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Red Fox II

By glazzaro  
Well I went out again this evening to see if I could get some more shots of the cubs, and as luck would have it I did. In fact the mother fox had killed a possum and left it outside the den trying to coax the cubs to start leaving the comforts of home. So, setup the tripod and stood about 5 feet away from the possum and about 10 feet away from the den itself. After patiently waiting for about an hour with no show, I chanced a glance above the den keeping an eye open for mom when I saw one of the cubs up on top of some rocks feeding. To my surprise the mother had also caught a carp and placed it on top of the den for the cubs to eat. I am sure they probably had been eating for awhile without me noticing, oh well cant be atop of everything! Wink

Anyways after about another 30 minutes one of the cubs noticed the possum and decided to come down for a bite, he saw me there and gave a small menacing growl, thats when I snapped the shot! I have to admit I am getting a kick out of learning how to take shots in low light. One tip that the professional photographer had given me was to set the White balance to Shade and not trust the auto balance. I like the warm effect I am getting on the shots. Well here it is, hope you like it, I will be chasing these little guys around for some time to come


Location: Middletown, Delaware USA (Bombay Hook)
Special Equipment: None
Processing: Saturation and contrast, spot sharpened with hand tool.
Weather: Sunset
Time: 19:30, late evening
Tripod : No
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens : Nikon 70-200mm VR
Focal Len : 200mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Aperture Priority
Metering Mode : Multi-Pattern
Exposure : -1
Shutter : 1/40
F Stop : F 8
ISO : 400

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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BerthaDBluze 17 19
3 May 2006 6:42PM
Wow! You're getting some great tones in these. Wonderful composition with great detail...especially for low light. Smile
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4314 Canada
3 May 2006 6:43PM
Great shot Greg, - the detail is very sharp.

A_Harrison 17 261 Canada
3 May 2006 7:32PM
I've enjoyed these last two shots of the foxes. they have such intellegent eyes.

NevP 17 853 13 Canada
3 May 2006 7:38PM
This is just a beautiful shot, top marks.
AlanBW 16 20 England
3 May 2006 8:30PM
Worth the patient wait - lovely shot Greg
Mavis 20 143 2 England
3 May 2006 8:40PM
I bet his growl scared you Greg LOL . So sweet . Great work xx
C_Daniels 17 399 10 England
3 May 2006 8:59PM
Sweet but not to be trusted...

Nice shot - :o)
donnaree 17 36
3 May 2006 9:05PM
Such a beautiful animal.. but not one that I would like to be close enough for it to growl at me!!

beaniebabe 16 2.3k England
3 May 2006 9:08PM
Greg another great shot, these cubs are beautiful

Angie x
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
3 May 2006 9:21PM
Excellent shot great to see patience being rewarded

ValSaxby 16 146 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 9:29PM
Another really beautiful image.
KBan 17 512 4 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 9:36PM
great capture Greg, i've never been lucky enough to see one in the flesh.
Miles Herbert 19 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 9:49PM another good one Greg.
3 May 2006 9:58PM
They say patience is a virtue and it certainly is for you.

Great shot, well done.
wyatturp 16 2 England
3 May 2006 10:22PM
Yes, top picture of the urban slicker.
TonyA 17 11 Spain
3 May 2006 11:17PM
Great image of that cute Fox cub with perfect eye contact. Patience paid off beautifully.

bricurtis Plus
17 2.6k 52 England
3 May 2006 11:25PM
Another good one Greg. Perhaps he was trying to tell you something !!!!

exposure Plus
18 6.1k United Kingdom
3 May 2006 11:29PM
Beautiful lighting brilliant detail beautiful eye detail and catchlights and a beautiiful composition.
acbeat 17 14 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 11:30PM
great capture good eye contact.

andy b
sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
3 May 2006 11:58PM
this is another great capture, well done.

User_Removed 17 825 Lithuania
3 May 2006 11:58PM
super catch greg!... well done!
cameragirl 17 43 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 12:06AM
Great expression! Wonderful capture Greg!
malleader 19 3 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 12:10AM
A magnificent natural history image. Well done.
sneazy 17 74 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 12:13AM
Another fabulous image!

GillyB 17 317 8 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 12:17AM
Fantastic capture, what a wonderful experience!
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 12:45AM
what a beautiful shot.. and what a way to get it....
keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
4 May 2006 1:19AM
A great moment....but it's not very fact it's blurred.
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
4 May 2006 3:36AM
As always Keith thanks for the constructive critique, but I am sure you realize that taking action shots in low light will have some motion blur, if you have some suggestion that would help me to take the shot better or even better my presentation I would be pleased to hear them, I post my stats and open my shots for mods, a lot more than most do. Thank you for your input.

angelamary 16 6 England
4 May 2006 3:36AM
Certainly worked well on this shot! Beautiful! Gorgeous details. Well caught!

