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Grey Wolf of Yellowstone b by Iamidaho Grey Wolf of Yellowstone b by Iamidaho
This is a Grey Wolf, Canis Lupus,
He is a member of the Mollie pack in Yellowstone and is the Alpha Male. At the time of this photo he commanded the strongest pack in the park.

This image is a repost...I am reposting because I have been trying different techniques and enhancements for the past 6 hours trying to bring the most out of it, I am wanting to use this image as one of my final images for my photoshop classes term final project.

The original image before editing is:


compare the two and let me know what you think.

I am not a huge fan of reposting images on Deviantart because It is a bit like watching re-runs on late night tv.

However using a new set of skills that I have learned since I last posted this image, I feel that I have put sufficient time and effort into this image to consider it 'remastered' rather than a 'repost' Plus i really want to get the community's feed back on this.

please be as critical and open in your critique as you would like, there are a few things about the image that I am still undecided on as to whether they benefit it or not, perhaps you can pick them out.
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Noradrenaline-photo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   General Artist
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TheYellowstoneWay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
oh, and, AMAZING PHOTO!!!! That detail is incredible!!!
MasterFudgePop Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
may i use this as reference please
Iamidaho Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Yes please link finished work. Non profit use only
MasterFudgePop Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
alright ty ye it's non profit
eggy-studios Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
I love this one- everything is so sharp and defined. :]
roxerwolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008   Traditional Artist
Honestly, I like the original a bit better. That's just my own opinion though.
The high contrast makes the shadows look darker and a few details less prominant, but it's still a good effect. I think I prefer the original because it has more color, but this one makes the wolf stand out and seem bolder than the background.
mentaldragon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the lighting in this shot.
wolfman74 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
Iamidaho Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
thank you!
YoukaiLaurana Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure what you did, but this one definitely looks better than the last. Reposts aren't necessarily annoying, just shows a sign of growth.
Pannya Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
I love this shot! The colours and fur contrast look wonderful in this version. :love:
michael-dalberti Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Simply amazing picture.
2112AWG Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Well it took me having to save both in a temp folder on my desktop and flipping between the two to see what differences showed up. I too avoid remakes as I try and post my best image first. But many times after I post you all here post comments telling me how to improve what I have posted and many times you guys are 100% right.

Back to this case here. I love the edit on this image. Granted the original resides in my fav's I think its one of my top favorites on this site. I lvoe wolves so maybe my view is slanted but nonetheless this is a great shot and one to be proud of hands down. On this edit I like how the facial hair shows up a bit more as well as the eye. I think it does add a ton. On a related note I notice a bit more red coloring around the cheeks. Any rate a job well done as always my friend.
AramiOokami Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow, i love yellowstone. Yeah, i know the valley which you speak of! We had stopped there with about 30 other people with telescopes and we were watching them. :D They had just made a kill. There was a black one and two white ones visible.... i want to go back! T__T

So how far away are you from these guys?
aurionPhoG Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Well Done. Good increase in contrast and subduction of blue/cyan. nothing too drastic. I works for me!
Jaws22 Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome shot, the colors are nice and the DOF is rather well done. sweet work :)
GinkgoBiloba Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
GorillaEye Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
love it. :) very cool shot.
Emmi-18 Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
you could see more ditail inn the origenal but this is still AWSOME!!1!one!
StringOfLights Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This image looks crisper, but the frost in the background of the original really added to it. I loved the blue tones of the original, especially because they brought out the amber in the wolf's eyes.
Iamidaho Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Ya, I belong to that crowd as well, but the blues in the background were so harsh.. Im going to rework it and see if i can keep the frost while getting rid of the background white balance issue...
snowysylva Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the editing really adds to it. Amazing capture either way. :)
natureguy Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice shot, like the way you brought out the fur s colors and added some depth to the overall pic... well done :clap:
oOBrieOo Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Awesome shot, I prefer the original though.
LCom Featured By Owner May 4, 2008   Digital Artist
Looking back, I can see that this one is sharper and has darker...darks. Overall, I would say it looks better. Granted, I thought the original looked awesome too. It's the kind of thing that you can't notice without directly comparing the two images, but once you do, this one is the "crisper" one.
hunter1828 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the color and sharpness of the wolf's fur in this one, but it's darker than the original.
Ellie-the-dreamer Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
What a beautiful beast. You have composed the shot very nicely.
CetxAmourxMexTue Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Do you go to the northern part of the lake to find the wolves, or somewhere else in the park? I'm going to Yellowstone this summer, and my main goal is to get good pictures of the wolves. :D
arcadia-the-lich Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg lovely shot,I love the intense colour in the wolfs eye,the complimentary colours between the wolf and its surroundings are beautiful.Im not much of a photographer myself so I cant do critique im afraid,just looks lovely to me.Well done!
rhin-sowilo Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
I really like the bolder colors in this photo, but you've lost the lovely frosty ground that was in the last photo. The frost set the scene nicely- I could feel how cold it was there- here, it just feels like another day.
In any case, it's an excellent photo! You could shoot for a nature magazine! :+fav:
isthider Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
I think that the higher contrast and sharper image work well in this photo - he looks so bold and impressive. You've really done this image justice.
silivrenwolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
You did a great job with this. I really can't see anything that can be "added" or "fixed" You did an excellent job bringing out the colors of the fur and add more contrast to it. This one defiantly looks more professional then the 1st image.
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May 3, 2008
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Camera Data

Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/800 second
Focal Length
400 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 4, 2007, 8:39:02 AM