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An Old Friend

An Old Friend
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Copyright: Wolf Power (Wolfpower) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 3 N: 334] (1075)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-17
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great Portraits, CeltickRanger's favorite Wolf photos, Loot's Favourites 1, bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-20 12:17
Viewed: 8924
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Arctic Wolf

I took this photo of my old friend recently.It made me reflect on old friendships and the environment.Whether you believe in man made global warming or the return of the ice age it brought to mind a poem.

Fire and Ice
by Robert Frost.(circa 1923)

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-20 12:27]

Hi dear Wolf,
A lovely portrait of this arctic wolf. I liked the expression you captured a lot, looks very familiar :o) POV, composition and exposure control are very good. Well done
All the best,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-20 12:31]

Hi Wolf,

An exquisite portrait of this Arctic Wolf. And a passage from a poem by one of my favorite poets. The eyes have it - they are magnificent - as though he is deep in thought. Fine details of the face and coat with the wonderful shades of white. Looks marvelous against the dark background.


Hello Wolf
This is a fine portrait of an Arctic Wolf.
Super details on this wild capture all set against a really great BG.
Best Regards

Hi Wolfgang,
this is a mighty fine debut image to have uploaded to TrekNature,mighty fine indeed.The exposure is right on the money and the details are finely focused.An excellent portrait shot of a noble animal reminiscent of another,now former member of TN named Rob Fry (arfer) whose photos I miss very much.Welcome to TrekNature and thanks for sharing this beautiful wolf with us. Bob

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-20 13:16]

Hello Wolfgang,

Very beautiful portrait of this Arctic Wolf. Like Bob, your picture makes me think to the ones of Rob (Arfer). Excellent sharpness. Very beautiful expression in the eyes of this wolf. Great light and natural colours.

I always love these..nothing changes...welcome aboard sir....and personally I am glad to see this amazing animal agqain...he looks wiser now;-)

Hello mister Wolfgang,
I think I never saw this one before:-).
It isn't a copy and paste:-)
How much for that doggie in the Windows?

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-09-20 14:13]

Hi Wolf and nice to meet you :)

I guess with such a name, this fits perfect as a first photo :) Touche!
Seriously now, this is a lovely portrait and an excellent beginning for your gallery here.
The tight close-up shows us this beautiful arctic wolf, with excellent details and a great attention given to the exposure (retaining the finest details even from the brightest parts).
Very good composition and spot-on DOF, too, with a nice note and poem to complete this delightful presentation.

Bravo and thanks for sharing

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-09-20 14:28]

Hi Wolf,

Great shot of the Artic Wolf, nicely captured pose, the eyes are wonderful.
Fine detail on the lovely soft fur and perfectly exposed.

Look forward to seeing more of your Wolves and maybe a few cute Deer too ;o)


Hello Wolfgang

A really superb portrait here, his gaze is intent and sharp, his body language is very alert and all this you have captured perfectly. Good sharp detail a well balanced shot with excellent white balance.

TFS regards Helen

Hey this looks familiar. I have missed visits by lovely Canadian Arctic wolves. This is a super portrait. Thanks for sharing it and WELCOME to TN! : )


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-09-20 15:57]

Stunning portrait, great colors and perfect composition..
Very well done and welcome to TN


First I thought it was a pet dog, but when I read your note, I was touched by it, Wolf. Robert Frost's poem goes well in it.
An Arctic Wolf is a handsome creature and your portrait of it is very attractive.
The image is also technically perfect.
Welcome to TN and looking forward to seeing your forthcoming pictures.

Hi "Wolf"
I am glad to see you back on TN. I miss the wolfs and other great shots from you. Beautiful sharp portrait, with great OOF background and perfect exposure on white

Hi Wolf,
A nice capture of this beautiful Arctic Wolf. Very good portrait work with sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

great shot! very nice contrast between wolf and backround. Very nice sharpness and focus.
It's a great profil of a beautiful wolf!

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-21 6:55]

Very nice portrait. Good composition and lighting. I hope we are going to see more. Gary

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-21 21:04]

Hello Wolf my Friend,
Great to see a wolf image for your premier image. Outstanding camera work with outstanding results. Welcome Home to TrekNature.

Hi Wolf, this one remmber me my beloved friend Rob (arfer) that deleted his gallery:(
Superb portrait of splendid wolf, perfect focus and lovly blurry BG, a great welcome on TN, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-22 14:48]

Hhhmmmm I've seen this photo before, Wolf! :-)))
Very good shot and one that has been missed.
Excellent detail and clarity.
Superb DOF.

Very good work my friend!

