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Dainty Elegance

Dainty Elegance
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): African Canines, Canidae, BEST OF: Foxes, Maned wolves, & Jackals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-02-20 11:33
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is our only true fox, the Cape Fox - Vulpes chama 35 cm at the shoulder, weighing in at about 3 kg. This is NOT a thief, although they are nocturnal and very shy. During the day, they shelter in dens – holes dug in the sand or borrowed from springhare or aardvark, or in groundcover below thickets. It uses a drawn-out, high pitched howl to communicate with other foxes. Please note that this is NOT the Fenic fox, we do not get them here in SA.

My wish list for our trip to the Kalahari included, inter alia, seeing this little fox for the first time and also, just maybe, being able to get some shots of it as well! This one I recon is the most successful of the five pictures I got. It was early in the morning, the sun was just poking its nose over the horizon, when we came across this guy within shooting distance, just off the road. The rising sun created a lovely halo in backlighting behind his body. You can look “through” his ankles, they are that translucent. As usual, the sighting was . . . on my wife’s side of the car! I had no time to get into the back seat, so just sort of leopard-crawled onto her lap and poked the lens through the window into the face of Mr Foxie here. He was lying down, then got up and trotted away, stopped for two seconds with his body turned sideways into the sun, then turned & disappeared into the river. A magic moment, one that both of us would go back to maybe see again. It is said that once you have felt the red sand of the Kalahari in your socks, that you will forever have the urge to return to this beautiful strange, harsh and yet so subtly gentle land of red dunes and majestic animals.

Venue – KTFP, Auob Road
Date 7th December 2004
Time 06h18
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,3 EV.
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 400 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/125 @ F10
Flash – Ballanced iTTL off camera SB 800
Support – Handheld
PP – wee bit of cropping; levels; hue/ saturation; S/C; Some USM; reduced to Site size.

PDP, elroyie, marhowie, extramundi, red45, Signal-Womb, pompey, Fisher, JeanMichel, willie, jhm, dew77, liquidsunshine, carper, NINIX, Luc, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-02-20 11:51]
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Hi Callie, he does look dainty and in need of a good meal. The fox looks great backlit like that, the composition is spot on as ever. Very nice note too. Thanks for posting.

PS. if this is the least successful of the five I think you should post the other four! Or have you already? I'll have to look.

Great catch and very good use of the backlight that creates a natural frame for this thin fox.

Callie, I like the back-light effect and the alert pose. Composed well with good details. One of my first posts on TN was the Common Grey Fox here in Texas..though not near as nice as this one! Well done!!

Excellent shot confirms your skills in long distances. The contour created by the BG lighting is superb. I would invite him to a good chicken! Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-02-20 13:16]

Yes, backlight make the picture. Very sympatic animal. I like foxes - they're very smart. Great 'where is my food' pose :-)

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-02-20 13:17]

Excellent capture with good light and
shapes. Well done!

Superbe photo!
Very vigilant eye! Great shot!


Great shot Callie.
Very cute fox, with big ears, a nice big tail but he need someting to eat.
Great composition and good details and a great note.
Very well done.

Nice one Callie a well captured image, though I would never of mistaken it for a Fenic too long of leg and body for that. TFS

This is very very nice Callie. The light here is just stunning. Great work.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-02-20 15:26]

Great shot Callie, a lovely brush.
Good lighting, composition and note.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-02-20 16:55]

I was wondering if anyone was going to try backlighting on their subjects with a DSLR, well, I see one.!!!!!!!!!! Excelent capture, a beauty. Well done on this composition.


Precision shot in a perfect pose. Superb at such a distance, The sunlight is with you to give this beautiful and strange dog a kind of supernatural look. Really looks sly here.
Well done, Callie.

Great pose on the fox. Excellent composition. Well done Callie

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-02-21 2:20]
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Goedemorgen Callie,
Ook deze vos heeft kunnen om praten om zo mooi in houding te staan voor de foto, want dit is wel een zeer mooie, ik hou werkelijk van uw dieren reeks, prachtig scherp.
I enjoyend to look ay this photo.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-21 6:29]

Wonderful picture! Great composition, details and POV. TFS!

Fascinating note and a fine looking creature, translucent ankles and all.

Great composition, superb light, I'd like to see one like this here.
Well done.

Nice shot Callie,
Great pose, details, colour and clarity.
Like everyone else, I think the backlight adds that bit extra to another great shot.
Thanks for posting

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-21 12:44]

Hij kijkt een beetje gemeen Callie,
Hij lijkt me erg slim. Uitstekende foto, ik heb het ook wel eens geprobeerd, nou dat ging dus presies hetzelfde als bij the kingfisher. fun. erg goede foto goed werk

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-02-21 14:24]

Ha Callie,

Prachtige foto! Bijna tegenlicht. Mooie met het licht er achter door de staart en op de poten.
Ik ben echt jalours!



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-02-21 14:52]

Your note gives me the taste to go to Kalahari only to live such a magic moment, Callie. If I was not so poor and so old (???) I would leave tomorrow morning.
The aura of light around the fox and specially through the tail is simply magnificent.
A perfect work of photographer and writer, my friend.
The enjoyment to take such photos has its equivalent only in the enjoyment to share them with people who have no leisure to live such moments, I believe.

WOW! Callie, I love the backlight on this one. Are all their tails this long. I have never seen this critter in the wild. Exceptional capture, well done.

The fantastic light faling on this, indeed "elegant" beauty is very nice.
Also the pose of the Cape Fox, a nice tiny animal

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