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Playful duel of two young foxes in summer sunset

Playful duel of two young foxes in summer sunset
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saundrahill
 
saundrahill October 24, 2017
Beautiful
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling December 12, 2018
great capture and composition!
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EuroBen December 13, 2018
Thank You :-)
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JayneBug December 30, 2018
Unique and fun image and capture. Congratulations.
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EuroBen December 30, 2018
Thank You :-)
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barbarabrock January 01, 2019
Awesome shot!
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EuroBen January 01, 2019
Thank You :-)
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barbarabrock January 01, 2019
Wonderful image! I see it's doing very well on Photocrowd also!
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EuroBen January 01, 2019
Thanks, Barbara.
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EuroBen February 04, 2020
Thank you very much to all ViewBug members who gave me their vote! I really appreciate it!
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Imageering February 06, 2020
Gorgeous light. \u1F600
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EuroBen February 12, 2020
Thank You :-)
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gordylindgren February 12, 2020
Beautiful !
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EuroBen February 13, 2020
Thank You :-)
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catherinethompson February 13, 2020
Brilliant capture - congratulations.
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EuroBen February 13, 2020
Thank You :-)

Behind The Lens

Location
I created this photo during private photo event with my good friends photographers in the Czech Republic. We took advantage of a unique opportunity to take a pictures of a tame young foxes, which moves free on the meadow. I asked for this scene in direct backlight by the setting sun.
Time
This photo was taken on 24 June 2017 at 20:50. It was a very warm summer and sunny weather.
Lighting
The evening soft light was amazing and I lay in the meadow to have the lens as low as possible above the terrain. And I expected a suitable composition when the foxes would be directly opposite the low sun to capture the glowing aura. I was lucky and managed. It did not take long and I got the right moment and so he could create this photo against the setting sun.
Equipment
This photo was shot on a Nikon D5, with a lens of 400 mm f/2.8, aperture f/4, shutter speed 1/1000. I used the RRS Carbon Tripod and Jobu solid gimbal head.
Inspiration
My nephew Tomas is a professional photographer and makes very impressive portraits of people against the sun. I wanted to try it even when photographing an animal. The furry fox fur was a very attractive object for me. I love nature and especially wild animals. But I'm very busy at work, now I can not take part in a time-consuming wilderness expedition. And I think that collective photographic expedition directly into the habitat of the endangered big cats is not correct. That's why I took advantage of the unique possibility of assisted or arranged photographing of a tame wild animal in human care, that does not shake the human presence and creates only small risk for the photographer.
Editing
I used only minimal adjustments in Nikon Capture: brightness, contrast, white balance, highlight protection. I love natural photos. Shots without big adjustments. I try to capture all my photos so I do not have to use the post-processing. I know it is very modern and trendy today, but I do not work with PS or LR or other sophisticated post-processing software. I invoke my NEF only in Nikon View and Nikon Capture and make only minor edits. Maybe my photos could be even more attractive, but I want to show real reality.
In my camera bag
The contents of my robust Tamrac bag is primarily a powerful digital camera that I can rely on in every weather. Now I'm normally using the body Nikon D5 and the backup body Nikon D850. I normally wear Nikkor lenses 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8. These "workers" have always been with me. On the "macro" action I take the excellent old micro lens Nikkor 200 f/4 or micro lens 105 f/2,8. For animals and birds photography I need to pack "heavier weight" - I'm using the lens Nikkor 400 f/2.8 and now also a new lens Nikkor 200 f/2. The last two months I test the new mirrorless Nikon Z7 with my fast lenses.
Feedback
When it comes to photographing the endangered animal species, I recommend the form of "assisted (arranged) photography". It's about photographing a species of wild animal that is in human care. The animal is tame, working well with it, and it is especially safe for humans. Most importantly, the photographer does not disturb wild animals in their natural biotope. Today there is a trend commercial group photographic expeditions to exotic countries. From the yield is funded the rescue of endangered animal species. But too frequent visits of groups of people in animal biotopes are very disturbing and stressful for endangered animals and their food chain. These expeditions can become very destructive for small animal populations and, instead of rescuing animals, can speed their extinction. We all photographers have to think, whether our money really helps those animals.

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