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Serial Killer

By teocali
Not for the faint-hearted! Sometimes one has to just grab the camera and shoot - I was driving along a forest track with the camera on the passenger seat, when this wild fox, carrying a mouthful of unfortunate little animals, trotted down a sidetrack towards me. The camera was in manual and set for brighter light conditions, but I had no choice but to aim out of the car window, press the button and hope. These were very under-exposed and I have rescued as much detail as possible from the RAW images, but there is still noise and softness.
I felt this was such an unusual shot that I just wanted to share it with you.
Settings:- F/5.6 1/500sec ISO200 420mm manual handheld

This will be my last upload for a week or so as I have to go away again (no internet connection) but I will catch up with you all when I return.

Many thanks, as always, for your continued support Smile

Tags: Wildlife and nature Sports and action

Voters: MalcolmS, SiSheff, skewey and 60 more

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KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
6 Jul 2009 7:18PM
Thank you for sharing, what an amazing sight! She/he must have pups waiting!! You've caught it brilliantly.

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What a picture, makes my fox look drab.
6 Jul 2009 7:22PM
such a rare thing to view them for more than a glimse, a rare shot indeed, congrats. norm
Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
6 Jul 2009 7:38PM
Two superb captures, what a great find.
great capture
6 Jul 2009 7:51PM
Lovely shot and well caught, its always the same your never ready for that once in a liftime shot. Still an excelent pic.. Cool
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
6 Jul 2009 7:52PM
Outstanding Sylvia and great title, must have a lot of mouths to feed.
Envious of this as I think Jon will be.
Great captures
andy210966 Plus
10 4 119 Wales
6 Jul 2009 7:59PM
Hi Sylvia!

I really like the shot!! You have captured a great moment here and sometimes that is all that is required. I think the fact that it isn't the perfect photo in technical terms gives this a far more murderous and raw feel!!

Well seen and taken... I have put up a couple of mods... food for thought really.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 8:05PM
Amazing shots!!
Well captured Sylvia
6 Jul 2009 8:12PM
Wow superbly seen and captured and yes the title says it all you certainly have captured the moment here congrats
Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
6 Jul 2009 8:46PM
Well done Sylvia !!! Great reactions on your part and you certainly have recovered the shot very well indeed. An excellent wildlife image.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
6 Jul 2009 8:54PM
How wonderful for you seeing this. And us seeing your capture of it. What a mouthful this fellow has. Great shot........Sandy
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
6 Jul 2009 8:56PM
Hi Andy
"Due to the softness of the image i used that as the basis for this Mod"

Two super mods - you have really made the eyes come alive. Love both versions - the mono colourised one works so well. Would love to know what you did Smile
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 9:01PM
Wow amazing capture. Well done.
Well seen and captured, good work
6 Jul 2009 9:21PM
Nice captures - and it wasnt the farmers chicken!! lol
6 Jul 2009 9:35PM
What an incredible shot- I`ve never seen anything like it!
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 9:46PM
considering all you describe in getting the shot you deserve a huge well done
7 Jul 2009 12:23AM
A fabulous capture Sylvia... brilliant!

7 Jul 2009 4:05AM
amazing timed shots
TerryMcK Plus
9 72 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2009 8:12AM
A great "grab shot" opportunity well taken, Sylvia. Quick reactions resulting in a fine natural image. Well done.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2009 8:38AM
That's quite a mouthful! You're a lucky one...
and she's a caring mummy as it seems!
Seldom opportunity well used.
DRicherby Plus
9 269 725 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2009 12:03PM
Wow! The subject matter is so compelling that the softness is barely noticeable. For me, #1 is rather stronger. I think it's because the lighting is much better (especially on the catch) but also there's something about the pose that I can't quite put my finger on.

I'd keep the camera in the footwell, though, so braking for wildlife doesn't risk damaging those shiny white lenses. Might also be worth leaving the camera in aperture priority mode so you're more ready for unplanned shooting or, at least, having an aperture like f/5.6 dialled in so you can flick to it straight away.
A Beautiful and powerful image Syliva, love the portrait format and very well done

Wow, Great captures Sylvia, I agree you must take the shot when you can, it's much better to get a reasonable shot rather than no shot at all.
FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
7 Jul 2009 8:53PM
2 cracking shots Sylvia, so well timed and would be happy to have either in my PF, sorry for the clicks on your others but I'm so behind again,
blacky Plus
10 4 1 England
7 Jul 2009 9:18PM
superb shot what a mouthfull just amazining well done.dave
Gezina Plus
11 3 6 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2009 10:32PM
Awsome wildlife photography - it might not be technically brilliant but the moment sure is and you've captured it well enough to share wildlife in it's raw reality - well done mate & I would be thrilled to have these in my p/f - Ina
8 Jul 2009 12:13AM
Stunning close up detail capture Sylvia, great colours, great composition.In the right place well timed.
redshank 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2009 10:49AM
Wonderful capture
cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
8 Jul 2009 7:58PM
superb capture he certainly wont go hungry
What a stunning capture.
Steve_S Plus
12 180 3 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2009 9:52PM
Superb captures Sylvia, well done
franfoto Plus
10 2 32 England
10 Jul 2009 3:57PM
The epitome of what the words (Grab Shot) really does mean.
What an amazing sight to see, 10/10 for your reflexes, for having the camera as your passenger and for not missing a great photo opportunity.
A truly great wildlife shot very seldom seen by any of us. Well done Sylvia, be proud to have this in your portfolio.
15 Jul 2009 3:27PM
Wow... what an amazing picture. I've never seen anything like it.

Well done for having such good reflexes to capture such an excellent grab shot. I'm in awe!

lostintime Plus
10 13 5 Germany
17 Jul 2009 3:59PM
Two fantastic shots, so good that you had the camera with you for this amazing opportunity.
Suehh Plus
10 39 6 England
17 Jul 2009 11:21PM
Gosh! What Can I say! Absolutely amazing and shows the wonders of the camera (and the person who has the camera at hand). Jusrt wonderful to see nature at its natural. Well done indeed.

I know the situation,well shooted Sylvia
22 Jul 2009 7:26AM
Truely once in a lifetime shot. Brilliant capture.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
22 Jul 2009 11:43PM
A tremendous opportunistic capture
12 Aug 2009 1:35AM
gathering for the family by the look of it..well caught.

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