WolfPhotography.com FAQs

Thank you for your interest in my photography. If you have a question not covered here, please feel free to contact me. monty@wolfpark.org

Who is Monty Sloan?

Well, I'm the Staff Photographer at Wolf Park, a wolf educational and research facility located in Indiana. For more information about this facility please check out www.wolfpark.org.

What Kind of Equipment do I Use?

The 18MP Canon EOS 1D X digital camera really can't be beat. Previous cameras included, but are not exclusive to, a Nikon F5 (my last film camera). Then there is my first DSLR - a Nikon D1x that I used from September 2001 to December 2002; then I got frustrated enough with Nikon to finally make the switch to Canon. In fairly quick succession from 2003 to 2012 I've owned a Canon EOS 1D, 1Ds, 1D Mark II, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV and finally the current camera, the Canon EOS 1D X -- did I mention it's really cool and fun to use? I purchased that one in July 2012.

The quality of images from these cameras rivals that of film! Actually, the current camera is more like shooting medium format than 35mm. To put things in perspective, the Nikon 1Dx, which was only 5.5MP, was about the same quality as 35mm print film. It produced spectacular prints up to 20x30 inches -- you can just imagine what the latest Canon can do....

I also have a collection of lenses. There is a 8mm Sigma fisheye which takes really silly photos. There is a 100mm Canon macro lens which takes really close up photos. The 50mm f1.8 is good for low light, while the 16-35 is good for landscapes. These lenses are not used much...

The lenses I mostly use, as they are best for photographing wolves, are Canon's 28-300 & 100-400m zooms. Other lenses, such as my 70-200mm f2.8, are nice for specific uses - such as for low light, or a really shallow depth of field. The 500mm f4 is great for long distance shots like those taken from Wolf Park's blue bridge. With a 2x telextender, it's great to photograph wild wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

Before I went digital in the fall of 2001, I used a Nikon F5 and before that a Nikon F4. Actually, I had a number of Nikon cameras dating back to the early 1980's. I have some fond memories of my FM2. That was a really cool camera for its time. I had also dabbled with medium and some large format work. For wolves however, the large format camera would have been nothing more than an expensive chew toy so there are mostly still life and landscape photos from my old Sinar F and Mamaya cameras.

I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant at first to go digital -- and I only did so with the expectation of taking photos to use as images on web sites, screen savers and the like. In waiting, technology caught up to the point where digital images rivaled, and now exceed, the quality you can achieve with 35mm film.

Are Digital Photos 'Real'?

In nearly every case, the digital images posted on Wolfphotography.com are exactly what was seen through the lens. The only changes would be minor color corrections, perhaps some cropping and the equivalent of the 'burning and dodging' similar to what I did years ago in my black & white darkroom. However, one sometimes likes to play in Photoshop and combine several images together to create something totally new and sometimes a bit weird. Those images are under the category of Digital Creations and are usually explained in detail in the photo's descriptive text.

Prints are made on photographic paper, as well as on high quality inkjet paper. I've used a number of labs around the country, but also am quite pleased with the 12 cartridge Canon Pro-1 printer. The ink's have a life expectancy rated 100+ years (which is above that of standard color photos). Not only does this printer produce excellent color results, it produces phenomenal B&W prints.

Print Sizes, Print Surfaces & Other Print Stuff

The aspect ratio of 35mm film, as well as that of professional digital cameras is about 2:3 -- which is a little bit longer than "standard" print sizes. In other words, a full frame image is not going to be 8x10 inches, but 8x12 inches. Full frame prints would be 4x6, 7½x11, 8x12, 12x18, 16x24, 20x30 & 24x36. 11x17 & 13x19 inch prints are close, and you really would not notice the tiny amount of cropping necessary in most photos. 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, "Legal" sized prints, etc. are all cropped a bit which can be a distinct advantage for some compositions.

When I mat prints, I try to cut mats of a standard size so you can easily find a frame for them. However, this is not always possible. To make things as easy as possible, here are the size mats I cut for various sized prints:

Matting Sizes
Photo Size Mat Size
4x6 inches 5x7 inches
5x7 inches 8x10 inches
5x11
7½x11
8x11
8½x11
8x12
11x14
8½x14 11x17
11x14
16x20
11x17 16x24
12x18
13x19
18x24
16x24 20x30

Of course there really is no limit on print aspect ratios. I've printed photos at all kinds of weird dimensions. Depending on the photo, this can create some really cool aspect ratios. Some of my recent 10x30 inch prints that I made for a photo exhibit in Wolf Park's Wright Learning Center are really cool looking. They were also the best selling of all my more expensive signed, matted and framed prints that I have been selling through the Wolf Park giftshop.

If you are looking for a specific sized mat, I'm sure I can accommodate you. It might cost a little extra to do a custom mat, but I can do it for far less than what it would cost in a framing store. I also plan to offer framing rail kits as I can get custom cut metal frames of any size. They are a bit more than what you would get at a superstore, but are far, far cheaper than a frame shop. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or interest in custom mats and frames.

