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A wild Fox (Vulpes vulpes), with its rabbit prey in the field behind our house. Handheld, as I just had time to open a small window and push the lens out, before he was gone. This is a large crop as my subject was 156m away.

My thanks to those of you who supported my last upload - always really appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Dec 2012 - 12:51 PM
Focal Length:700mm 156m from subject,handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:+5/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:A Chance Encounter
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:19 Dec 2012 - 9:11 AM
Tags:Chance, Encounter, Field, Fox, Mammal, Predator, Prey, Rabbit, Vulpes vulpes, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:53

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stokesy
stokesy  3 Scotland
19 Dec 2012 - 9:13 AM

its held its image nicely well down, ronnieWink

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 9:21 AM

Simply fantastic, Sylvia. Carol

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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 9:24 AM

Gosh you have a steady pair of hands. This is one of the best nature images I have seen recently. Pin sharp on the subject despite the distance and heavy crop. Bravo.

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Klaw604
Klaw604  1 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 - 9:27 AM

Fantastic shot - especially considering distance / cropping & handheld. I too once had a chance encounter and didn't end up with anything approaching this. I am in awe!! Superb!! Grin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 2186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 9:42 AM

Excellent timing, well done!

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 2M_squared vcard United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 - 10:16 AM

Stunning result. Very well captured.

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 10:25 AM

A nice result considering the distance Sylvia,
Looks like even at that distance you were noticed.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4134 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 10:37 AM

Great capture both by it and yourself, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

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ossca
ossca  5 England
19 Dec 2012 - 10:47 AM

Great capture

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Rev2
Rev2  4201 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 11:36 AM

This would get my U/A if I could figure out how to do it!

Done!

Last Modified By Rev2 at 19 Dec 2012 - 11:37 AM

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Maiwand
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19 Dec 2012 - 12:44 PM

Brilliant and totally natural Sylvia. The fact that this is hand held draws even more praise from me.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 1:04 PM

Simply stunning.

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 1:07 PM

I like this one Sylvia. I do not think photography is always about full-frame, razor sharp images with the colour balance perfect. Sometimes it is about capturing the moment, or telling a story and you have done this beautifully. Some of the greatest historic photos are not perfect.

Rant over

David

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flakeyflower
19 Dec 2012 - 1:09 PM

Beautiful shot, love the way he/she is looking at you

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 1:23 PM

She must have heard you open the window. And you were so fast you got this beautiful image.......Sandy

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6191 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 1:40 PM


Quote: She must have heard you open the window........Sandy

That is exactly what happened, Sandy. When I saw her from the kitchen window(non opening),he/she was lying in the middle of the field devouring the prey, so I ran to an adjacent room, opened a top opening tiny window and pushed the lens out, whereupon he/ she turned tail and ran, but stopped for a brief moment to look at me before disappearing through the hedge, so I got lucky Smile
Sylvia

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cats_123 e2 Member 103959 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 2:42 PM

great definition at that range Smile

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longhoss
longhoss e2 Member 4longhoss vcard United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 - 4:55 PM

Superb image great detail

glyn

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85750 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 5:55 PM

Heavy crop or not, it is a fine example of the natural world

The winter coat is nigh on perfect

Lucky you SylviaWink

Adrian

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hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 6:10 PM

What a cracker love it
mike

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MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 6:18 PM

What a great shot and from such a distance shows off the power of the Canon 5D MkIII
Richard

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JuBarney
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19 Dec 2012 - 8:07 PM

A really well-timed capture - for both of you!
Ju

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 81874 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 8:28 PM

Opportunity well taken here Sylvia. Great clarity - don't know how you did this at 1/25th sec hand held.
Brian.

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 11:03 PM

Fuchs du hast den Has gestohlen,
Gib ihn wieder her.
Gib ihn wieder her.
Sonst wird dich der Jaeger holen,
Mit dem Schiessgewehr.

Do you know the children's song?
Lovely picture of this beautiful animal, and the prey is a fantastic extra.
Really great image. Love it.
Johanna

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nealie
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19 Dec 2012 - 11:13 PM

This is one fantastic shot.

John

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teocali e2 Member 6191 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2012 - 8:45 AM


Quote: Fuchs du hast den Has gestohlen,
Gib ihn wieder her.
Gib ihn wieder her.
Sonst wird dich der Jaeger holen,
Mit dem Schiessgewehr.

Do you know the children's song?
Lovely picture of this beautiful animal, and the prey is a fantastic extra.
Really great image. Love it.
Johanna

Recht vielen Dank für deine Anerkennung, Johanna - ich bin sehr dankbar Smile Das Liedchen kenne ich gut - meine Mutter hat es immer gesungen Smile
Sylvia

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 6:25 PM

A wonderful opportunistic capture Sylvia, the eye contact is exceptional

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24 Dec 2012 - 6:27 PM


Quote: Opportunity well taken here Sylvia. Great clarity - don't know how you did this at 1/25th sec hand held.
Brian.

If the lens is the same one that i have it has optical stabilisation which means that you no longer have to lug a heavy tripod about, you do need strong shoulder muscles though as this lens is rather heavy to carry!Wink

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