Kathleen Sims, APSA  

 " Gray Fox at Waterhole" by Kathleen Sims, APSA

October 2020 - " Gray Fox at Waterhole"

October 2020 - Kathleen Sims, APSA


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This photo was taken in 2018 with my Nikon D750, Tameron lens zoom 80-400, focal length 180mm at f7.1 and ISO 2500 jpg. The post processing was done using an old Photoshop CS6 program. I started by using auto tone and sliders for brightness, vibrance/saturation, and shadows. I then used content aware to remove distracting leaves in the upper left corner and some in the water. Finally I cropped to remove unattractive elements, then resized and added a slim border.

8 comments posted

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Dear Kathleen, I like photos of animals. Foxes are very hard to find and capture. They are active mostly in the evening and at night.

Low light troubles are seen also from your photo. High ISO has made your photo noisy and unsharp. I see from JPG, that you have used 1/200s, which can be too long shutter for 260mm. You could open aperture more and shorten shutter. Maibe some additional sharpening would improve the quality.

I suggest, that you crop more image on the top to get panoramic view. It would be good to stamp out also other branches on the top. But be careful! Already cropped has left some stains.   Posted: 10/11/2020 12:25:13

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I'm a sucker for photos of a fox. Love the animal. You did well to get this close with a 400mm lens. Bogdan note the excessive noise---you could easily fix the background noise using the brush in LIghroom. It looks like the fox is stalking so I'm guessing the4 shutter speed was probably fast enough----but I'll bet camera movement while you were holding the camera and lens was the bigger problem. Camera movement was likely enhanced by you low angle (which was a perfect choice for the composition).

Nice job.   Posted: 10/11/2020 17:09:20

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
Good posing of the fox. Good cropping and framing by the branches. Excellent.   Posted: 10/12/2020 13:39:45

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Kathleen, what a WONDERFUL capture! Texture, clarity and color of the fox are incredible. I agree with the suggestion of working on the background noise. I would also eliminate or scale back the branch above his back. This image is a WOW and one I'd love to have taken. Well done.   Posted: 10/14/2020 20:13:16

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Excellent shot of a fox. I liked the composition, posing of the fox, color and clarity of the subject. I too prefer a panoramic cropping. It will also partially hide the noice in the background.   Posted: 10/16/2020 13:11:32
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Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I was so busy trying to show it as a Nature shot I missed cropping out the branches overhead.   Posted: 10/16/2020 18:32:54

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Kathleen, wonderful capture of a fox. Good edits. You could crop off the top half of the upper branches and use content aware fill to eliminate the rest of them. Then the fox would have more space above him than in the panorama suggested above.

It's unfortunate that you had to use such a high ISO. If only you had brought along a tripod and had it set up at the right moment, you would have had less noise, but possibly motion blur.
  Posted: 10/20/2020 08:40:12

Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Great pose and edits. To me, a panorama crop works well and puts the focus on the fox. What is the fox stalking? There is a story there! Did you need to use such a high ISO? You might try bracketing ISO in the future to see how low you can go.   Posted: 10/25/2020 21:35:13


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