Three of a kind
After a successful evening with an adult red fox, I was itching to take more pictures of the fox family. I moved my photo blind closer to the front of the den and left it there for a few days. Most animals wouldn’t care about a photo blind, but a wary animal like foxes know their environment very well.
Of course,… things didn’t go as I planned. For the next two days, the fox kits were so wary that they didn’t even come out of the den. As you can imagine, sitting in a photo blind for hours in a hot and humid day isn’t necessarily fun.
The third day, I tried something different. I sprayed myself with a scent eliminator and went into the blind well before sunrise. The first hour I saw one kit poking its head out a few times. The second hour I saw a second one and then a third one poke their head in and out of the den. At last, the next hour, a magic happened. All three of the kittens came out of the den at the same time.
Startled at the sounds of camera shutter, they pointed their ears and looked straight into my direction. With a 600mm lens with 2x teleconverter, I decided to have more depth of field (f/stop) to get all of them in focus. I set my f/stop at f/11 and sacrifice a shutter speed, as slow as 1/60sec.
With a new Canon 1D Mark IV, I was able to set ISO at 1600. Amazingly, this new Canon camera allowed ISO to go this high and still managed to produce sharp images. How sharp? I made a 24×36 inches print and I could see every hair on them.