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Staring into your soul, the wolf lives without fear

Staring into your soul, the wolf lives without fear
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Contest Finalist in Wildlife Closeups Photo Contest
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Runner Up in Powerful Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Powerful Photo Contest
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InspiraSean
 
InspiraSean September 20, 2013
Amazing shot...the eyes almost look fractalized :P
joebaxter
 
joebaxter September 20, 2013
Amazing!!!
bernadinemurray
 
bernadinemurray September 25, 2013
I love this Shot!! Beautiful!
vdornseif
 
vdornseif October 08, 2013
Gorgeous shot... The eyes are beautiful. You have great work on here. Thanks for sharing. :)
rachelstandring
 
rachelstandring October 16, 2013
very, very, very, very, very nice shot
patrick9x9 PRO
 
patrick9x9 November 10, 2013
Gorgeous shot, congrats
Gwenrichardson
 
Gwenrichardson November 10, 2013
Very good shot
Celtic
 
Celtic November 10, 2013
this is so beautiful, i love wolves! congrats!!
RachelFlint
 
RachelFlint November 10, 2013
Simply Fabulous....Congrates! :-)
kerekesandrasphotography
 
kerekesandrasphotography November 10, 2013
Great shot!
sheriminardi
 
sheriminardi November 10, 2013
Stunning! Congratulations!
debbiescott PRO
 
debbiescott November 10, 2013
Stunning!
1Ernesto
 
1Ernesto November 10, 2013
This could very well cause a fear feeling for the viewer - thanks for sharing this is simply powerful!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 10, 2013
Fabulous closeup portrait. Congratulations.
photosue50
 
photosue50 November 10, 2013
Gorgeous
catini
 
catini November 10, 2013
Great shot, congrats on your feature!
FrankSomma PRO+
 
FrankSomma November 10, 2013
Amazing how the eyes express. Fantastic close up davey, congrats today!
debhall PRO+
 
debhall November 10, 2013
Beautiful close up! Congrats on your feature!
iceman2
 
iceman2 November 10, 2013
Beautiful shot.Congrats!
princessdi6305 PRO+
 
princessdi6305 November 10, 2013
Stunning capture!! love him...congrats!!
charlena PRO+
 
charlena November 10, 2013
Absolutely stunning shot!!!
WileKyK PRO+
 
WileKyK November 10, 2013
Amazing capture. Congratulations on a well-deserved Feature!
HappyTree PRO+
 
HappyTree November 10, 2013
Beautiful full frame shot of him!
fredapaterson
 
fredapaterson November 10, 2013
incredible detail, nice job
Pamentos
 
Pamentos November 10, 2013
Wow... up close and personal! Brilliant shot. Congrats on your feature!
djensen PRO
 
djensen November 10, 2013
An amazing capture of such a beautiful animal! Congrats on the feature!
andreasgani
 
andreasgani November 10, 2013
Stunning!!
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade November 10, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please take a look at my works
jleiweke
 
jleiweke November 10, 2013
Congrats!
nitti
 
nitti November 10, 2013
Intense! congrats
hotpixel
 
hotpixel November 10, 2013
Superb !!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates November 10, 2013
Fabulous shot! Congrats!
toxictabasco
 
toxictabasco November 10, 2013
Very nice.
shellandshilo
 
shellandshilo November 10, 2013
Those eyes reach into your mind and captures you with his beauty you can see him reading your thoughts and movement brilliant shot of a gorgeous wolf
TheChad
 
TheChad November 10, 2013
Great photo. I love the eyes. You must either have an extremely long zoom lens or a wolf friend
isstoossay PRO
 
isstoossay November 10, 2013
Well done! Gorgeous!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 November 11, 2013
Amazing close-up! Congrats on being featured!
cathymohney
 
cathymohney November 11, 2013
Awesome shot! Congratulations!
yvettebohnbotamer
 
yvettebohnbotamer November 12, 2013
This picture make me wonder what he's thinking.... great close up....
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter November 12, 2013
Great image. Congrats. - Jake
dalepausinga PRO
 
dalepausinga November 13, 2013
Love those eyes
pammiepixalot
 
pammiepixalot November 13, 2013
amazingly beautiful!!
jamesvcase
 
jamesvcase November 14, 2013
stunning, beautiful, and just an overall exceptional capture. excellent focus to
maryberg
 
maryberg November 14, 2013
Looking into the eyes - so very deep.
Wayne_Sr
 
Wayne_Sr November 16, 2013
Fantastic shot, Congratulations on your featured image..:~)
Woombaway PRO+
 
Woombaway November 22, 2013
Congrats on feature a beautiful image of one of my favourite animals
stefanozocca
 
stefanozocca December 05, 2013
Grande!
kunalbais
 
kunalbais January 06, 2014
WOW
feistyvolk PRO
 
feistyvolk January 06, 2014
This is just unreal. I love it!
WyoGalPhotography
 
WyoGalPhotography April 02, 2014
Congrats! Very much deserved! I absolutely love this photo!!
running56horses PRO+
 
running56horses April 02, 2014
Magnificent animal! Awesome shot!!
rommyrozenberg
 
rommyrozenberg April 02, 2014
Congrats with the awards. Well deserved! This i an amazing shot with honnor a masterpiece!
mikemalak
 
mikemalak April 02, 2014
Nice shot!!
Behind-the-Fire-Scene PRO+
 
Behind-the-Fire-Scene April 02, 2014
Beautiful shot
lindawilliams_5852
 
lindawilliams_5852 April 02, 2014
The beauty of this picture is beyond words!!!!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ April 03, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
byrondylanhart
 
byrondylanhart April 03, 2014
amazing shot!, those eyes are stunning!
mloiz
 
mloiz April 10, 2014
Beautiful shot!!!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta April 16, 2014
My previous comment refers. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
ArtQ
 
