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Scott Stoness
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


This morning I woke to an alarm that indicated the aurora borealis was out. So I looked out my window and I could see the stars, which caused me to jump in the truck and go looking.

The 4:30 evening shooting was disappointing - not much color.

Then I went driving looking for landscapes but the light was disappointing.

As I took a desperate shot, I saw something move in my picture - it was a wolf. So I took pictures of the wolf pack for a while, and then lost sight of them.

I got in my truck and drove down the road to try to catch them. I knew they were traveling south and there was an opening in the trees a 1/4 mile away. I saw them again and followed them for a while, standing on the side of the road peering through the trees as they hung out and howled and moving to see them through the branches, until they one by one headed in the bush close to me and then started to cross the road.

As he crossed the road, one of the wolves (the alpha male) looked at me and then approached closer and closer, each time he came forward 20' I would put my lens down he would stop but then when I took pictures he would close another 20', until he was 50' away chickened out [I did not want my $11000 lens left out for him to knock down and I did not want to late to late so I had to confront him and I had this nagging worry about where the other wolves had disappeared to - I felt like an Elk] and got in the truck and proceeded to shoot with my 5diii and 70-200 through the open window. The wolf was either coming to eat me or was confused about my tripod. Scary to think if I did not have my car.

Then the wolf went away and the wolves started howling around me. To the east a couple, then to the west, then to the South. They had managed in a short time to surround me. I recorded the sound with my 7d for a while and then went home for breakfast.

It was an great morning.

I hike in this area a lot - from now on, I will be putting my wolf spray on my belt first.

Comments and feedback is appreciated. Scott

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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/250s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens    195mm    f/2.8    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens    135mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






4 of 12 with my Tripod Leg in the foreground

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens    78mm    f/2.8    1/500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Apr 15, 2013 at 04:10 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


The last one is scary! Superb shots


Apr 15, 2013 at 04:12 AM
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  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 15, 2013 at 04:13 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


Waaaay too close for my taste...but excellent captures!! 3 for me.


Apr 15, 2013 at 04:14 AM
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  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    320 ISO    0.0 EV  






11 of 12 - Hey that Chubby guy looks Yummy

  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 7D    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    840mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 15, 2013 at 04:16 AM
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sritri wrote:
The last one is scary! Superb shots


Sritri: It is not often that I chicken out and get in my truck but he kept on approaching and looking and approaching again... it felt like I was being stalked. I think the tripod confused me for a wolf. I am going to carry my bear spray from now on - even in the winter. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



Apr 15, 2013 at 04:19 AM
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jasonpatrick wrote:
Waaaay too close for my taste...but excellent captures!! 3 for me.


Now I know how the moose feels when the pack is all around him. Scary. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



Apr 15, 2013 at 04:22 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


Those are some very cool pictures! Great work.


Apr 15, 2013 at 05:13 AM
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WOW WOW WOW This must have been a rush . Great shots absolutely wonderful . Wish I was there. Great job. Ed


Apr 15, 2013 at 05:14 AM
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dhb820: Glad you like my wolf models. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


Ed Robertson:: It was a rush - glad you like the pictures. It was fantastic. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


Beauties, Scott. Much better than the aurora borealis.

Most the 7D shots would benefit from some NR.

Tony



Apr 15, 2013 at 05:30 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


Whoa...super shots. #3 tells the story. I could feel the rush.


Apr 15, 2013 at 05:37 AM
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Imagemaster: Wolves are a rarer find than aurora borealis for me - so I agree. I am not at home to have access to my noise processing software, but in looking at the pictures - I agree. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated. Scott


Apr 15, 2013 at 05:37 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


Excellent encounter


Apr 15, 2013 at 05:42 AM
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These are all beauties, what a great (and a little scary) expirence. Numbers 5, 7 & 11 all cought my eye but really I love the all! Thanks for sharing.

Randy



Apr 15, 2013 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


3, 8, 11 & 12 are amazing!! It must have been so thrilling to be so close!! I'd love to get a chance to see them this close - you're so lucky! Great shots! 4 is a really good shot too, just needs the tripod leg cloned out.


Apr 15, 2013 at 06:16 AM
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incredible experience scott...they are beautiful photos of curious predators, and the storyline is great, having them howl amidst you. bill


Apr 15, 2013 at 06:27 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


very nice Scott.. he must have been close


Apr 15, 2013 at 08:55 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


WOW ,Very cool shots, like #11 but all are great
Paul



Apr 15, 2013 at 09:48 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Wolves - On Kootenay Highway


I really like #11 ,looks like he is saying diner time for me! :-P


Apr 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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