Self Isolation Day Eleven – White Wolf in Finland

Day eleven of mandatory self isolation (getting closer to freedom) includes a photograph I made in September last year of a young white Wolf on the Russia / Finland border. Photographed from a ground level hide this photograph is a great example of when it is completely ok (in fact preferred) to place the subject right in the middle of the frame. When making these sort of split second framing decisions on where to place the subject in the frame I am watching carefully how the animal is positioning itself.  Almost always you want to make sure the animal is looking into the frame and not out of the frame. That is, you want to avoid large amounts of negative space in your frame. In cases such as this photograph where the Wolf is looking directly at the photographer it is usually an acceptable (and frequently preferred) option to place the subject dead centre in the frame.

The photograph was taken hand held with the Canon EOS 1DX MK2 with the Canon 600mm f4L IS MK2.  Camera Settings: ISO800 f5.6 1/320th of a second. I will be leading another workshop to this part of northern Finland in October this year (provided the world recovers from the Chinese Wuhan COVID-19 pandemic) for a small group of just six photographers (only two places remaining). Although this workshop is dedicated to the photography of Wolves, Wolverine and Bears it should be noted that there are also many really superb landscape opportunities.

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