So with all these sizes of prints, unless the print has a 2x3 ratio, some cropping is involved. With some of the more specialized print sizes, getting an inexpensive frame or pre-made mat, might be a bit difficult. If you are custom matting and framing the photograph, or having me cut the mat, this is not a problem, but if you are planning on a less expensive route and need a standard size, you might want to keep the size of the print in mind.

Most prints are made on glossy paper. However some paper sizes only come in a luster (semi-mat) finish. The 8½ x 14 inch (Legal) sized paper only comes in lustre as do the really big 24x36 inch prints. Since I'm mostly printing my own right now, I have a large variety of paper types and surfaces and like to pick what I feel works best for a particular photo. For example, Moab's Colorado Fiber Gloss 245 is a fantastic paper that comes really close to the look and feel of the old glossy fiber-based paper used in a darkroom. It does not work for a color print, but with some of my B&W photos, it's the perfect match. If you have a particular paper surface you would like, just let me know in the comment section of the order.

*WB - White Boarder

You may have noticed that some print sizes have a *WB by them. For some reason the Canon Pro-1 printer will not print on the entire paper surface for many sizes. Options are limited to my out sourcing the prints (which is more time consuming and potentially a lot more expensive as I would have shipping charges to receive the prints) or I could print on a larger sized sheet of paper and trim it down, also more expensive and more time consuming. That is why the *WB prints are less expensive. White Boarder prints would not be affected at all when matted as the matting would cover the white boarder.

*Trim Prints?

What does Trim Prints mean? This is not an issue with most photo sizes, however, I'm now offering various print sizes on letter size (8½x11 inch) paper. 7½x11 is an uncropped image. 8x11 is a variation slightly cropped, but looks OK. 8½x11 prints are full frame on letter sized paper, but are pretty heavily cropped, but some prints actually look better that way. In part it's all up to personal taste.

Unfortunately, I currently don't have web site software which would let you see exactly what a photo would look like in the various sizes. Personally, I tend to prefer the uncropped versions of my photos anyway, at least with very few exceptions. Those exceptions I offer as specific print sizes with no photo size options. You can find Cool Print Sizes under Cool and Unusual Photos in the side menu bar.

Is Wolfphotography.com Just Wolves?

I've has been photographing wolves since 1984 and have worked full time at Wolf Park since 1988. However, I've been taking photographs nearly my entire life. Although this site is mostly wolves, I have posted images of other animals. In the future I hope to also include some of my landscapes, sunsets and other nature photographs.

Photo of the Day Website

I also have another website where I posts photos daily. "Photo of the Day", www.wolfpark.net, is my literal photo, or photos, of the day blog -- this site is revised nearly every day with new photos. Photos from this site, or from just about any photo of my photos, can be purchased HERE

What is Wolfphotography.com and How Does it Work?

I've been selling photographs in the Wolf Park gift shop and a few other facilities and store for many years. I've also been published in a number of books and magazines, but have yet the time to do a book myself...

Then in 2000, with the help of a good friend, Paul at Purple Onyx, I started WolfPhotography.com. This site helps raise money for me to purchase photographic equipment plus some of the money goes to Wolf Park to help with various projects for the wolves.

Need a High Resolution Image for Publication or Other Commercial Use?

I can make any of the images on this site available as a high resolution JPG, or if need be, burned onto a CD for commercial use. Each situation is different and you will need to contact me directly at monty@wolfpark.org or call my cell 765-532-2901.

How Long Should I Expect it to Take for My Order to Arrive?

Orders are shipped USPS from Battle Ground Indiana. Orders are filled as fast as possible, but it sometimes takes 1-2 weeks to fill orders depending on how busy it gets at Wolf Park. I do this all on my own and have a lot of other responsibilities at Wolf Park so there are times when I may not get to filling orders right away.

If you have questions about your order status, please write to monty@wolfpark.org or better, just send me a text message 765-532-2901. If your order is a gift, or needs to be rushed out, please e-mail or call and I'll try my best to get it in the mail right away.

How are Prints Shipped?

Wolfphotography.com ships photos first class using the US postal service. For Priority Mail or International orders, there is a slight extra fee.

Return Policy

We hope your prints arrive in perfect shape and undamaged. If there is a problem, please contact me and replacement will be sent as soon as the damage prints are returned.

If the prints are undamaged and you are simply unhappy with them, there is a 15% restocking fee.

The WolfPhotography.com Newsletter

Information about wolves, and specific events at Wolf Park will be periodically sent out to subscribers. Of course there will also be information about new products, sales and specials only available to those on the list.

Will Subscribing to the Mailing List Result in Unwanted Spam?

No, our mailing list is secure and only used by us. It will never be sold to a third party.

How often are Mailings Sent from Wolfphotography.com

I generally send out a mailing every week or two, but sometimes I have extra specials available and may send out several in one week. I fully understand that receiving too much mail is simply to much so I try our best to keep it to a minimum. When things at Wolf Park get busy in the summer, I may not send out anything for several weeks at a time...

I Subscribed to the Mailing List, but never received anything.

You may have a spam filter in place which is automatically blocking mail from us. This is fairly common and you will need to check your software or Internet provider for a solution.

     ^Monty^