Tip #19. Consider your background

Tip #19. Consider your background

This image was actually shot in a residential setting. But by correctly positioning myself I was able to get a natural looking background. There were many angles to photograph these fox kits, but most of the other locations would have had a fence or building in the background. I know from experience it is easy to get shutter fever and take a bunch of images only to realize later when you look at them enlarged on a monitor that there is a utility line, fence post, farm building, or other distraction in the background. When locating yourself or your blind, take a close look through the lens at the background to make sure there is nothing to take away from the image. If so, you can often move a few feet one way or the other to eliminate the clutter. Fox kits or pups suckle for the first four to seven weeks. The kits emerge from the den at about four weeks and hunt earthworms and insects, but these form only a very small proportion of their diet. The adult fox bring mice, moles, rabbits and other small prey for the kits.