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Painted Wolf Alpha Male by MorkelErasmus Painted Wolf Alpha Male by MorkelErasmus
A friend and I spent two afternoons photographing a pack of wild dogs all by ourself in a sandy riverbed in the Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe last week.

I will never forget the 2nd afternoon, when we leopard-crawled for over 40 meters to get within good shooting distance. Just before we had to leave, the Alpha Male got up and stalked towards us, growled a couple of times, took in our scent, and then lied down about 7 meters from us, relaxed again. An absolutely thrilling moment!! I was lying on my belly for this one.

I don't have any noteworthy images in my portfolio of this endangered species, and am so stoked to have come back from Mana Pools with a truckload of images from low angles like this, with an unobstructed view of the canines.

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psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful capture!
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
NICE!
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you
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M-The-Cellist Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those ears!  :D

This is a spectacular photo, by the way.  Beautiful work.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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Wolfling01 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was about to ask how did you get this kind of picture quality with ISO 4000, then I looked at the camera.
It's a picture a bit outside my experience zone equipment-base, but nevertheless, I'm most impressed.
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SmashStudio Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! I will hopefully be headed down to Zimbabwe to work with the dogs in a little over a year. I'm trying to invest in some new lenses for my camera  to use down there :)

I see you use a Nikon. I currently own the Pentax K-r. What kind of lens, etc would you recommend I take with me?


Thanks!
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Good luck!!
I don't know the Pentax range that well. At least a 300mm f4 lens?
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SmashStudio Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
That's the lens I'm using currently. It's a pretty good one, but my shots are never as 'crisp' like yours for example. The more I've been digging into it, the more I think it's just my camera. XD I was trying to blame the lens hoping to not have to invest in a more expensive camera.

Thanks for replying though!
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
That lens will never be really as sharp as a prime telephoto lens which costs about 9 times as much ;)
You can always take it to the official service centre and have it calibrated. Helped a lot with my copy when I was shooting with it.
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SmashStudio Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll give that option a go :) 

*sigh* I figured the telephoto lens would cost me an arm and a leg ... and a kidney ... haha. One day! 
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
:)
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LacrymosaDiesIlla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous photo. I used it as a drawing reference: lacrymosa-caracal.deviantart.c…
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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nothing-left-to-say Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Perfect angle.
Perfect composition.
Perfect animal.
Perfect expression. (!)
Perfect image.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks!! :D
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ArticWolf14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice pic! :D
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks...
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Zadoptemall Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Gorgeous! Well done.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanx
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amorphousdebris Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks
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Planetfroggy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot of such a beautiful and majestic creature
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you...
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Planetfroggy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem
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kwaadgoed85 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
It's a rather beautiful animal, and a great shot. Nice work!
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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kwaadgoed85 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
You're welcome. :)
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JarrodBaker Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Wow awesome shot African wild dogs are so cool
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you...
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angelasdawn Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Incredible :faint:
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
:)
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HecklingHyena Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is an amazing shot. I am always so impressed when people photograph wild (actually in the wild) animals. I've only ever seen these in zoos. Amazing picture.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks so much!! :)
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
their ears always look funny
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
they do! :) :D
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2195Razielim Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
as if it should be on a mouse not a dog :) but thats why i love them
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
:D
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aloisrega Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Wonderful photo! Thanks for sharing!
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
pleasure!! :D
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RHCheng Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Photographer
Awesome shot, menacing looking creature~!
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks a lot...
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Ginesthoi Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow. I can only imagine how you felt as he stalked toward you. My heart would have been racing and my instinct to flee would have won. I'm impressed that you held steady and got this amazing shot.
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much...I'm stoked with this!
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just-a-lonely-girl Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Beautiful shot! I love African Wild Dogs (Painted Wolves/Cape Hunting dogs) and hopefully will et a job in conserving this beautiful species. The species should be conserved as they are an integral part of the African ecosystem. Thank you and well done for getting such a wonderful shot of a handsome boy :D
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thanks! I hope you get to work in conserving these wonderful animals!
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DianaLobriglio Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow :wow:
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MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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DianaLobriglio Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome :)
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alone-maggie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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