I walked outside in the deep snow to make my way to my bird feeder that I stock with black oil sunflower seeds.
On this mountain, I don't get many species, but I do have plenty of mountain chickadees, black-capped chickadees and evening grosbeaks.
While filling the feeder, this red fox emerged from the bushes and approached me. It was finding some sunflower seeds the birds had dropped into the deep snow. The red fox lay down in the snow to watch me; it was only 10 feet away.
I used a Canon R5 with a 100-500mm lens at a focal length of 363mm and was on full frame crop mode. ISO was set to 500, and I used +1 exposure compensation to produce the first blinkies in the snow. Exposure was f/9 and 1/1000sec shutter speed. I shot handheld in the deep snow, sat in the snowbank, and braced my elbows on my legs, much like shooting a rifle in the sitting position to steady the camera and get a sharper photo. This image is not cropped at all, and I processed it with Canon's DPP4 in about 1 minute.[the_ad id="61677"]