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Shame about fennecs + my favourite wolves - PHOTOS

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:07 PM


I went to my beloved ZOO Olomouc to photograph animals yesterday - I needed a break from the thesis writing.
I spent hour or maybe more with my favourite wolf subspecies - Iberian wolves. They were very active and even aggresive, snapping their jaws and snarrling a lot. One of them tried to catch a crazy rodent. It was fun and I got many photos for you ;)
But the bad news - fennec fox got a new light in their enclosure. It is a red light and it TOTALLY does not allow you to photograph, because the specific light ruins the texture of the animal's fur and there is no chance to get any photo :( I am sad about it, I loved this place for fennec photography :( now it has been lost... in ZOO Dvur Kralove, they put those foxes into very dark indoor exhibit, so this place is also lost and in Prague, you never see them... Hm... I am a bit sad about it, I would miss those little guys :(

I also definitely need a new lens. My current one had troubles to focuse yesterday and I could not take a sharp picture for several minutes... I am more and more sure I should buy Canon 70-200 L 4 USM (not IS version)... it is relatively achievable and people say the quality is great. But I am still nervous about the lack of IS :/

Ok, wolves and kiriban. Then thesis again. Sigh.

KIRIBAN winner

15 and 16. The Great Leonopteryx and Jake Sully by ConkerTSquirrel Naruto caped by ConkerTSquirrel Spyro and Hachi doodle by ConkerTSquirrel
Everything the light touches... by ConkerTSquirrel Thorachu 3d by ConkerTSquirrel Blue 3d by ConkerTSquirrel
River Fox by ConkerTSquirrel Emmy - artswap by ConkerTSquirrel Alvin and the chipmunks by ConkerTSquirrel


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Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sad news about the fennec and lens.
WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Such pretty fur on dem wolves! :D
MdnghtShadow Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photos of the wolves! I particularly like the 3rd shot; the close up of that big guy's (or girl) face is perfect :)

Like most desert-dwellers, Fennecs are nocturnal; the new red light would be easier on their eyes, and they'll most likely be more active with it! Most of the zoos I've been to have the nocturnal animals in a specific building where they can keep the lighting low and use those red lights. I know it does make it hard on photographers, but it really is better for the animals; as a warning, if they are doing that with the Fennec Foxes, the Sand Cats (if they have them) may be next. *is Zoology major*
QuantumMirage Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
The change is probably the best for the animals health. Zoos do try to keep good views for animals, but their comfort always come before our view.
Maybe they were becoming stressed, or even were becoming sensitive to light. You could probably ask a keeper, and they could tell you.

Best of luck with the thesis! c:
Lathellen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
That is sad! Why did they do that?
tachiban18 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hmm: Awww, no more fennec fox pictures? Sadness!! :(
Well, at least you were able to show us all of those beautiful ones you've already taken! I still LOVE :heart: looking at them! :love:
JimFoxyBoy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Aw... maybe I'll have to find a way to send you some fennec pictures. Only thing is, I don't have too good a camera myself. Plus, the one here doesn't exactly sit still for long enough. :P

I don't suppose a filter would help get past the lighting issue? Odd they'd put a red light in there. Heating lamp maybe? I'd say they are some spoiled fennecs over there.
AliyaBloodHeart Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The wolves are beautiful, and its a real pitty about the Fennec's we will all miss seeing new photo's of them :(
Ratiazu Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Why Iberians are your favourite? :)
Loxome Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Rawr! So cute!
ConkerTSquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yays kiriban :D
oh dear i always look forward to your fennec photos. At least they'll be more comfortable now i guess :)
woxys Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
congrats on winning :D
ConkerTSquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks and i appreciate the feature :3
Rukia-Lover Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those wolves are so cute >.<
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Great wolf photos and such a shame about the fennecs! :( Is there any reason why the zoo put a red light in their enclosure?
woxys Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
it is surely better for them :( fennec foxes need a very special light in their enclosure to be healthy... but this ZOO seems to be only one which uses a red light :(
HalbOtaku Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Awwwwww nuuuuu the fennecs are my favourites ;A; Such a pity the light isn't good for photographs...
But well, if it's better for the animals I can live with it, they are more important than photos.
isider Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
i've heard that the 70-300 tamron vc and the 70-300 IS USM,are very good lenses,but quite expensive!
RTHBN Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Just a heads up, I've had nothing but good to say about Tamron Adaptall lenses. They've been around since the 80s and are well known as one of the best economy lenses you can buy. I recently got a 70-210mm Adaptall and it's crisp with beautiful bokeh. the bonus is that if you change camera brands/mounts you can just buy a new adapter mount for the lens, about $20 USD (the lens itself goes for between $50 and $100 USD on ebay) and you're good to go. Could be worth checking out.

What a pity about the fennecs. Your fennec photography is great, you can really tell that you love them a lot. Maybe you could talk to the head honcho at the zoo, tell them that the light will scare off photographers because it's not good for photography and they may lose business that way? Maybe worth a try.

Can't wait to see some new photos.
FreakxOfxNature Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome photos, those wolves are beautiful. I'm sorry about the foxes, I hate it when zoos change things so you can barely see the animals.
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