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Out in the western part of New Jersey by the Delaware Water Gap is a wolf preserve named Lakota. The wolves are all captive here, and are enclosed in double chain link fencing. The privately owned preserve offers wolf watch tours, but it also offers a more intimate tour for photography. The two hour photo tour allows for numerous photo/video ops with the different individuals in three different packs. There are British Columbia, Arctic and Timber wolves here. They also have bobcats and foxes, but they are not shown in the photo tour. After rescheduling the advanced date tour once because of rain, I decided to go for it anyhow on a rescheduled drizzly day as their full coat season is ending soon. I carried my tripod/wimberley around just to attach an umbrella too, which I used to mount the gear to as well. Unfortunately as we moved to different portals to shoot from and to different pack's fencing, I had to fold up the umbrella which would get my gear wet anyways. My other challenge was that the open umbrella would keep my lens a few feet from the portal opening, so if i was following an animal as it approached I eventually would be shooting through the chain link fence rather than the opening, which is covered by the chain link fencing cut in rectangular 1' x 3' sizes or 12 inch round or square when closed. I constantly was drying off my gear, but the trip was well worth it and I will certainly go again. I will try for snow next time. Unfortunately, when it snowed this year, the snow never stayed on the ground long enough to get them in it at least for me. The wolves are literally inches away through the fence. All shots were with the 1dx2 and 70-200 f2.8 II. I brought a 300 f2.8 but never had use for it. Considering the various challenges during this shoot, I felt I fared very well. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking the shots.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens 100mm f/3.5 1/250s 1600 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens 200mm f/3.2 1/320s 1600 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens 180mm f/3.2 1/200s 1600 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens 120mm f/3.5 1/640s 1600 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens 105mm f/3.2 1/400s 1600 ISO 0.0 EV
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