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DNPhoto
10-03-2011, 01:58 AM
I always enjoy the drive up the Alaska Highway to Whitehorse. It goes through some great wildlife areas. This latest trip was no exception. I came across a beautiful black fox running along the ditch. I pulled ahead of it and got out to get some pictures. It didn't seem to mind as it kept running and came within 30 feet of me.

Over the next 30 minutes I leapfrogged in front of it countless time and let the fox run past me. It would stop once in a while to hunt for mice or something. It eventually decided to head deeper into the woods. What a cool creature!


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6154/6194563668_a28b207378_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194563668/)
Black Fox 15 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194563668/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6012/6194560170_a7da0941c9_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194560170/)
Black Fox 5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194560170/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6196816109_d3849f4867_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196816109/)
Black Fox 18 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196816109/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6194563418_41b561c8a8_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194563418/)
Black Fox 12 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194563418/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6127/6197333288_5647a0e9f4_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197333288/)
Black Fox 34 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197333288/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


After a while I decided to try some panning shots using slow shutter speeds.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6139/6196961415_d50fa723c6_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196961415/)
Black Fox 54 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196961415/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/6197478208_6ef90ef602_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197478208/)
Black Fox 60 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197478208/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6197478724_029c28c551_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197478724/)
Black Fox 42 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197478724/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr



You have to love the cooperative wild animals. Thanks for looking at the images. Any comment or suggestions are always welcome. Thanks!

JAS_Photo
10-03-2011, 02:35 AM
Nice shots, Dan. Looks like he got some sort of bird.

DNPhoto
10-03-2011, 02:42 AM
Thanks! The wing was already on the ground and the fox just picked it up. To be honest I didn't even know it was a wing until I looked at the picture later.

On another note, I took these pictures the other day just north of 60 near Watson Lake, Yukon. It was only the second black fox I had seen. Today I'm in Inuvik, NWT (inside the arctic circle) and just ran across another black fox. I only managed to get a crappy far away snapshot. I thought black foxes were rare, 2 in like 3 days. Cool!

JAS_Photo
10-03-2011, 03:31 AM
Oh, that is cool! To be honest I have never even heard of a black fox before seeing it here.

Mad Aussie
10-03-2011, 04:10 AM
What a fantastic opportunity! love the clarity in those first few shots. He looks like an old fox too with that grey fur.

edG
10-03-2011, 06:46 AM
well made, the sharpness is the first few is just stunning

Wicked Dark
10-03-2011, 08:32 AM
thanks for sharing those. It looks like such a lively and interesting animal. You've done it justice, ya lucky bastid! ; )

Bambi
10-03-2011, 08:57 AM
great find! I love the first shot- the detail and clarity are perfect

Hillbillygirl
10-03-2011, 09:50 AM
Awesome captures of a beautiful creature Dan. Love those first three especially.

Marko
10-03-2011, 10:16 AM
I agree w/WD here! You have indeed done this fox justice - Very cool set. Dig the comps and sharpness!

jude01
10-03-2011, 10:21 AM
beautiful set, I really like the eyes in the first shot

DNPhoto
10-03-2011, 01:21 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments. I took a ton of shots. Here are a few more.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6197332910_347e9a997a_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197332910/)
Black Fox 25 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6197332910/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/6196816881_99b2572175_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196816881/)
Black Fox 24 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196816881/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/6196816647_c40950d4b1_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196816647/)
Black Fox 23 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6196816647/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr


That same day I also got this one of a caribou crossing a river.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6138/6194492530_84994c2662_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194492530/)
Caribou Crossing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6194492530/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

Thanks again for the comments. To see all the fox images, they are posted on my Flickr stream.

This new fox was 1000kms north as a crow flies or about 1700km driving. It couldn't be the same one. He wasn't that fast of a runner.

Here it is at 100% crop at 4000 ISO.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/6208245170_5d7ea0c00c_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6208245170/)
Black Fox-2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/6208245170/) by Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/9453805@N07/), on Flickr

Hillbillygirl
10-03-2011, 03:23 PM
More beautiful captures Dan. Love the sharpness of that first one in this last set, and the tension in that second shot also. excellent work.
That Caribou shot is something else also. Makes me feel cccccold.

Iguanasan
10-03-2011, 03:45 PM
Wicked shots! The fine detail in the first few are awesome and I love the motion in Black Fox 60. Great stuff! :thumbup:

asnow
10-03-2011, 07:43 PM
Amazing shots. Like the others love the sharpness in the first few, #34 with the feather, and the motion in #60.