Elizabeth Warkentin  

Red Fox in Grass by Elizabeth Warkentin

January 2021 - Red Fox in Grass

About the Image(s)

I took this image at a park and wildlife refuge near my home, where the animals are wild and roam freely.
I had my Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm lens mounted on a tripod with a gimbal head (which I've since had stolen -- it was brand new!). I took this particular photo at f/8, ISO 2500, 1/640 sec. The fox was super close, so I wasn't able to get all of his tail so I ended up cropping his back end. If I had stepped back with my tripod I may have scared him off and then I wouldn't have got any photos at all. In post-processing I increased the warmth, texture, clarity and sharpness, brought out the oranges a little, and reduced the noise using both Lightroom and Topaz AI Denoize. I also selectively brightened the fox's eyes a little in Photoshop. I wish there weren't so many distractions with all that grass and that I had got more of his body, but it was very exciting to see this fox in the late afternoon light while out on the hunt.

2 comments posted

Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
How great your timing was -- to catch his beautiful face and ears clearly in the framing grasses! Maybe even cropping more to put his face, eyes, and ears and shoulders in portrait-like view would be an option - sort of like the attached. Whatever the decision, I know how the decision to NOT move the tripod (and sorry your gimbal has been stolen; they are so valuable) comes about - you could have indeed lost the whole opportunity.   Posted: 01/09/2021 14:55:07
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Elizabeth Warkentin   Elizabeth Warkentin
Thanks so much, Zina! I did consider cropping more but I thought there were too many distractions for a true portrait shot. Your crop does look good, though.   Posted: 01/09/2021 17:18:05


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