Portrait of a red fox

Photo taken in Valsavarenche (Italy)

Photo taken in Valsavarenche (Italy)
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eelcovanroden June 02, 2016
A beautiful portrait, love the pose!

Behind The Lens

The photo was taken in Valsavarenche - Italy. I visit a lot Valsavarenche as it's a part of the Italian National Park of Gran Paradiso. It's the perfect place for taking wildlife photos.
I was lucky enough as to meet this lovely red fox one afternoon while I was having a walk seeking for some Capra Ibex.
I wanted to capture the greatness of its fur and the deepness of its eyes, so I waited for the red fox to sit in the right position with the sun highlighting its muzzle.
This photo was shot on a Canon 700D with a Canon EF-100-400mm lens. No tripod or flash used.
I always hoped to meet a fox as I'm fascinated by them, since I read the book "Le Petit Prince". When I first saw this young fox I couldn't really believe it would let me get that close without running away. It was simply amazing.
I always shot in raw to be sure I can fix small issues, but I did nothing particular with this image.
In my camera bag
I always bring with me my Canon 100-400 lens, a 18-55 lens in case I see some amazing landscapes and extensions tubes in case I see some interesting flowers.
Wild animals are afraid of any sort of noise, so if someone wants to start wildlife photography one of the most important rules is to be quite, and to avoid any sort of sound. Silence is not the only key for great wildlife photos. It takes a lot of patience too, as each time you go out you can't be sure of what you will see. Actually most of the time you'll simply enjoy a good walk! So, go out, have a lot of patience and... enjoy nature!

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