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Omega wolf

Omega wolf
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital), No Filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals' Behavior, part two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-11 7:31
Viewed: 4883
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The grey wolf
Le loup
Canis lupus

The wolf on the right in the omega wolf (even thought he's larger). He helds his left hind leg up because of an injury while being pested before.

In popular literature, wolf packs are often portrayed as strictly hierarchical social structures with a breeding "alpha" pair which climbs the social ladder through fighting, followed by subordinate "beta" wolves and a low ranking "omega" which bears the brunt of the pack's aggression.
This terminology is based heavily on the behaviour of captive wolf packs composed of unrelated animals, which will fight and compete against each other for status. Also, as dispersal is impossible in captive situations, fights become more frequent than in natural settings.

Grey wolves have very dense and fluffy winter fur and molt some of their coats in late spring or early summer. That is why hairs are so short on this pic. In warm climates, the fur is coarser and scarcer than in northern ones.

PP work:
Crop: about 10% removed
Some levels.

Thanks for looking,

Camera Model Canon EOS 50D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.0.7
Shooting Date/Time 21/07/2010 16:04:59
Shooting Mode Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/1000
Av( Aperture Value ) 2.8
Metering Mode Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 1600
Auto ISO Speed ON
Lens EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length 200.0mm
Image Size 4752x3168
Image Quality RAW
Flash Off
FE lock OFF
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode One-Shot AF
Picture Style User Defined 1(Standard)
Sharpness 3
Contrast 0
Saturation 0
Color tone 0
Color Space sRGB
Long exposure noise reduction 0:Off
High ISO speed noise reduction 0:Standard
Highlight tone priority 0:Disable
Auto Lighting Optimizer 0:Standard
Peripheral illumination correction Disable
File Size 22653KB
Dust Delete Data No
Drive Mode Low-speed continuous shooting
Live View Shooting OFF


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Bon Soir JeanMarie,
Thank you very much for this interesting photo - which of course would not have been possible to show - outside some Nature Park.

You shot a very intense moment in this confrontation with excellent focus and depth of field! I can even see spittle flying from the mouth of the animal on the left...

TrekNature is really wonderful for us members, allowing us to see such an important reportage.

Thanks again,
Bonne soiree,
Greetings from South Africa

Hi Jean,
Thank you very much for you help regarding the bubbles. A very nice action capture of these wolves in fight. Very well timed. Good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Jean Marie,
Interesting action, fight for improving the rank ?!
I like the close crop, drawing the attention of the viewer to the fight., and I add your work to my theme "Animals' Behaviour, part two"

Even in Africa, the fur evolves within a short period: we used to live outside Johannesburg, where the winters a very cold; the stray kitten, which we had adopted grew thick fur like a Persian cat.

When we moved into the Bush in the Eastern Lowveld, over the years the cat lost all the thick hair and grew a new thin coat. He was 1/3 of the previous size matching the climate of 40 C.

Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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