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Canis Lupus

Canis Lupus
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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-21
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Coyotes, Dingo's, & Wolves 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-20 11:54
Viewed: 4725
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken with a analoque camara and later scanned.
I did some Photoshop work on it as level adjustments, USM and for the first time I used Neat Image.
This picture was taken in the Zoo of Innsbruck from an other point of view than my earlier post of this wolf.

The Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) is a mammal in the order Carnivora. The Gray Wolf shares a common ancestry with the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), as evidenced by DNA sequencing and genetic drift studies. Gray wolves were once abundant and distributed over much of North America, Eurasia, and the Middle East. Today, for a variety of human-related reasons including widespread habitat destruction and excessive hunting, wolves inhabit only a very limited portion of their former range. Though listed as a species of least concern for extinction worldwide, for some regions including the Continental United States, the species is listed as endangered or threatened.
Wolf weight and size can vary greatly worldwide, though both tend to increase proportionally with higher latitudes. Generally speaking, height varies from 0.6–0.8 meters (26–32 inches) at the shoulder, and weight can range anywhere from 23–59 kilograms (50–130 pounds), making wolves the largest among all wild canids.[Although rarely encountered, extreme specimens reaching over 77 kg (170 lb) have been recorded in Alaska and Canada, and the heaviest wolf on record, which was killed in Alaska in 1939, weighed 80 kg (175 lb). The smallest wolves come from the Arabian Wolf subspecies, the females of which may weigh as little as 10 kg (22 lb) at maturity. Females in a given population typically weigh about 20% less than their male counterparts. Wolves can measure anywhere from 1.3–2 meters (4.5–6.5 feet) from nose to tail tip, with the tail itself accounting for approximately one quarter of overall body length.

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Hallo Paula.
Very nice taken shot. Scanner doesn't damage its quality. Timing is the best. I like its expression. Drinking water but looks very careful and angry. Tahnks for sharing.

The smiley is for the composition which I like very much.
A bit soft in sharpness and detail at some places probably due to scanning workflow...
Once again...the compo is a gem!

bravo, tres bonne prise tout est bien, ls couleurs , la position de l' anilmal et les détails
bravo, merci

hi Paula

splendid composition a catch of sight very beautiful good clearness and good returned details cheer


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-20 14:28]

Hi Paula.
Very nice presentation of this my favorite animal. I like you close-up, its cropping and captured moment. Sharpness of the image, details of the wolf, natural colors and excellent lighting make your picture very realistic. My compliments and best regards.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-20 14:58]

Hermoso punto de vista para captar tan oportuno momento Paula con apropiada iluminación, foco y encuadre.
El post procesado ha permitido recuperar gran parte de la calidad original de la imagen.
Buen trabajo... gracias por compartirlo.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Beautiful point of view to capture so opportune moment Paula with appropriate illumination, focus and framing.
The post processed has allowed to recover great part of the original quality of the image.
Good job... thank you for sharing.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hi Paula,
excellent composition and animal expresion,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-20 17:39]

Hello Paula,
This wolf is watching you very close.
The composition is fantastic, the colors and detail are soft probably due to the scan.

bonjour paula
j'aime bien la façon dont le loup regarde vers l'objectif.
la netteté est bonne sur lea tête mais je trouve le reste legerement voilé.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-21 3:44]

Hi Paula,
Looking the great quality of the scanned image, the original must be really good. Beautiful composition, pose, light and notes.
José M.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-21 11:48]

Hi Paula

Looks great especially considering it is a scanned image. Lovely timing, nice POV and good details.



Bonjour Paula
Quelle belle image de ce coyote qui semble très relax en s'abreuvant sans ce ruisseau. Les couleurs sont naturels et les détails de toutes beautés et le bg est joli.
Félicitations encore une fois et merci....JP

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-22 11:54]

Hola Paula. Me agrada tu foto de este hermoso Coyote. Aqui en mi pais tenemos muchos de ellos, sin embargo varian un poco en tamaño y el color de su piel. Saludos Luis52.

Ha Paula,

Prachtig shot van deze wolf
mooi moment en goed oogcontact
compo, details, kleur, POV en DOF zijn perfect
heb je de foto of het negatief gescaned?

TFS Thijs

Hello Paula,
And the result is spectacular! I'm so glad that you used those tools, look at this picture, it is beautiful! Details, colors, POV and composition are great and he's looking at you! You must be proud of this one! Well done!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-11 18:49]

Hello Paula

Wolves are very beautiful animals.You have captured it well.You have managed to get that guarded moment when it laps up the water but must maintain attention to it's surroundings.Very well composed with good POV.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-13 14:54]

Hi Paula,
very nice shot, the POV is excellent I would not have guessed that was taken at the zoo. Looks like the wolf is out in nature. Very well comosed, crop colors and presentation are very good.

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