Li'l bunny, big catchlight

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© Tom Cooper on August 17, 2012

There's a silver fox that lives in our neighborhood...

theverbiage on August 19, 2012

Hello Austin, good to see you 'round these parts. Do you have a picture? Something's telling me you've seen it more than once... Or have a story or two about it. Any chance "we" could hear it?

© Tom Cooper on August 19, 2012

My first encounter with this guy was late at night when I was trying to take photos of star trails (all miserable failures, but that's another story). I could hear him with his hoarse barking, and eventually realized he was barking at me. These foxes will challenge anything, until the challenge is answered, then the only thing that matters is the nearest faraway place. He probably came within 30 feet (~10 meters) when I gave one good bark back, and that was it. The thought of turning on the flash and shooting him, well, I let the opportunity escape. On another occasion, again late at night, I was alert enough to turn on the flash. I have several photos of a barely visible fox with clearly glowing eyes.

Finally, light, fox, and camera came together, and I was not quite ready. But this is what I have: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/26906481

I still hear him (or his/her descendants) from time to time. They keep the rabbit population down. I give them their space because, though it is uncommon, a neighbor had to deal with a rabid fox some 5-10 years ago.

Nick Weall on September 5, 2012

Ker risp shot ~ I looked for your reflection in the bunny's eye, but whilst I'm sure you are there even fully enlarged my poor eyes cannot be sure ~ lovely shot though ~ best wishes ~ nick

theverbiage on September 6, 2012

Oh, but if I'd focuses on the reflection (about 10 meters away behind me, I guess), the bunny (about 2 meters from the camera) would be out of focus... The way he was posing, I had time enough to do focus stacking (focus on one, shoot, then focus on the other and shoot), if only I'd remembered about that in the heat of 150 or so moments :) Thanks, Nick!

Nick Weall on September 6, 2012

I think probably it would be better to find a horse to try this trick with :~) All the best ~ nick

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  • Uploaded on July 16, 2012
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    by theverbiage
    • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
    • Taken on 2012/07/13 07:17:28
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 400.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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