All the best,

hello Wolf

i was missing this kind of shots you'r welcome to TN,

superb portrait shot of the Arctic Wolf , with fine POV and framing,
lovely expression on the wolf's eyes and glance,
he has beautiful eyes, the sharpness and details of the fur
are excellent with beautiful luminosity, TFS


Hi Wolf,
Lovely portrait and compositon of this arctic wolf, Excellent POV. and details, lovley pose and well presented with great colors and sharpness..
Very well done.

Hey Wolf,

A warm welcome to T.N, and one very nice image to start off with, what a stunning shot of this Arctic Wolf, superb detail in the fur, perfect exposure, love the tight crop, look forward to seeing more, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-23 23:40]
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Hi Wolfman

Suddenly a very BIG void has been filled again here on TrekNature. This wolf passed via my visual senses and stepped right (back) into my heart. The presentation "reminds me of a dear friend" I once had the privilege and pleasure to know on this site ;o). But wait, look again, mmmm, that can't be, yes it can, no it's not, yes it is, oh me goose bumps, why not? Aaaah, what a pleasure to be reintroduced to 2 old friends. WELCOME to the site and three cheers for a prosperous, prolonged and enjoyable stay.

I just love the pensive expression of this wolf. It almost seems as if it is reminiscing of days gone past and remembering the good times. At the same time it also might remember lessons learned, where to feed on the good stuff, which areas to avoid for the threat of lurking dangers like "tigers and mamba snakes" (chuckle). Then again it might also look like the wolf may be anticipating (with high hopes) better days once again.

The photographer's expert knowledge of the subject clearly shows in the final image. The composition is excellent; cutting the animal's neck at the right measure and with superb spacing in the cropping that befits this portrait. The sharp detail is a WOW, the exposure on the white fur is another WOW as that ensured perfect contrasts and outstanding lighting of the subject. Finally, that expressive eyes says it all. Pure magic.

Well done MF and TFS.

hello wolf,
this capture is special to me as it reminds me of my very dear friend rob fry who used to post great shots like this.
regarding the image, its a fine portrait, prefectly exposed, well composed, excellent dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

Fire & Ice? Fryer & Fries!

So many things race thru a Cockney mind!
And in the end it comes down to how you fried them fries.

The arctic wolf is by and large still on a "clean" diet, shown here
in this quiet portrait. The wolf appears to be "at peace", but fully alert. Nice moment to capture in a portrait of this oft maligned creature.

Well presented and thanx "Wolf-pow-pow-er".

Hello Wolf,
Welcome you to this big family with a big hug!
Excellent portrait of this beautiful arctic wolf in good closeness! the darker bag makes it so outstanding in the good pose in the image!
great job
many thanks for the sharing and been missing you!

Hi Wolf... :)
Nice to see you again! This is such a wonderful animal that yo captured in all his splendor with perfect exposure, composition, details and natural color. I love those animals and I wish I have to chance to see them one day. Greetings,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-09-25 21:15]

Hello Deer Wolfie, I had not seen you in a while... isn't it strange how strong feelings can be, and the love of your pictures passed right through my heart when I saw this beautiful animal. No need to introduce yourself, wolves and deers and many others will follow in a path for you to open. Hé hé!


Bonjour Wolf
superbe ce loup arctique toute son attention est porté en avant de lui superbe cliché.

Ciao Wolf,
splendido ritratto di lupo artico, eccellenti POV e composizione che coglie lo sguardo intenso, eccellente nitidezza, molto belli i colori e il contrasto con BG scuro.

Hi Wolf, firstly thanks a lot for your kind and also significantly words which you wrote my "good-bye" posting. On your shot, it is superbly captured with great clarity and also lovely shot of this cute fellow. His facial expresion also great. TFS this fine image my friend! All the best!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-10-09 1:11]

Hello Wolf,
this is a real nice shot of the wolf.
superbs clarity of white against the dark Bg.
Well composed in tight cropping to focus on details.
Brilliant shot.


Well done, like the DOF and POV. The expression on the wolf's eyes is excellent.


Hi Wolf,

A nice close-up image of the artic wolf, the details and colors of the wolf are clear and precise. The subject is well frame. the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice dau.


WOW! I want to know more about your work with these amazing creatures. I watched a show on tv last night about a man, Shaun Ellis, who literally integrates himself into the pack. Amazing but scary. I think I'd choose a pack of wild bunnies personally.
Anyway, this photo is amazing. There is calm and strength on your friend's face. The photo is wonderful technically and moving on another level. Thank you.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-25 8:22]

Hello Wolf,
What an amazing portrait. The sharpness and details are great. Wonderful contrasting colours against the dark BG. Nice expression on the face. POV and composition are excellent.

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