A white wolf's piercing stare. Canon EOS 7D EF 70-300mm at 300mm f/7.1 1/400 ISO 200
The gaze of a wild thing is something compelling and driven. It pulls us back to a time only remembered deep in our hindbrain, to a world where our survival depended on understanding these eyes. And now… now we live in a world that isolates us from the wild and to experience something so vital and primal can be a wonderful experience.
We sometimes forget to consider textures when we are working in a visual medium but textures, even though they are presented visually can have a significant impact on the ways in which the image is perceived. As I was taking this photo I started with the contrast of the rough old log to the soft almost luxurious fur. The textural contrast was enhanced by the contrast in colour. I had never seen a white wolf before but it was very beautiful. There was also the smooth texture of the tree trunk behind the wolf and the soft out of focus area to the right of the wolf. There are a lot of textures going on and it helps to build interest in the photograph.