us a chance to get up close and personal. Excellent sharpness gives the fur a tactile quality and I have to stop myself reaching to the screen to touch them.
josepmarin (57841) 2012-05-11 0:56
in spite of the crop and the resized of the photo, I believe that the quality of the image and its resolution are very high. I like this couple of wolves, which you have caught with a great sharpness and a few natural colors, in order that we could estimate their beauty and all the details of their fur and their heads.
It is a really attractive photo, which you have executed with a great skill.
sacimar (26175) 2012-05-11 5:28
this is an impressive image of these wolves, I like the details and the face expression, it's a nice nature composition,
Have a good weekend,
siudzi (34131) 2012-05-13 1:07
I've missed that one! Absolutely outstanding shot taken with superb quality and composition. Excellent work. Bravo!!!
Have a nice day!
bayno (18344) 2012-05-14 0:20
I love these animals, always feared the rumors of the people but that I know do not attack humans, great close-ups, beautiful natural colors and great definition good use of DOF...nice one...
kennyblack (4207) 2012-05-14 5:56
Photos of wolves I've seen a lot but never one so beautiful and the WS you have done is fantastic, a professional edge where the head of the wolf takes a perfect and in sync with the head of 'other. Perfect resolution and impressive detail. You've done a great job. Thanks for having shared.
Greetings, Regard's the best ... Marino
eldancer1 (30696) 2012-05-14 9:08
Wow! Beautiful animals and nicely captured! I like the tight framing and exellent details. I've been hoping to photograph wolves here in Southern Nevada, I saw one about a month ago but he was a couple of miles away and even with my 300mm lens he was still too far. TFS.
faubry (35405) 2012-05-14 15:24
wonderful, very good detail, i like the right moment! well done
photoray (13160) 2012-05-14 17:24
Excellent pair of wolf eyes in tandem, fine resolution and natural coloring. And I like the tight cropping/
Unlikely to get this close in the wild?
The Wolf has gotten such a bad rap from every corner of human fantasies. Their main diet is actually field mice, and other rodents. Of course, don't try to talk Little Red Riding Hood out of her nightmares...
carlo62 (37127) 2012-05-15 14:36
una foto veramente bella, la qualità è comunque buona, anche se l'originale è sicuramente meglio.
I due lupi si amalgamano bene e creano un'immagine straordinaria.
Complimenti per l'ottimo lavoro.
serp2000 (41626) 2012-05-16 0:29
my congratulations! Excellent portrait! I like the wolf's smile. An interesting report from Yellowstone Park.
jemaflor (88043) 2012-05-19 2:37
Lovely dogs, well taken with a perfect light, I like the brightness of eyes, charming glance, tfs.
Cricri (110209) 2012-05-19 11:54
Attirée par cette image des deux loups, superbe dans le cadrage, la netteté, la lumière, le WS 2 me plaît aussi, vraiment une magnifique image
rhinos59 (610) 2012-05-23 8:44
Great picture with an excellent light management, and even if you say you lost definition to me it looks quite sharp ,very good job you did in the post production,
aliabazari (16053) 2012-05-31 11:35
Very beautiful and glorious record. Very good view of this proud animal.
Thanks and regards.
Yassou (466) 2012-09-08 14:59
Beautiful! Excellent sharpness, colours and light. I love it! Fantastic photo.
COSTANTINO (58651) 2013-03-02 10:01
excellent capture of those two wolves
with delicate details,I like their
eyes looking curiously,shot with
great lightness and sharpness
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (20523)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-03
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/1500 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
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- Date Submitted: 2012-05-07 7:37
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