Randy Dykstra  

Solitary Wolf by Randy Dykstra

November 2021 - Solitary Wolf

November 2021 - Randy Dykstra


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This is the first wolf I have seen and been able to photograph in the Grand Tetons in the more than 5 years of guiding there. He was lone and amazingly calm within 100 yards of the road. This was taken this last Sept with my D850 and 600mm f/4D lens 1/640 and f/5.6 and auto ISO which ended up at 280.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
4 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Randy, interesting that you selected to crop the wolf and leave plenty of empty space in front of him, placing his head right in the middle. To me, I would have selected a tighter crop in portrait fashion. Image is sharp, and the PP brought out nice details and colors.   Posted: 11/03/2021 17:13:46
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Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Gosh Randy, your pp really brought out the interesting colours of the vegetation as well as much fur detail of your wolf. This eyes are amazing. A closer crop as Isaac offers works as there remains background interest. I prefer your wider view, but good to have choices.   Posted: 11/16/2021 11:37:54

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hey Randy, I have never seen a wolf in Teton NP, in fact last winter was the first time I saw wolves in Yellowstone. I have been there many times, in fact when I was 23, I drove a produce truck all the way from Idaho Falls through the Yellowstone and back three days a week. I did see a pack of 12 last winter but the kill was nearly gone and light was not good for photography. I would choose the tighter crop from Isaac, because it eliminates some of the distracting out of focus weeds. Bruce   Posted: 11/17/2021 18:59:07

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Randy, What a lovely image of this lone wolf. I love the way you caught the light on its fur, and how you brought out the details in post processing. I find both your crop and Isaac's crop to be effective. I'm drawn to portraits of animals, so I am leaning towards the square crop.   Posted: 11/17/2021 19:53:43