A Quiet Morning With a Special Friend

The pictures below were made in early 2010 and were the second to last fox photos I made.  Normally I would show this type of imagery one or two at a time and in the context of slighty bigger picture images.  I felt that this was a better indicator of how close and personal I was with my little friend.  The truth of the matter is (of course) that a fox is a wild animal and I respect its right to have some space.   When they walk straight up to you (with no baiting or other techniques) and relax, I’ll take those shots every time.

One of the questions wildlife/nature photographers have to ask themselves is….is it okay to photograph and show plants and animals that have been introduced and may be harmful to the environment.   My view has always been to push the cause of not introducing plants and animals across the natural boundary lines that exist.  To not photograph those plants and animals and pretend they do noy exist in the natural world has always seemed silly to me.  They are valid nature subjects in the region that they now exist.  You can still sing from the mountain tops about the problems that are created by forced or accidental introduction.  I suppose I could try to make a Mute Swan or a House Sparrow or a Japanese Beetle look ugly.  That would seem a bit disingenuous to me.  Bellow is the kaleidoscope that Japanese Beetles become when they are viewed covered with dew in the morning light.

Is there a time when you shouldn’t care about your subject?  Well from a photographic standpoint yes, sometimes it is a good thing.  I am writing specifically about the photographic discipline of at times, divorcing yourself from your subject and seeing it only in graphic terms.  Before and after that moment you of course can love and value the subject for what it really is. 

When I work with autumn colors the technique of seeing my subject graphically is one I often employ.  I compose line, color, tone and texture rather than trees.  Below is an example of composing color and tone.  It ceased to be what it really is.  Generally as I move along and make more pictures I tend to become more and more abstract as we see in my second photo.  Wildlife are not immune to this technique.  The Sandhill Cranes along with the duo tones of the summer fields.  Composing this image became a purely graphic exercise for me.  Of course they turned back into cranes as soon as I clicked the shutter on that photo.

After leading a 1980s (technology wise) kind of life for a while, I am obviously temporarily back to writing blogs.  I even made some images a while back.  This will not be a permanent change but it sure feels good when I do it. 

Thank you and have a special kind of day.

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