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Curious Fox by Thomas-Koidhis Curious Fox by Thomas-Koidhis
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MOAR pixels + Curves layer for some contrast + Name change as the 'Friend' claim is a bit generous for a single meeting =P


Seeerious...please full view. 1200 px tall for all yas - This thing and the Canon 400 5.6L in general are SHARP and should be enjoyed at the best possible resolution.




A bit of a story behind this one. I sort of followed this fox, from a distance. I crouch-walked down a big hill left over from a landslide years ago, just enough to keep it in sight. For a second I had the illusion that I was being sneaky, but a fox can hear a friggen pin drop from a mile away so it knew I was there the whole time. The fox crossed on front of me, below, and I just walked to the bottom and then spotted it sitting on its haunches staring at the ground...All kinda..sad-like. Sad Fox by Thomas-Koidhis Really, it was hunting a rodent beneath the snow.

I sat nearby and just watched. When it was finished (after a 5 or so foot leap into the air to pounce...Owned by Thomas-Koidhis)...It walked down the hill in my direction. Taking a hint from NG photographer Klaus Nigge, I spoke to it in a quiet voice to make it fully aware of my presence, so I didn't spook the animal too much.

When it noticed me, the fox seemed very curious. It kept cocking its head to the side, seemingly wondering what I was about. I kept on speaking to , and it kept coming closer to me. It got pretty close... less than 10 meters.

From my standpoint we had a really stimulating exchange. It meant something to me, and I'm happy it felt comfortable or curious enough to approach me so closely and grace me with these photos. One thing I didn't notice while I was photographing it -the hair on this fox's lower back is gone - I figure that is just a loss of its winter coat but I'm interested if anyone can tell me anything different that may have caused that.


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:iconnoirerora:
Noirerora Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   Photographer
:)
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
^_^
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:iconjaneeden:
JaneEden Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love all the photos of this beautiful fox, and really enjoyed reading about your wonderful adventure shared by a fox. You are a remarkable photographer, :icongiantlovehug: Jane
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Hey. This is embarrassing, I don't know how I went two years without noticing this comment. Thank you so much and as awfully tardy as I am, it means a lot!
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so cute! You´re a great photographer!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Wow I really appreciate that :) Thank you.
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!
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:iconpurplekyloe:
purplekyloe Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello! I've featured your beautiful deviation here: [link] :D
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
So much appreciated! I'm sooo sorry for not being around for like almost 2 months. I go on these breaks sometimes >.<
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purplekyloe Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
haha it's no problem at all! It was my pleasure :aww:
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:iconazzeria:
Azzeria Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is just such a fantastic piece. Lightning is great, composition is awesome. Feels like the final touch to perfection as he's looking in/towards the camera.
Very, very beautiful photo : )
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Loved how he cocked his head at me! =P
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:iconazzeria:
Azzeria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah I can imagine that : D
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AdMalamCrucem Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This picture is beautiful.
Sincerrely, I totally love the composition, the focus... :jawdrop:
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
So happy you like :)
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skytabula Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!...this is just....Great!!! He reminds me of my cat :D Nice companion pics to go with the story.
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
:) The cat your profile icon looks a lot like my moms cat who is the sibling of the one I own...Pretty cute!
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skytabula Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha...yes he is cute! But so is your fox friend :D
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL, this is so precious! He kinda reminds me of a scientist wondering where to place a hitherto unknown specimen. :D...It's also like he knew you were waiting to catch him in an awesome pose (not that this guy wouldn't look gorgeous regardless of any poses).

Mutual curiosity is usually the beginning of a great friendship. Maybe that particular fox is some sort of animalified (sorry, couldn't find a better word) soulmate? I had that kinda experience with a butterfly. It would be too curious to be scared. I know, butterfly vs. fox is a rather strange comparison but anyway, my point is: you guys sure had a connection.

