FAVORITE TRAITS There are many things that I admire about wolves, such as their strength and their social and cooperative lifestyle. But their resemblance to dogs is their most endearing characteristic to me (I’m a dog lover). Yet wolves project independence. Close at hand, even captive ones are aloof and mysterious. If you hear them howl, it’s a singular treat.
PHOTO TIPS To get close-ups like these, you have to photograph wolves in captivity. Even so, stay far from the animals. Photograph them with a telephoto lens. This works to blur the background, emphasize the wolf in the frame and project a feeling of space and distance. Focus on the eyes, catch the wolves in action and lower your camera to the level of their heads. These animals have such expressive faces!
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Top: A lone wolf trots through the countryside. Right: Mama wolf tends to her litter of pups.