/ I MADE FRIENDS WITH WOLVES ↓
I took this photo during the first #sonykandotrip
ever, in Santa Barbara, California.
had a lot planed for us, and it was an amazing experience meeting most of the #alphacollective
members for the first time.
There was talk of two wolves that were at the event.
I learned that their names were Damu and Cael, and belonged to @projectwildsong.
They seemed to be everywhere as the event went on, but in front of my camera.
I was determined to change that.
I first heard Cael's story, from his trainer, after a sound bath experience in one of the tents at the Kando site.
I lingered after the experience in the corner, of the tent, with @andyto
, hoping to get close to them.
I was standing 6 foot 4 inches over his golden stare, when the trainer advised me get low.
She told us the story, of how at a young age, Cael was mistreated by a male vet, near the end of his socialization window.
This caused him to live in fear of men.
To allow him to feel “bigger” and comfortable in our presences, we had to sit on the floor.
Such a sad thing to hear of animal cruelty.
Thankfully the work the trainers have been doing with him seemed to pay off, because he actually allowed me to pet him!
After that experience I had other activities for the day to attend to.
I ended up waiting until the last day to get a proper photo shoot with my new furry friend.
At 5:30am my group and I summited the hill where the final meeting would take place, with the soft California sun erasing the night.
I had the Sony A7Rii and the @sonyalpha
24-70mm f2.8 GM at the time.
Patience was key, and using burst mode I left satisfied with my documentation of the morning.