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Old Nov 23, 2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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Collared Wolf 755M, August 2011.
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We were scoping for wolves from the side of the road where we had parked when 755 appeared out of the sage. We were at some distance, and of course, did not move closer. But luckily, he paused and looked west toward us, which allowed me to focus on his head and use the 2s timer.
I do wonder if I should have used a different focus area setting. Suggestions and crit would be much appreciated.

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Old Nov 24, 2011, 6:27 AM   #2
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Beautiful!!
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Old Nov 24, 2011, 12:26 PM   #3
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I think it turned out very nice. Shots at that distance a very difficult. I might have tried spot focus. Did you use a tripod?

I would be happy just to get a chance at a shot like this.

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I think it's a very nice shot. Question; how do you know the wolf's number? Not that I'd ever be in position to see one wearing a collar!
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Old Nov 24, 2011, 2:21 PM   #5
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Thank you, jj. I did use a tripod, and because the wolf was very cautious about crossing the road, he really paused long enough for me to set the 2sec timer and takes my hands off the camera. Just lucky.

Carol, thank you. My wife and I go to Yellowstone often (as often as possible) and even though I'm not good with wolf ID numbers, there were knowledgeable spotters who we overheard, talking about 755 being in the area. (754 was around, too, but he is lighter and has a limp and is not collared.) At many area businesses you can get a chart which summarizes pack numbers and territories. I see you're in Montana; have you been down to Yellowstone with your camera equipment?

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Nice shot

The only advice I can offer is, did you turn off image stabilizer in the menu? People say you get better image quality when the camera is mounted on a tripod (or held rock solid). You already know the 2 second timer trick to make sure the camera is not moving when the shutter fires.
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Wow nice shot - the colour combo of the wolf and background is super.
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Square one,
Thank you for the tip. It's definitely something I'll remember next time.
Thank you, DyaneG. I really like my FZ40.
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I dont think I would have risked waiting for the timer, since I usually shoot programme the camera would be set on that, ready to bang off half a dozen shots. You got a good result though.
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Considering your distance, I think you did a fabulous job. What a majestic looking creature.
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