Not an Arctic Fox

By Alan_Baseley  
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Tags: Snow Fox Vulpes vulpes Wildlife and nature Alan Baseley digital-images.me 2021

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Chrism8 15 1.0k 32 England
16 Jan 2021 9:24AM
Excellent capture Smile
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2021 9:39AM
Excellent capture, Alan.
Minty805 Plus
5 45 9 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2021 10:23AM
What a wonderful moment, and well recorded.
16 Jan 2021 10:43AM
Superb image. Well captured.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1936 England
16 Jan 2021 11:03AM
My fingers itch to bang the contrast up with this shot...
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
16 Jan 2021 12:04PM
Beautiful shot Alan , I am sure it wished it was !!
Ian
16 Jan 2021 12:09PM

Quote:My fingers itch to bang the contrast up with this shot...


Why John? It's already "banged up" a lot.
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
16 Jan 2021 12:17PM
The fox must be desperate for food, to venture out of his lair in the snow. Good capture, but it looks a bit plump, so maybe well-fed already?
Ian
brian17302 Plus
10 2 13 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2021 12:21PM
Great pose & fine capture, Alan
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1936 England
16 Jan 2021 1:26PM
Alan - I realise that the conditions were incredibly lacking in contrast: it's just that the fox cries out to have all the detail brought out... Maybe, in fact, Nik 'detail extractor'?

I know it's important to respect the conditions as they were: and I think it also matters that the beauty of the animal is fully visible... But that's only my opinion - and I realise that it's your picture, and so it's your choice how you process it.
mistere Plus
9 14 5 England
16 Jan 2021 1:33PM
A wonderful moment, beautifully captured Alan.
16 Jan 2021 2:25PM
Superb shot Alan 😎
16 Jan 2021 2:28PM

Quote:Alan - I realise that the conditions were incredibly lacking in contrast: it's just that the fox cries out to have all the detail brought out... Maybe, in fact, Nik 'detail extractor'?

I know it's important to respect the conditions as they were: and I think it also matters that the beauty of the animal is fully visible... But that's only my opinion - and I realise that it's your picture, and so it's your choice how you process it.



Thanks for the comments John. I wasn't meaning to criticise your comment, just wondering what you meant.
Two points.
1. Increasing the normal contrast tends to "white out" the snow and make the fox look menacing, which it is not nor was it something I wished to show.
2. With regard to the detail extractor, clarity, micro-contrast button there is danger of making it too realistic, more like text book illustrations.
I did try your suggestions and may use them on one of the other frames I got before it decided it didn't want to stare me out and left.
I did also try a tighter crop, concentrating on the fox and cutting out the tree and most of the snow but decided I preferred the one I uploaded as it gives more of a context to the image.

Alan
IamDora 1 6 Canada
16 Jan 2021 4:30PM
Very nice head-on capture of Mr Red.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
16 Jan 2021 6:07PM
A warm and friendly fur ball of a fox!
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1936 England
16 Jan 2021 6:09PM
Cheers, Alan -

And I wasn't criticising your choices - similarly, wondering.

Whenever I look at someone else's pictures, I am aware that I know a tiny fraction of what they know about it. I can see the image and the EXIF - I can't see the history or feel the breeze, or remember the emotions someone else brought to an image.

Occasionally, as well, I bring my own baggage: several years ago, there was a picture of the steps at Whitby on here. I'd been there once, with a very dear friend from my schooldays. He was dying, and knew it: in our youth, he'd been far fitter than I ever was: that day, I waited for him to get his breath back. The picture was of a glorious sunset: the photographer very kindly offered me a print (I put the story on his image), and it sits on the wall in our front room...

Such are the subtle back-stories of our own and other's pictures. My great hope is that we draw closer together through sharing images and stories, even when there are separating factors...
Chinga Plus
11 68 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2021 7:33PM
Such a lovely subject coming over in the snow Alan, hope you gave it some food...
Good eye contact and a great capture, Isabel GrinGrin

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