With all wildlife subjects I’ve photographed, Red Fox is one of my all time favorites. They are very smart and witty. More often, they can outsmart me. It doesn’t matter what I do to conceal myself. The fox always knows that’s a foreign object.
This spring I was fortunate enough to locate a fox’s den over the hill behind a residential home in the countryside. The forest was very dense, so it was very difficult to get a good light and a fast shutter speed to freeze the movement.
I put on my camouflage clothes and sat quietly against a tree. For hours as I waited, the fox didn’t come close enough. Just as the sun was setting behind the hill, the female fox came back with food to feed her youngsters. She sat over the hill covered with moss right in front of me. The light was on her perfectly.
I carefully rested my hand on the top of my lens in an attempt to stabilize any vibration – this technique is called long lens technique (or LLT). The shutter speed was 1/10sec even with ISO setting at 1000 ISO – I could have gone higher with my camera ISO, but then I would have had to sacrifice details and add much noise in my image. I held my breath as I pressed my shutter button. I took eight shots, three of which were on focus. The fox moved off quickly as soon as she spotted me. But it was one of those incredible moments in my photography experiences.