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What a beautiful video of this fox! I captured one in 2014. Not sure if it's the same. But sure was fun to watch!

Statistics: Posted by SherryRog — Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:57 pm

Author: SherryRog
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:57 pm
Ian9599 wrote:
Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing. Clearly, you are a very patient man. Would you mind sharing what camera nad lenses you used?


I'd be happy to share. Almost all of the wildlife shots were with a Canon 80D and Sigma 150-600 C lens. There were a couple of shots (trumpeter swan close ups) that were with a 7D and 100-400L lens. The 7D is my backup camera and when I bought the Sigma I decided to keep the 100-400 for youth sports. A couple of other shots also utilized the 100-400, which is a little easier to pack for short hikes.

The night shots were with the 80D and a Tokina 11-20 f/2.8 lens (I just now realized that the exif info on my smugmug site incorrectly lists this as the Tokina 11-16 lens). Other landscapes were with a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.

Almost all of the video was shot with a Canon sx50hs bridge camera. I've realized now that I have better capabilities with the 80D, but at the time that camera was new to me and I don't have much experience with video. When I did use the 80D, I usually mistakenly left the image stabilization turned on in the lens, which caused bad shaking (using a tripod). Thus, most of that footage was scrapped. I've been practicing with it lately, and I'm looking forward to shooting more video on this year's trip. The 80D will shoot 3x zoom in 1080p without any apparent loss in IQ. Combine that with the 150-600 with a 2x converter and the crop factor and you get 600x2x3x1.6 = 5,760mm. I'm not expecting Nat Geo type stuff, but it should still be fun.

For this year's trip, I'll also have a 70-200 II. I was worried I would need a 70-200 last year but just couldn't afford it. I bought one this year for youth sports (my only paying gig). It would have come in handy last year, but I don't think it is a "must have". It's an awesome lens, though.

I'll also be bringing a fisheye lens to play with. It probably won't get too much use, but I got an awesome deal on it so it went into the bag. Maybe I'll get creative with some timelapses.

I hope this helps! If you want info on specific shots, they are in the "Yellowstone 2016" gallery on my smugmug site listed below in my signature. When viewing a photo, click the "i" button below it and the photo information will pop up.

Statistics: Posted by sandwedge — Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:47 pm

Author: sandwedge
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:47 am
Thank you so much Max! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this part of your report:

"In the spring of 2014, some wolf activity was being reported just south of Norris Junction. A light gray had been seen a couple times at Elk Park. This is a spot that I generally dismiss when it comes to wildlife viewing. It’s a short open stretch of meadow along the Gibbon River that may yield an odd elk, bison or coyote sighting, but not much else in the last couple decades. I rarely drove through this stretch of the loop.
But during a short period in May, Elk Park was a hot spot. The light gray wolf that had been seen was identified as a member of the Canyon Pack. She was light in color, but still sort of grayish or beigeish, unlike her distinctly white-furred mother. I saw her on the other side of the river, lounging about one morning, and others had happened upon her quite close to the road and come away with some lovely photos. A Canyon true and true, working the roads like an expert. In the days and weeks to come, this light gray female would wander off to scout Hayden Valley—her mother’s and grandmother’s old territory—where she’d eventually meet the venerable 755M (the only wolf to be alpha male of two Yellowstone packs) and form the Wapiti Pack. And she would grower whiter and whiter as the years went by."

You are absolutely correct. I was there at just that time you mentioned. I'm so happy to know she is still there as we were thrilled to enjoy a whole day with her in 2014. Hopefully we will see her again in a couple weeks.

Statistics: Posted by SherryRog — Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:34 am

Author: SherryRog
Posted: April 27, 2017, 2:34 pm
Thanks everyone.

Sherry. I believe that may be her daughter, which I mentioned toward the end of the article (the 2014 encounter), at one of the carcasses at Elk Park. This is the one who would soon wander over to Hayden and become alpha female of the Wapiti Pack. She's even whiter now, looking more like her mum.


Statistics: Posted by Max — Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:17 am

Author: Max
Posted: April 27, 2017, 2:17 pm
So sorry! Is this working now? We leave on the 13th of May for our next trip to Yellowstone (barring any government shut down.) I will be sad to know we won't see this beautiful wolf again if it is the same wolf. Thanks again!
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/1056 ... 5187937026

Statistics: Posted by SherryRog — Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:21 am

Author: SherryRog
Posted: April 27, 2017, 11:21 am
Max, thanks again for a wonderful remembrance of our favorite wolf. Great pictures.

Statistics: Posted by lah — Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:02 pm

Author: lah
Posted: April 26, 2017, 8:02 pm
Max, thanks again for a wonderful remembrance of our favorite wolf. Great pictures.

Statistics: Posted by lah — Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:02 pm

Author: lah
Posted: April 26, 2017, 8:02 pm
Very well written, thanks for sharing. One-off animal sightings are cool, but being able to follow them through their lives are pretty special.

SherryRog - that album doesn't seem to be public. To make it public, you can hit the share icon on that album and get a sharable link.

Statistics: Posted by atw527 — Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:37 am

Author: atw527
Posted: April 26, 2017, 6:37 pm
Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing. Clearly, you are a very patient man. Would you mind sharing what camera nad lenses you used?

Statistics: Posted by Ian9599 — Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:31 am

Author: Ian9599
Posted: April 26, 2017, 4:31 pm
Beautiful pictures and amazing article. We were fortunate in 2014 to watch a white wolf on a carcass for almost an entire day. We wonder if she is the same wolf? Can anyone tell me? Thank you.


Statistics: Posted by SherryRog — Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:17 am

Author: SherryRog
Posted: April 26, 2017, 2:17 pm
Fascinating account and a great history of my favorite wolf pack. I was able to view all of the white wolves of this pack as well and I truly appreciate you telling this story. I was fortunate enough to be at some of the same events you mentioned. Great memories and the reason we keep going back to Yellowstone to make more memories to share with others. Thanks again.

Statistics: Posted by Ob1 — Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:35 pm

Author: Ob1
Posted: April 26, 2017, 3:35 am
Great story and beautiful photos! Thanks Max

Statistics: Posted by Top Notch — Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:15 pm

Author: Top Notch
Posted: April 25, 2017, 8:15 pm
I've written a lengthy article about the Canyon alpha female, which recently passed away, discussing her amazing history and my own encounters with her. A lot of folks admired this wolf for its beauty, but her life story is pretty interesting as well. She wasn't just a pretty face.




If you're interested, you may read the article (and see more of my photos) here.


Statistics: Posted by Max — Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:39 am

Author: Max
Posted: April 25, 2017, 2:39 pm
Great shots everyone. So sad she's no longer around

Statistics: Posted by Marco — Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:31 am

Author: Marco
Posted: April 23, 2017, 8:31 am
I rented a 500 f4.5 lens from them back in 2011 when my dog broke my 500 f4 lens the day before I was to leave on my trip. Nice people.

Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:03 pm

Author: RikWriter
Posted: April 19, 2017, 4:03 am