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Arctic Wolves
About a mile out of Dalton in Furness in Cumbria is the Lake Districts only Zoological Park which is recognised as one of Europe's leading conservation zoos. 17 acres are home to the rarest animals on earth who are participants in co-ordinated breeding programmes to save them from extinction in the wild. The park was established by David Gill in 1994, & has grown in size since, & will soon be three times its size, with new animal enclosures being built. I can certainly recommended anyone who hasn't been to go there on a visit, as they have Two Jaguars Two Sri Lankan Lepoard's, a Sumatran Tiger, Two Snow Leopards, Lions, The Arctic Wolves are just new & they have recently bought a Zebra which they didn't have on show yet.
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Album name:Helen / Helen/ Helen's Album
Camera:Nikon D700
Editing Performed:shadow/highlight, brightness contrast, usm. Cloned long grass from underneath the wolves, & cropped.
File Size:838 KB
Date added:Aug 18, 2014
Dimensions:2000 x 1444 pixels
Displayed:32 times
Color Space:sRGB
Components Configuration:YCbCr
Compressed Bits Per Pixel:4
Customer Render:0
Date Time:2014:08:18 23:11:49
DateTime Original:2014:08:14 16:53:44
DateTime digitized:2014:08:14 16:53:44
Digital Zoom Ratio:1
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Exposure Bias:0 EV
Exposure Mode:0
Exposure Program:Aperature Priority
Exposure Time:1/1600 sec
FNumber:f 7.1
File Source:Digital Still Camera
Flash:No Flash
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Focal length:135 mm
Gain Control:0
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Max Aperture:f 4.8
Metering Mode:Center Weighted Average
Model:NIKON D7000
Orientation:Normal (O deg)
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Scene Type:Directly Photographed
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X Resolution:300
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Mazda_Man  [Aug 19, 2014 at 09:47 AM]
Lots of potential here Helen and I hope you took a few more exposures. Did you shout out to the dogs in order to grab their attention for another shot? That could have made a great deal of difference also a little TLC in PS would brighten this up somewhat as I feel it is a little underexposed. The green is a little murky, but lightening it would lose your sky detail. This is perhaps an example where using RAW would have enabled you to deal with both.
Helen  [Aug 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM]
Thank you Frank. I captured the shot as the wolves were looking at the keeper as it was nearly time for them to be fed. I am not quite sure yet how to use the raw files on this camera yet as I haven't had it very long. The wolves in the sunshine looked a bit beige so was trying to get rid of that & get them back to the normal colour a bit, although they did have a touch of beige in them. Took quite a few shots of them so maybe have a look at one of the others see what I can do & fathom out how to use raw when I get a few minutes.
SteveT  [Aug 19, 2014 at 05:49 PM]
Smashing image, very good POV and when seen full size lots of fine detail to be seen, like it a lot; well seen and taken.
I agree with Frank that RAW gives you the extra latitude to compensate for shadows and is the main format that I use. Again great shot
George  [Aug 19, 2014 at 08:03 PM]
Ahhh so you've ditched the Canon then Helen and gone over to the dark side
It is amity about the Wolf on the left not playing ball and standing in line
Still a lot to like about this shot and with the tweaks suggested by Frank help the overall effect.
Well done though like it a lot.
Hope you had a good time and good wether.
Helen  [Aug 20, 2014 at 04:38 PM]
Thank you Steve for your comment. Thank you also George for your comment. I haven't ditched the Canon yet George, so haven't gone over to the dark side yet The week before when our friends went up it rained all the time, but we hit on lucky we had fine weather & rained through the night, but at least we took some fine weather up for them. It was very busy people everywhere very inconsiderate of them when trying to take a photo