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Red Fox/Renard roux

Red Fox/Renard roux
Photo Information
Copyright: Serge Gagne (sergegagne) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 150 W: 1 N: 136] (401)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF75-300 III USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Canada, Canidae [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 21:44
Viewed: 25061
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red Fox
Renard roux
Vulpes vulpes

Although "red fox" is the accepted common name for the species, not all members of the species are actually red. There are several common colour variations, two or more of which may occur within a single litter. The basic, and most common, colour is red in a variety of shades, with a faint darker red line running along the back and forming a cross from shoulder to shoulder on the saddle. Individuals commonly exhibit some or all of the following markings: black paws, black behind the ears, a faint black muzzle, white or light undersides and throat, a white tail tip, and white stockings.

Other common colours are brown and black. Red foxes that are browner and darker than most of their species and have a cross on the saddle that is dark and prominent are sometimes referred to as "cross foxes." Red foxes that are basically black with white-tipped guard hairs in varied amounts are known colloquially as "silver foxes." Silver foxes are particularly valued by the fur trade, and large numbers were selectively bred in captivity when fox fur clothing was popular.

Red foxes have been called bold, cunning, and deceitful, particularly in children’s stories. In fact, they are shy, secretive, and nervous by disposition, and they appear to be very intelligent.

This individual is a female. The fur of the Red Fox is at its best at this time of the year. This is a bit what I have been trying to highlight with this photo.

Photo taken at the Ecomuseum, an educational wildlife park which I told you about in my note accompanying my Snowy Owl picture.

EXIF data:

Photo taken around 2:00 p.m. Sunny weather.
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: f5.6
Exposure mode: aperture priority
Focal length: 150 mm (Canon 75-300 mm USM zoom with Tamron 2X converter)
No tripod. No fill flash.
Processing: a little cropping
RAW format saved for the Web in JPEG to TN standards with PS Elements 3.0.

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Très belle image du renard Serge. Belle composition, superbes couleurs, détails dans le pelage. Une réussite. Seul très petit bémol: l'oreille coupée un peu juste.
Bravo pour l'ensemble.

Rusé comme un renard. Celui-ci a vraiment l'air de l'être si en se réfère à son oeuil mi-clos. L'expression est très bien rendue. Belles couleurs naturelles et douces. Même remarque que ci-dessus pour le cadrage.

Composition: ***
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Very good portrait, but you cut the ear :-(

You did cut the ear off, however the image does deserve better credit that is due. Let's not get too picky. Well done on the capture. You mannaged to keep him/her focused with softness. Excelent composition.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-12 10:11]
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Bien réussie, cette photo, Serge. Bonne composition et un excellent angle de prise de vue avec cet oeil en plein centre de l'image. Dommage pour l'oreille coupée. Mais il y en a une de complète, et une très belle...
C'est un superbe spécimen qu'ils ont à l'Écomuseum. A-t-il un nom?
Un excellent travail: image et une note bilingue en plus.

Very nice Serge.
Little soft but very good pose, colours abd compostion.
A great note. Nice to see you use the Raw-format.
Very well done my friend.

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  • desmo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 6] (4)
  • [2005-01-28 2:31]

Très belle photo Serge que vous nous offrez la.
Beau rendu des couleurs. Deux bémols cependant, l'oreille coupé, quel dommage et peut etre un leger manque de piqué ou de netteté.

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