Nice one Hollie, apart from the shadow thrown from the right (Which you could lighten with Shadows and Highlights) its a pretty good capture.
A thought crossed my mind if the light from the right is strong enough, get some extention cable for your flash and set it up seperatly, closer and to the left so it lights the area you are getting the shadow.
you could set up portable lamps of the sort builder use to light the left they can be quiet cheap to buy (expensive to run though) and if you are baiting the fox it will soon get used to the extra light I am told or you could put a fader switch in the circuit so you start low and work upto a brighter light slowly?
TFS yours Robert
- Runnerduck (1851)
- [2006-01-05 13:47]
Hi Hollie, good to see you posting again.
Considering you only had one chance to get this, I think you did a bloody good job! Great detail, and what a pose! Brilliant, good advice from Rob as well, although I think I can offer some better ....... GET SOME SLEEP *LOL*
Thanks for posting.
- Janice (18832)
- [2006-01-05 15:11]
Hi Hollie, good to see you, and your red fox. I know nothing about these animals as we don't have them in NZ. So I am pleased to read that you want to look after him. Very good catch of him for the conditions. TFS.
- Dave (2178)
- [2006-01-05 15:14]
Fascinating reading Hollie! I couldn't begin to offer the first tip, but I'm all ears.
I have to agree with Julia, "Considering you only had one chance to get this, I think you did a bloody good job!"
- gerhardt (11620)
- [2006-01-05 15:28]
I would have a fit if I find one in my garden. I found a genet the other day and had one... extatic! Thanx for sharing.
great attempt and i bet you will get better..my friend had a fox and badger visitors
he used an old camera to rig up a 'fox-talbot'
shot...it was a winner...
he used some slave flash bits and bobs and i think a remote main flash...somewhere in a tree...his garden was like a stage set..
my ws attempts to sharpen and clone out the..garden!!
- liquidsunshine (5437)
- [2006-01-05 16:51]
Well captured Hollie,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure. Don't give up, good luck for the next visit.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.
Good capture. Great pose. Your perseverance is paying off. I've had no night photography experience so will learn from you. Even if focus is a little off it is still a worthwhile photo of a wild animal. Just for fun I did a workshop on it but have reached my photo limit for today and will post it tomorrow. I cropped out some of the distracting foreground and dulled the highlights on the greenery so focus would be on the fox. Looking forward to evidence of your next night time safari.
You are so close to this guy that you do not need the big glass! ( I got your e-mail story on that one, and I am still dreaming of a 500mm f2.8L) I think you did an outstanding job under the conditions you had to shoot under. I did a couple night shots of deer in my yard. I set a high ISO so I could get alot of flash and DOF. I picked a spot where I had manually prefocused the camera. When they walked there I popped one off, cause thats the only chance you get. It still looked like the classic deer in the headlights shot. I would say your auto focus hit that shed door as it looks sharp. The fox is so close to that, he is still in the pretty good sharpness area. I think Geof's workshop helps quite a bit.
I think this is worth 10 points for the effort alone.
Keep feeding it, and it will become a regular feature of your garden becoming more and more used to your presence. Hopefully as the spring/summer come and the daylight hours get longer you might get some good shots in good evening light. I used to know someone who used to feed his foxes each day, and eventually they would sit there waiting for him quite openly and very relaxed...though that took years to achieve!
- zenitlady (794)
- [2006-01-07 20:56]
Hello from Ontario Canada, Hollie! Congratulations on persevering to get Mr. Fox! We have both coyotes and foxes in our area, but knowing how shy the foxes are, I say, well done!! The texture of the fur is surprising, I thought it was smoother. Great job in the limited light. TFP!
- cafecrem (9248)
- [2006-01-13 7:13]
Sorry, I missed your cute photo. But today I tired to look at "fluffy" mammals and I I found your great photo.
- PDP (11769)
- [2006-01-26 17:16]
HI Hollie, it's a great capture considering. I often see them in my street. My ex girlfriend lives in Denmark Hill, next to a pub called Fox on the Hill. There are some very well fed foxes there, so well fed that they often spend their days lazing on the garage roofs in the sun. I must think of an excuse to see her again to photograph the foxes :-)
Lovely shot and I hope you get some better ones. Well done.
- flagman (2408)
- [2006-03-24 9:27]
OK, so the focus point is a little out, but I still think it's a pretty good shot with good lighting. You don't really want any more light than this or it would spoil the atmoshpere, it's supposed to be night time! The flash is just enough to light his white underparts. As for focussing, does your lens have a distance scale on it? If so, you could manually focus purely using that. You'd have to know the distances to different parts of your garden off by heart, though!
- Luc (14767)
- [2006-03-24 20:48]
Une autre très bonne photo.
- sAner (4750)
- [2006-03-25 14:18]
Biy oh boy, I wish I had such animals walking through my frontyard! Excellent! Of course the quality of the picture could be a little better, but thumbs up for catching it on your sensor. I also like the light a lot. The fox looks a little spooky because of it. I hope you will succeed in getting more shots of this nice animal. TFS!