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A Thief in the Snow
A Thief in the Snow
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Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Bridgeport, CT
Date: Jan 28, 2010
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 1250
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2010

We got a few inches of snow last week (the forecast called for flurries), and there's a fox that lives in the woods below my house. This isn't him. ;-)

It's the same fox I entered a few years ago from the Beardsley Zoo. I went to the zoo specifically to try some snow shots, and the fox was unexpectedly cooperative. I've never seen her moving around before, and the enclosure is VERY difficult for photography. Even in this shot I couldn't quite blur out the fence completely, so I had to dodge some light gray stripes and clone the edges in spots. They're still visible if you know where to look. I would have preferred a more open crop, but it made the fence too obvious for some of my Site Council compadres and I had to crop it. Bummer.

Other editing: Convert from RAW, Levels, Curves, USM, Dodge & Burn, shift yellow channel toward red, light Gaussian Blur and Fade to soften the fur, light Noise Ninja, and a little saturation on the tail.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 388
Avg (all users): 7.0419
Avg (commenters): 8.6000
Avg (participants): 6.9421
Avg (non-participants): 7.3043
Views since voting: 3063
Views during voting: 351
Votes: 167
Comments: 29
Favorites: 10 (view)


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02/11/2010 01:39:10 AM
So close!
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02/08/2010 11:20:43 PM
Terrific Shannon...this is a stunning image of this gorgeous creature. Great score to boot. Congrats!
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02/08/2010 09:26:04 PM
You have captured her both her inner and outer beauty! Stunning image!
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02/08/2010 07:11:49 PM
Fabulous! I think photographing in a zoo or other 'manmade environment' while still making it look 'wild' is a separate accomplishment in itself.

Then, the image. Lovely!
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02/08/2010 03:52:40 PM
Delightful capture - and great title to go with it :- )
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02/08/2010 01:17:31 PM
Delightful image, Shannon. The clarity and colors are out of this world. Congrats on the HM.
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02/08/2010 12:00:17 PM
Originally posted by larryslights:

are the people that scored 2, 3 & 4 just scared of foxes?

They're chickens. ;-P
02/08/2010 10:30:28 AM
are the people that scored 2, 3 & 4 just scared of foxes?
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02/08/2010 08:46:28 AM
Shannon!! That fox just amazes me. It's like he's inches away and he's looking right through me. What a stupendous shot. I just wish he weren't enclosed in a zoo. :(
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02/08/2010 08:28:21 AM
Gasp! I'm in awe. What a breathtaking photo. I just keep looking at it and feeling more connected to that beautiful creature the more I stare!
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02/08/2010 08:16:37 AM
Great shot Shannon!
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02/08/2010 03:37:50 AM
Brilliant Shannon! HM in a Free Study is awesome
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 09:41:55 PM
Wow. Beautiful image!! A favorite for sure. Color and focus and composition are perfect.
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02/07/2010 07:14:18 PM
Beautiful portrait of a wily creature. Great tones and comp. Well done.
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02/07/2010 08:42:30 AM
OUTSTANDING!!!
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02/06/2010 08:19:06 PM
You got a real nice picture here. Wild foxes like nothing to do with humans so you were fortunate to get this shot.
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02/06/2010 06:01:37 PM
fantastic 10
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02/06/2010 12:30:45 PM
Beautiful.
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02/05/2010 09:33:54 PM
I think he'll get away with the crime on sheer cuteness.
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02/05/2010 12:10:59 AM
do these creatures live in your backyard...if that's so...it's sooooo unfair!!! wow such a beautiful shot
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02/04/2010 10:16:28 PM
Beautiful close up.
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02/04/2010 07:11:58 PM
Great capture!
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02/02/2010 06:02:00 PM
Love this!!! It's like he stopped to pose. WOW. The reflection in the eyes is just stellar.
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02/02/2010 04:29:05 PM
Looks like his hair is brushed for the photo and he's giving you a pose. very handsome shot.
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02/01/2010 05:00:11 PM
Beautifully shot and processed. This has got to be in the top 10 if not right at the top!
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02/01/2010 04:04:24 PM
Stunning, beautiful, perfection! Absolutely amazing picture, I love the detail, the colour, the way the fox is looking right at you. Definitely one of my top picks. Congratulations on taking such a fabulous picture.
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02/01/2010 10:51:37 AM
Wow; what a beauty! Gorgeous capture, too.
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02/01/2010 01:41:17 AM
wow...amazing shot...love it 8
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02/01/2010 12:42:05 AM
Stunning, one of my favorites of the challenge. Adding to my fav's.
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