Photographing Wotan at Wolf Park
So far over the last couple of days I have just shared photos that I made of Dharma at Wolf Park. While I was inside of the enclosure I was able to photograph two wolves. Of course I enjoyed photographing Dharma, but Wotan was also fun to photograph. He was not as friendly with the photographers as Dharma was, but he did give me several shots that I really like. The photo above was made as I was making some images of Dharma in a cottonwood tree. Wotan was kind of forgotten, and off in the willows. As he came around them I made this image. I was not prepared to make any images of Wotan at the time, but I kept him in my peripheral vision. Sometimes it is the shot that you just pan over to see that is the one that you like the most. Maybe part of this comes from covering sports where you are always looking around for a shot. Wotan was not sure if he was going to come back over by us, and he was kind of stalking his way over. Up against the white background Wotan looked amazing. This is one time when you have to be in a manual exposure. Any kind of auto exposure would have made a very underexposed image here. Thankfully the snow came around at the right time to make a nice background.
Photographing the Wolves With the Canon 7D Mark II
When Canon first announced the Canon 7D Mark II they talked about how great it was for wildlife. For the most part the only wildlife that I have photographed with it have been birds up to this point. I had a plan heading to the park, but after listening to Monty Sloan one of the best wolf photographers in the world I changed my mind before going into the enclosure. I mounted my 70-200mm lens onto my Canon 7D Mark II. I then put the 24-70mm lens onto my Canon 5D Mark III as a grab camera for shots around me. The Canon 7D Mark II really was up to the task. It gave me a little extra reach with my lens, but it also was great to grab a nice shot of the wolves. I don’t ever really condone motor driving, but when a wolf blinks as much as they do a little motor drive helps make sure that you have one shot with the eyes open. The ten frames per second came in handy a couple of times to help capture a moment. I still think that you need timing over fps, but sometimes it is nice to use both.