What a great trip to the Anglian Wolf Society today. I loved the opportunity to see these animals close up and to get to know thier characters a little. It was a lovely experience to be able to take such close up photos of them too.
I think this little expedition improved my animal portraiture skills. We were forced to shoot close-in to the animals so that the backgrounds were controlled. This did restrict the wider compositional opportunities. However, the chance to get right into the shot allowed me to capture some really intimate moments. Working that close I felt that the day to day drama of their lives came out in the shots. It was also quite facinating to see their faces. Seeing the expressions and interplay between the animals really enlightened me. I already knew a little about the very intense and rule-governed social lives of wolves. I did not realise what that meant until today. You really could see the dominance and relationships coming out in thier behaviour. As Caroline, our guide, made plain at the start – what you see with wolves is what you get! Capturing these characteristics of the animals is what animal portraiture is all about.
We were lucky with the weather too. Nice even light and the rain held off. A little sun would have been nice. However, I really got some great shots without that. I was concentrating too hard on the shots to notice the weather much. I know a lot of the group felt the cold quite badly. However, everyone seemed to have got stuck in and really worked at the shots. Judging from what people have said to me today I think that most people found it a great experience.
Everyone was great company. Our guide made a point of saying what a lovely group we were. Thank you to everyone for making it a really friendly event. Thanks to the staff at the site too. They made us feel welcome and provided lots of interesting information.
It would be nice to hear the thoughts of others. So feel free to let us know what was good for you on the trip today. Please leave a comment here for others to read and think about.