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Mingling in the snow



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6 Comments | Report
RogerzPhotography
 
RogerzPhotography January 09, 2018
Love this Picture. My son is obsessed with wolves, would you consider selling this?
Leahathome PRO
 
Leahathome March 07, 2018
I am wondering the same thing
Livija
 
Livija May 08, 2018
Wow 😍
KarinSC PRO
 
KarinSC May 09, 2018
This is absolutely amazing! I think it's one of my all-time favorite photos, anywhere!
gabesimages
 
gabesimages May 09, 2018
Thank you everyone! I just realized there were 15 comments here so thank you!
gwenlulua
 
gwenlulua July 22, 2018
Is it just me?
They also look like a mountain at the same time!! Absolutely love this photo!!

Behind The Lens

Location
In January of 2018, I was invited on a fam-tour of Parc Omega. It is a wildlife refuge located one-hour east of Ottawa, Ontario. The star attraction of the park is the grey wolf observation deck.
Time
I shot this in the winter time, during the middle of the day - overcast and not too cold for being Canada!
Lighting
The lighting was diffuse - overcast and cloudy. So pretty much a dream for what you want when shooting outdoors and having limited abilities to use other pieces of gear. Especially around wildlife like this, it is advised never to use flashes of any kind.
Equipment
My go-to-gear is from the Sony Alpha line. I shoot with the Alpha a7rii and the Alpha a7iii. This was shot with my a7rii and the G-Master 100-400mm native Sony lens.
Inspiration
My motto anytime I am holding my camera is "how can I imagine this scene differently." Often I have never seen images from a specific location. In this case I had been to Parc Omega in the fall with friends and was aware of how many photographers were seeing the scene and these beautiful creatures. I tried to focus on the subtle aspects of this grey wolf pack. What I love about this image was how it caught the tense moment of the hierarchy "dancing" around the Alpha male. In a situation like this, at least to me, it was immediately obvious who the Alpha was.
Editing
Yes. I always just shoot in raw and JPEG and when I came across this particular frame I decided to switch it to black and white. It just so much more striking in these tones.
In my camera bag
Well I am a pack horse! In my Lowepro Whistler 450W I pack all sorts of goodies and then lighten when necessary. My favorite body is the Sony Alpha a7rii for a whole bunch of reasons and 85% of my shots are through the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4. I love this lens and how many ways you can get creative with it! Also with me is the new a7iii, 100-400mm, 70-200mm 1.4x teleconverter, Goal Zero sherpa, and a variety of filters, cleaning-kit items and a waterproof cover. There is no reason to hide when the weather turns south!
Feedback
For those of us who will most likely not have the chance to see rare wild animals in the actual wild - honestly, take a step back and think how you can view the scene differently. Often you are limited as to the viewing areas at wildlife reserves or zoos. If you have a monster from the Sony Alpha line up, shoot wide - you can crop later and still have a massive file for printing. Shoot through the viewers for a different perspective. Zoom in and watch the nuances of the animals faces. It will blow you away how many variations of facial expressions wolves have in their faces. They are majestic creatures and hopefully this image gives viewers an idea of their majesty.

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