ArtQ April 17, 2014
Congrats on your Runner-up Award.
luna1282
 
luna1282 November 19, 2014
Wow, the wolf's eyes look like fire.
Chris2222
 
Chris2222 November 21, 2014
Outstanding quality, pin sharp focus superb details.
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne December 21, 2014
Kudos...
pattyp53 PRO
 
pattyp53 December 30, 2014
Keep up the good work, DaveyJ!
barbieisdaone
 
barbieisdaone December 30, 2014
Now, that's what I call an intense stare. Beautiful shot.
JoseV
 
JoseV December 31, 2014
Amazing eyes
BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson February 07, 2015
A stunning shot!
kodadog
 
kodadog February 16, 2015
lovely
melody333
 
melody333 March 05, 2015
Absolutely beautiful
angelarivera
 
angelarivera March 05, 2015
Wow .. This is absolutely awesome!
jan1
 
jan1 March 05, 2015
Stunning
kathleencampbell
 
kathleencampbell April 19, 2015
Wow!!! Love this
JGrubb123
 
JGrubb123 May 04, 2015
Awesome shot!!!!!!!!!
thunderlake
 
thunderlake July 30, 2015
Excellence caught such beauty
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset August 28, 2015
Golden eyes and a golden shot! Congrats! Truly beautiful ( :
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz September 07, 2015
Stunning image!!! Congratulations on being chosen a finalist.......and, good luck.:)
Elliott-Crampton
 
Elliott-Crampton March 30, 2017
Amazing shot.
pacinodeppfan1
 
pacinodeppfan1 April 14, 2017
Stunning!
pacinodeppfan1
 
pacinodeppfan1 April 14, 2017
My dog can look like that!
RachFullerPhotos
 
RachFullerPhotos April 23, 2017
This shot is amazing! Absolutely love it!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in West Yellowstone, MT at the Discovery Center. I had recently returned from a deployment overseas where a friend of mine had introduced me to photography. I was at the Discovery Center practicing with my new camera and took this image. I like to think this is the image that pushed me into pursuing photography as a career, not just as a passionate hobbyist.
Time
It was snowing and very dark for mid morning. I had taken a few images of the wolf walking towards me, but as he paused to examine me his eyes met my lens and thats when this image was captured. February 11, 2011 at 1047am.
Lighting
The day was overcast and snowing, a perfect day for winter wildlife scenes.
Equipment
Canon 7D, Tamron 200-500mm f.5.6-6.3 hand held, no IS or tripod.
Inspiration
When I was introduced to DSLRs in Iraq, I was astonished at the clarity of the images my friend was taking. He was using a Canon xs rebel. At the time I had no idea that this camera was relatively low-end when compared to the bodies I have now, but nevertheless I was in awe of the photos. We were taking images of EOD destroying IEDs and helicopters that flew in to our little base and of army life in the desert. When I returned home I bought my own camera and went to Yellowstone. I thought that if I could take cool pictures of helicopters, Ive got to be able to take one of the wolves at the center. When this photo happened, it changed my life.
Editing
I have never known how to use photoshop or any other programs. I had recently discovered Lightroom when I took this image and slightly adjusted clarity and contrast. I took shadows out of the eyes and this image is the result. Most photographers wont open up about 'mistake' images. I'll admit it right now, this was not a planned shot, it was accidental. The post process was quick, and removing the shadows from the eyes was also sort of by accident. It is the coolest wolf photo I have ever seen, and I've never seen anything like it and it happened nearly completely by accident.
In my camera bag
I need a bigger bag. The first thing to enter my bag is extra batteries and my pelican case for my memory cards. Then my 1DX and 5Dmiii find a home. I bring my 70-200 f2.8 ii IS L, 24-105 f4 L, 16-35 f2.8 L, 85mm 1.2 for every trip, no matter if Im heading to weddings or into the woods. I'll also carry a 60mm 2.8 and a 2x teleconverter, 2 600ex rt flashes with a minimum of 1 stand. All of it Canon. My tripod is a carbon fiber manfrotto, I dont remember the model # off the top of my head. The 2x is only for extreme circumstances, the quality is so much less when looking at images from even my old Tamron 200-500. I have been focusing on wedding gear lately rather than wildlife, but the next lens will be a 400mm f2.8 and then I can stop spending money on gear... ;)
Feedback
Good luck! I would love to try this again, but in the wild. There are so many factors that have to go your way, focal length, behavior of the animal, lens height compared with the animals, proximity, weather...etc. I have been within feet of wild Grizzlies and the way you react to these magnificent animals will play greatly into how they react to you. Wolves are just as unnerving because theres usually more than one around.

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