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Grey Wolves for Bobair

Grey Wolves for Bobair
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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: 2007-02-19
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Wolf photos, Open Up....II, bobair's favorites beyond the alloted amount. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-11 17:11
Viewed: 9159
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Going for the Jugular...not really.
Dedicated to the Fox man Bobair.

When these wolves play fight the growling,and snarling can sound ferocious.The snapping of jaws and gnashing of teeth is common place.The scene can look very frightening but when all is said and done,the wolves actually look like they enjoy all the excitement.This wolf is playing submissive and showing it's throat to the other,the ultimate submissive gesture.The look on it's face shows it is quite happy to be there.
Wolves are territorial. Each pack occupies an area that it will defend against intruders. Sizes of territories vary greatly and are dependent on the kind and abundance of prey available. When neighbouring packs trespass into each other’s territories, fights often ensue that frequently result in the death of pack members. Subordinate wolves in the hierarchy are often forced out of the packs. When this happens, the lone wolves may find mates, then search for unoccupied areas where they can establish new packs.
The wolves’ habit of hunting in packs has resulted in the development of complex patterns of social behaviour. Wolves are social animals: they not only hunt in packs or groups but live most of their lives with other wolves. Studies in Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan (Isle Royale), and parts of Canada (Algonquin Provincial Park and Jasper, Banff, and Wood Buffalo national parks) show that a family made up of male, female, and pups is the basic pack unit. Other adults are pups of previous years or, more rarely, adults from other packs. Adolescent wolves have been learning to hunt for at least a year, so can probably hunt big game animals, wolves’ usual prey, with the rest of the pack.
Studies of wolf packs in captivity show a highly organized social structure centring on a dominant male and a dominant female. A dominant wolf holds its tail high, stands stiff-legged, and bristles its mane. In its presence, a subservient animal cowers on the ground with its ears back or stands with its tail between its legs, maintaining a slinking posture.
The pack bond is strongest during winter, when the wolves travel and hunt together. In summer, when the pups are young, the adults seldom go on long forays. They may hunt together occasionally after meeting at the den or home site where the pups are being cared for.

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hello Wolf

photo shot « dans le feu de l'action », WOW ! i love that
eye-contact of one of them with you, superb focus,
beautiful light on them, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


This is a good illustrative photo for the note. I like the way the one is as interested in you as in his "Playmate". I like all the sharp hair detail.

Evelynn ; )

Hi Wolf,
well thank you very much,I'm honored and humbled.I have seen wolves many times and as luck has had it,never with a camera on my person.They, like my foxy friends like to play roughly and nip at one another as well.It is always fun to see how our wild canines interact with one another,the fights, the nose to nose greetings and the merry looking chases they do when one has the mouse or rabbit and the others want it.What I like best is beyond the beauty of them is the fact they are free,intelligent and resourceful denizens of our natural world and can adapt to our being around them fairly easily.Foxes,wolves and coyotes for me embody the freedom of life as do the great raptors we have here in Canada.This photo is a gem with great colour and sharp details and the close in head to head point of view shows they really like what they are doing.Thanks for this fine action shot of these two just having good old fun and in the snow none the less. Bob

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-11 17:37]

Hi Wolf,

Am I wrong or is the submissive one mugging for the camera? Wonderful shot of the two at play - your timing was perfect. I love the look on the one's face and he seems to be happy playing his role. The textures, colors and details of the coats are marvelous. Fantastic composition and a beautiful picture.


Hi Wolf, great capture of these playing game wolfs:) Lovely... and great timely shot. Superb in all around my friend.
TFS and cheers,

A rare capture of the daily play....reminds me once more again of my dog, although Tuey did try to bite Jane once a few years ago when she attempted to give it more food and Tuey thought she was taking it aware I think...Tuey felt bad...These kinds of animal have an almost human quality...and your image shows it very well...

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-11 19:07]

Hello Wolf,
Great sharpness throughout this awesome image. Someone sure likes to be dominated and is very trusting. Great work wolf.

What a great closeness on this beautiful shot on the Wolves! a happy face that looking at your camera with smiling!! and the light is so perfect on the good spot!
many thanks for the sharing
take care

Hi Wolf,

Well talk about putting on a show the the camera, what a brillient shot and to cap it all it looks like he's cracking a smile for the camera, the detail is just superb, wonderful light just a super shot, love it, Cheers Rick :)

Hello Wolf, great photo of these lovely wolfs in great sharpness and details. Beautiful colours. Very good POV and composition.
Regards, Deniz

Ciao Wolf,
spettacolare primo piano di questi Lupi che giocano, catturati con un'ottima definizione in una composizione dallo straordinario impatto visivo, in cui un Lupo sembra sorridere in posa per il fotografo, splendidi i contrasti di luce.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-11 23:18]

Hi Wolf

A lovely shot - great action from an amazing pov. The detail is wonderful throughout.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-12 0:35]

Hi Wolf

A very action shot here!
For a moment there i actually thought this was a fight scene...they i looked closer and saw the very relaxed look of this lower one. He's looking at you as if nothing would be going on...almost smiling, actually :)
Great timing here and excellent presentation.
The details on both of them are great while the exposure (although quite difficult with that bright patch) is very well managed.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Wolf,

Excellent shot of this pair of wolves and an excellent timing. Beautiful composition. Excellent sharpness. Great eye contact. Excellent light illuminating the action. Excellent natural colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-12 10:23]

Hello Wolf,
Very beautiful action photo in wonderful clear and natural colours. The look in the lens of the camera is amazing. Excellent sharpness and a great composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-12 10:44]

Hello Wolf

This is a beautiful capture of these wolfs.
The focus and sharpness are very good.
Excellent colours and details.
The shot is well composed .
Best regards Siggi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-12 15:17]

Hola Wolf,
beautiful portrait
nice shot and pov ...
fine details and good focus.

Oh wonderful wonderful shot!! There is a playfulness and personal nature to this photo. Love it! Great closeness!

I need to go back and read your profile to find out about you and these wolves...how do you get so close? Do you work with them? Live with them? I'm fascinated.

Hi Wolf,

The point of view is showing well the action between the wolves. The details are clear and precise. The subject is well frame. The colors are enhanced by the good light. have a nice day.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-14 13:44]

Hi Rob,
a lovely shot of these playing Wolves :-)
Very good sharpness.
Excellent composition.
Great action.

Well done,

nice pic, TFS Ori

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-08 15:51]

Hello Wolf !
What a cute picture of wolf games, and yes, he does look happy to be where he is and to be doing what he is doing - looks almost like he's smiling ! :-) You managed to capture this lovely moment with great talent - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, everything is excellent. Very well done !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-17 18:24]

Hi Wolf,
a very interesting shot. Looks so pleasant and render a good shot in clarity and sharpness. The feelings and mood is felt and your composition is great.
so near and so real, the eyes are lovely.


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