(What strength of light is that good for? Low light or dark? We've been trying to catch images of bats (varies from 'blobs', to 'flying handbags', to 'well... you can see it's got wings on that one!') and our badger shots badly need some help!)
tim g 18 13 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 3:42AM
Fantastic capture.

paulcr 17 1.5k 9 Ireland
4 May 2006 3:47AM
Another beauty. Paul
TessC 16 1 Ireland
4 May 2006 4:36AM
Fantastic Greg, I look forward to seeing more or the cubs. wonderful shot. Very Impressive.
4 May 2006 4:42AM
beautiful shot and capture
Shane136 19 63 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 5:59AM
The best!
itinerario 18 42 Netherlands
4 May 2006 6:47AM
Magnificent image.
jan 1 18 12 Netherlands
4 May 2006 6:48AM
Hello Greg. Superb as always.! It looks he was not amused with your company
Was you the same scared as he was ?
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
4 May 2006 6:54AM
What a great story. You must be having a great time out there. And so close too. This makes me want to find a den. Even my 17-40 might work if I set up a remote controlled cable release. Ah, that's your next thing to try. Set up the camera with the remote release, put a bunch of bushes around it, go behind some cover and hide until they come out. Then snap away from a distance. They will not even know what is up!
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
4 May 2006 7:16AM

The only problem is that there are so many ticks and biting flies getting into the bush could be hazardous to your health! Wink I already have a 20ft remote cable and actually starting working with a setup last night to see what kind of results I can achieve. But what makes me nervouse is leaving a 5000 dollar camera so close to the den and having one of those youngsters knocking it down.

Jasbe 17 116 England
4 May 2006 7:48AM
tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 8:04AM
Superb fox shot Greg...The setting sun really brings out his coat

denka 17 7 Finland
4 May 2006 8:06AM
Hi Greg!
I think you have captured this wild fox real good. I like the wild eyecontact and if he wouldnt bee a cub I would almoust do my pants if he would have growln at me heheh. Very nice capture my friend and I must say you really are a proffessional IMO. Keep up the fine work your doing.

4 May 2006 8:12AM
excellent shot Greg
ChristineL 17 39 United Kingdom
4 May 2006 9:02AM
I don't blame you sticking with these for a while, you're getting some stunning shots, another beauty,
clintnewsham 17 121 1 England
4 May 2006 9:07AM
another beauty Greg, lovely rich colouring, well caught

click clint
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
4 May 2006 9:10AM
LOL Greg, well you're just going to have to debug your setup then! Tie a rope to the tripod directly under the camera, and suspend some rocks in it to weigh it down. If the foxes are too fast under low light, you may have to go for a big prime lens under f/2 if you can find one! Don't worry, it's nothing a few thousand dollars won't fix!
SoupyD 16
4 May 2006 9:21AM
another cracking shot...I love the expression on his face...just wonderful!
Westers 17 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
4 May 2006 10:02AM
Agree it's blurred, but the focus point looks like it's the mouth and not the eyes.

Only way to reduce the blur on a 200mm lens, when hand holding, is to get the shutter speed up near 1/200th or above. Open the aperture wider (f4 or lower would have thrown the background out even more), or go for a higher ISO, or both. Or use flash, which is probably a no, no.

Or invest in some Image Stabaliser Nikon lenses, (if they do them) and that should allow you to shoot a few stops below the 1/200th mark

I think that's your only options.
VNelson 17 3 United States
4 May 2006 10:09AM
The WB adjustment works very well for the colours. Remarkable the clarity you did nonetheless achieve at slow shutter.

It's always transporting to be so close to something like this.

keithh 18 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
4 May 2006 10:25AM
Yep...need to get that shutter speed up towards 1/200 mark. Open the aperture some more and wind the iso up a touch.
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
4 May 2006 10:25AM

The focus was on the mouth, though not intentionally, he was coming down the rocks when I took the shot, this is one shot of a sequence. Agree with opening the aperture wider, but wanted to make sure that I got both eyes clear ergo the F8 setting, I will be going back out tonight for another go and will give the wider aperture a shot.

By the way I was using a 200mm lens with a stablizer (Nikon 70-200mm VR), but it only works well on stationary targets and good light, low light and moving targets seems to effect the vibration reductions effectiveness.

Your points are well taken, thank you.

glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
4 May 2006 10:26AM
Thanks Keith

4 May 2006 10:51AM
brilliant Greg, just brilliant....

cyberhounds 16 11
4 May 2006 11:16AM
Even with the slightly blurry eyes, it's a nice shot to look at. Especially considering the shutter speed! I like it, well caught.

4 May 2006 12:16PM
The colour and detail are top notch.

Pegon 17 78 1 England
4 May 2006 12:17PM
Superb shot Greg, nice warm tones too.
pcjackso Junior Member 17 7
4 May 2006 1:12PM
Hi.This is another excellent capture.lovely detail on this Fox.
tonymarq 16 1 United States
4 May 2006 3:14PM
Greg very intense capture and his eyes you've captured are stunning!

stay well
Retnyap 17 28
4 May 2006 8:41PM
The compilation of cubs are stunning. Wildlife photography up there at it's best.
Davey P.
JouŠo 18 56 Finland
5 May 2006 4:27AM
wow! A beauty, Greg.....

OMG, Greg.....This is a great shot!!

How adorable.....Would Luv to have seen this!

Cheers to another cutie-pie shot,
Suzan Smile
5 May 2006 9:16AM
spot on quality well done greg
daringdaphne 18 82 United Kingdom
6 May 2006 5:49AM
Jolly good for low light, and thanks for the info Greg. What a fierce little soldier

sputnki 18 10 Canada
8 May 2006 4:35PM
Great angle Greg!


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