And I love foxes and their antics on basic principle.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
There are quite a few local foxes but sometimes I am sure I recognize one of them here and there...Who knows, I could have come across this very one (and even photographed it) several times :D I have a few more photos to post of a fox who looks very similar to this one who seemed interested enough in me to not run away immediately and let me take a few nice portraits of it looking directly down my lens. I feel some sort of connection with them in general too I think.
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Jozsef-Mihok Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Great story and great photo! :-)
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
:) Thanks!
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HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
featured in my journal :heart:[link]
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Thanks so much! Awesome feature. Honor to be included.
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:iconzebraa:
Zebraa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Aw he's beautiful, I love his expression :)
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
He truly is! I'm going to post two more of him sometime later today :)
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:iconzebraa:
Zebraa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
I'll take a look at them :)
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
So, even though it's like...four years after the fact, I just wanted to say that since you like foxes and cute fuzzy things, you might want to know that there are now a lot more pictures posted of this particular little guy :) (He's even now my ID LOL)
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ojhaugland Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
incredible sharp and nice picture.. LOVE IT :D
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Thanks so much :)
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6nillion Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow.
You can totally see what his expression is.
Awsome doesn't even cover it.
Not one bit.
At all.
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
:) Thank you
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Callmemephisto Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Not only do I love a fox, I also love when animals make this expression. Infinitely adorable! Wow, if a fox had gotten that close to me I think I would have teared up. That's incredible! Wonderful shot!
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Thank you so much :) It was the greatest
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irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Awesome!!
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
what a lovely story to go with such a nice photo :) I love foxes, their such interesting animals :D nice work!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
They really are :) Thank you for looking, glad you enjoy. :D
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justeline Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Beautiful light, lovely shot! He really looks curious! :)
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
He definitely made my day hehe
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Toyger Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Aww, lucky! That must have been a great moment =^_^=
I've never seen a wild fox, only seen caged ones.
I hope to maybe get a Russian domestic fox one day ("dogs" developed from fox instead of wolf)
They are true domestic animals, but so much prettier and I like their personalities allot better than those from wolves. They look very different from their wild ancestors though. Due to their lowered testosterone (which makes them calmer and less wild)

But what I wouldn't give to have such a meeting like this =)
When I move to England this fall I will keep setting out food for rural foxes. That's quite a common site in the cities there =)
You are more likely to see a fox in the city than out in the wilds. Saw that on a British documentary on Animal planet. That's where I learned they put out food too. =^_^=
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Interesting! Well I guess that is considered an accepted local practice =P I wouldn't be surprised if people here fed the foxes and other wildlife. I'm sure it happens. I don't personally but in some situations, like you explained, the habitats are so mixed that it really doesn't make any difference :)

I have seen Fennec Foxes, but not a Russian Domestic...Or are they the same thing?
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Toyger Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The Russian Domestic is a constructed breed. They selected Silver Foxes by who was the calmest, to make calmer foxes for the fur industry. But what they ended up with instead was a dog like fox. They changed so much physically, simply by picking those with less adrenaline, that they can not be used in the industry at all. They made a domestic pet that barks, wags their tail and shows other dog like qualities =)
There's a great documentary on YouTube about it =^_^=
Fennec's are super adorable. But Norway has strict rules on exotics, so can only dream about it. The Silver Fox is a loop hole, due to the fur industry.
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Very interesting! Thanks for the information!
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done!!!
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
thank you :D
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Line-of-Birds Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're SO welcome!!! 8D
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Rythos Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
This is an amazing shot. <3 I understand the patience had to have, and the energy you had to put out to get this shot. I spent several hours one day "working" with some deer near where I live and managed to get a pretty similar shot - I wish it hadn't been lost in processing. This is a fantastic shot and the fox's position is a beautiful reference. Fox heads are so astoundingly thin, and all. Great work.
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Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Thank you so much. The whole series of photos from this moment is pretty great, I will probably upload them eventually.
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katu01 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Patience paid off with a nice shot :clap:
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:iconthomas-koidhis:
Thomas-Koidhis Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
:)
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