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Algonquin Fox



Wild Algonquin red fox, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.

Wild Algonquin red fox, Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.
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9 Comments | Report
Witmar
 
Witmar November 09, 2016
great shot
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briandrourr November 09, 2016
thanks!
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briandrourr July 02, 2017
Can someone tell me did this image get featured? Its getting a whole lot of traffic all of a sudden? Just curios.
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Paulacook144 November 19, 2017
Lovely image well seen and handled.
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briandrourr November 22, 2017
thank you
kurnykstukaigyvena
 
kurnykstukaigyvena November 20, 2017
beautiful !
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briandrourr November 22, 2017
thank you
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stewartcowie November 22, 2017
beautiful
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briandrourr November 22, 2017
thank you
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LauraAnnG November 26, 2017
Adorable image!
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Owenharris March 26, 2018
What a beautiful shot
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annetteflottwell July 28, 2018
A beautiful portrait of the old guy. Loved your story. I use (never utilised) mainly very old glass and observe as well, yes that is indeed the best way to get a good shot. Here I see people being carried in tourist tins to the perfect shot of a tame tucan. Got much more admiration and time for your gallery
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briandrourr September 28, 2018
why thank you. its gotten all too easy to "get the shot" now a days.
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SuePhillips68 July 31, 2018
Wow how beautiful:0)

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken along the Algonquin Provincial Parks main corridor access road Rt 60 in Ontario Canada. While traversing the southern boundary of the park on my way to an interior park access point I spotting this wise old guy sitting on a nearby hill watching the chaos of human life go by.
Time
this image was captured in the afternoon just before the golden hour with the sun setting behind him.
Lighting
This image was captured utilizing 100% natural light. Strobes and bright lights tend to frighten wildlife away.
Equipment
this image was captured on a Canon 6D with a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 handheld. I did not have time to utilize a tripod or other stabilization device.
Inspiration
For the vast majority of us photographers spending thousands and thousands of dollars on crazy long and fast glass and exotic vacations to far off lands to photograph wild beasts is just not an option. So for me, when opportunities to interact with wild animals from a safe and respectful distance present themselves I take them. This male fox is not young and is likely towards the end of his natural life cycle. despite the odds and an ever-encroaching human population is fox made it to his senior years. He has a wise and knowing face and was not phased by my presence some 100+ yards away. We both just sat there (ok I moved around a bit) and watched each other for the better part of 30 mins both wondering what the other was thinking. it was very intimate and awesome to experience this majestic fox this way. Just goes to show sometimes if you keep your eyes open the best opportunities are sitting on a hill watching you drive by.
Editing
very little at all. the image was captured in RAW format so basic edits to exposure contrast and the like were done but aside from that, the image is exactly as the fox presented himself.
In my camera bag
I usually have 2 full frame DSLR's a Canon 6D and 5DmkIII as well as a crop sensor 60D in addition I keep an 8mm fisheye, 15-30mm f2.8 Tamron, 50mm 1.2 CanonL, 70-200 f2.8 Sigma in my bag. Lastly, I have extra batteries, triggers/intervalometers, parts and tools for field repairs and the most important piece of kit gaffers tape (photographers duct tape).
Feedback
The most I can say is keep your eyes open and be patient. not every shot is going to present its self on the side of the road but you will 1005 of the shots you don't look for. Always be prepared. had I not had my camera at the ready I would have missed this shot completely. I never go anywhere without at least a basic camera set up with me anymore. I am haunted by the shots I wish I had my camera with me for.

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