Going Inside the Fence at Wolf Park
For the last four years I have been visiting Wolf Park. It was there where I first started playing with the idea of shooting through a fence. At the time it blew my mind what you could do with the optics of a lens. Then I started getting greedy, and the through the fence shots were not cutting it for me. I wanted to go inside the fence to shoot. There was one problem. Ever since I was a small child I have not liked big dogs. Our dog at home turned on me one day, and I have shied away from them ever since. I am just not comfortable around them, and will keep my guard up all of the time. I wondered if my nervousness would put the wolves on edge. I finally signed up for the seminar, and the day came. During the presentation of wolf photography by their renowned photographer Monty Sloan I became very inspired. I wanted to make some photos of these wolves. By the time we went in the enclosure I was thinking of nothing else but getting the shot. It is amazing what I will do when my camera is involved. I have gone places that I would never had dared of going in the process of getting the shot. The wolves were fantastic, and as we left the enclosure after the final session I was a bit sad to say goodbye to them. This is a great experience that everyone should try. The wolves are very gentle with the people, and they are beautiful to photograph. The photos really start to make themselves. You just have to see the photo and make it. I have not even gone through the majority of the photos that I made yesterday yet. These that are included below were probably taken in the first twenty minutes of the first session with the wolves. I am sure over the course of the next few days you will see more and more show up.
How They Get the Wolves To Cooperate
How do they get the wolves to pose for the photographers? The answer is the same way that you get things moved when you are going from one house to another. You bribe them with food. The wolves were fed a steady diet of lunch meat and cheese throughout the photo shoots. I think that they knew what was coming when they saw our group so they started to pose before we even got into the enclosure. As you can see above some photos could be made just of the eating process.
Interacting with the Wolves at Wolf Park
The wolves really are awesome to be around. From square one Dharma came up to me and licked my face. That was when I knew that this would be a great day. Throughout the day Dharma would stop posing to take a quick break to greet a couple of the photographers. Wotan would as well, but Dharma really seemed to love the extra attention from the new people. There were a couple of times that I was photographing Wotan when I would feel a lick from Dharma on my cheek. This really is a great experience that you should try at least once if you love wildlife and photography. Heck you really don’t even need to make photos during the day to have a good time. I saw quite a few point and shoots, and even one person didn’t bring anything but a phone. They were there to experience the wolves.
Help Support Wolf Park
As usual I give my proceeds from the sale of any of my wolf photos back to Wolf Park. You can view some of my wolf images from this last trip to the park by clicking here. You can also view some of my past wolf posts by clicking here.