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PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE FROM MY PHOTO BLIND | behind the scenes, wildlife photography, red fox

PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE FROM MY PHOTO BLIND | behind the scenes, wildlife photography, red fox


It’s there again. I think I lost him. I got a picture with the 600. Look…here… Ah what a moment. I’m sweating. It’s a little past five in the morning and I’m heading towards the photo blind that I’ve set up
down here in the meadow about two weeks ago. And I better stop here and
make the introduction before we continue. To get an indication of what animals do I have here, I’ve put up a game camera just to see
and I have actually seen… I think it’s called marten and
I’ve seen a fox and I’ve seen a squirrel, but this is the first day where I’m going to sit down here and actually see if I can get any pictures and actually to see if I can see any wildlife when I’m here, because all the pictures, almost without exception, are from the night. Like the middle of the night and I can’t photograph in the middle of the night. So yeah I’m just really excited to see if I can get one of the first like… it is if I get a photo of either the fox or the marten or the squirrel, it’ll be the first picture I have made on my land here for, yeah, ages. It’s going to be exciting to try.
So here I have the 150 to 600 my… 600 is in the bag together with a binocular and a thermos full of coffee. So this is going to be a great morning. ♪♪ Okay, there’s the blind. ♪♪ See what’s happening. There’s an intruder. ♪♪ Come on little one. ♪♪ Let’s put him here. ♪♪ Voila ♪♪ So we are almost ready now. As you can see it’s very damp in here, so the lens is… foggy. Anyway. It’s not the first time we have experienced that. It’s just about waiting and maybe… maybe… it’s also time… for a cup of coffee. ♪♪ Let’s get this strap off. ♪♪ It’s always… a decision, I think, to make. What is highest priority?
Is it the best possible image quality with the 600 millimeter on the tripod pointing out.
Of course, that’ll give me a tiny… a little bit sharper images, give me fast,
more precise autofocus. I’ve decided to… go for… make some compromises,
but go for the flexibility [mysterious noise of flapping wings] Did you hear that? What the hell was that? Some kind of bird. Okay, no more talking. I hope you got the point. Let’s look out. Okay I have absolutely no idea what that was. But I think it was a buzzard or something. But I can’t see anything.
If there is a perfect time for a cup of coffee… …it’s now. And I did have breakfast before the coffee. And I’m not a coffee addict. 😉 It’s just that I really really like it. ♪♪ There’s a fox outside. ooh… I have a fox. Look at this. Look at this. Look at this. Isn’t it just amazing? Holy moly, holy moly… I think I lost him. Ah, what a moment. I’m sweating. I love foxes. I think it is my favourite animal if I have one. I hope… I hope… I hope…
I got a litte video here. I just have photos I can show you.
I don’t know if any of this worked. I just really really want to share this moment. That was… I’m sweating. I did not expect that to happen. Okay I have to… I have to concentrate a little on the camera and I promise to turn on that one if something more happens. Okay.
See you in a bit. It’s there again, the fox. Ooh, okay look at this. This is extremely challenging. It’s so hard to vlog, because… it can probably hear me and it can probably… smell me. I don’t know…. but this really hard. Look at my camera, look what I just got. Look at him, look… or her. This is just… so awesome. This are the first fox pictures I get in this forest where I live. Like… I can’t describe how happy I am right now. My first fox photo here. I’m just going to switch to the 600mm, just in case that he comes again, because it’s still quite dark in the forest And the ISO will go up very high. So my plan is to put the 600 on the tripod here because then the 600 is fixed on the tripod and I can take the camera if he comes looking at one of the other directions I could take the camera off and put that one on. And leave the 600 on the tripod. I think that’ll work. Here we go. The little fox. It’s so nice,… because it looks like a grown-up fox just smaller.
It doesn’t look like a fox cub anymore. It’s like pointy ears and a thin face and the colours. It’s amazing. Oh, there it is… there it is. It’s just out here, it’s just out here. It’s that facemask. I got a picture with the 600. Look here. Look at this. It’s gone again. It comes and goes, it comes and goes. So… Nothing has happened for quite a while, but I’m going to sit here for a little longer. I was just thinking, while I was looking out the little… the little blind. I was just looking a little
on the pictures on the camera here. I don’t know if you can see it. Let’s see. Little fox. Look at him. Look at that little guy. And what I can see is like many of the images here, like they are not the sharpest, but like look at this. I really like them, like where he’s walking away from me. I mean because of their high ISO the pictures are not the sharpest and some of them, the little one where he’s sniffing the… smelling the leaf, it’s a little… there’s some motion blur, but it doesn’t really matter I think, because when I look at these pictures I get this feeling of like… this dark forest and the little fox in the morning and that’s what really counts for me in my photos. It’s not… Of course I like it when they’re like crisp and sharp and everything and the ISO is low, but… It’s… there’s something about the…
Like, I can’t explain it. Like, either the photo talks to me and… touches me in some way and… gets some emotion running or it’s just a nice picture. I have these, where he’s either… often when they are looking away from me… when… I really like these photos. And I don’t know, I think it’s because I feel that I’m not presented with a camera.
It’s not that the fox is looking into the camera and I’m there.
When they’re looking away from me or into the forest, smelling the leaf or something.
I’m like… I’m not there. I’m just a part of nature and I get this little window to see what happens. And that’s really nice. It’s so nice to know that there are fox cubs up here and it’s so nice to know that this location, that they actually come down here and I’ve been putting out nuts for the birds. And now I’m also going to put something,
small things, for the foxes to attract them. Because they’ll probably be like… It’s definitely the nuts that I have thrown out that have attracted them in the first place, because photographing the predators, there are two ways:
one way is to sit out and wait and then when they come that’s awesome to do it that way, because you just don’t put any influence to nature and just sit there and photograph. The other way is like here where I have a blind on one location
and then I put out some that they would like like. That can be nuts or small pieces of bread or whatever. Something that they like, but without overfeeding, because by overfeeding you make the animals depend on that place, like… If you’re feeding, feeding, feeding and then suddenly stop you kind of like confuse them a lot because then they got used to that as a foodsource. So it should only be like, this is my opinion… It should only be like snacks and stuff or in the wintertime like a full deer you put out there and leave so that like it’s kind of natural. If there’s a roadkill or something. But here it should just be snacks so that the fox pups are not coming down here and get full every single day. And then suddenly when you and I go on holiday or something or I’ll travel, there’s nothing. So that would be a huge disturbance in my opinion of how everything goes. I think I’ll sit here for a little longer.
The light is very hard now and I think the activity used to be all around 8:00 and that’s now, so I’ll give it a little, maybe an hour more. Yeah, oh isn’t it wonderful.
Like this is… [noise of a bird screeching in the background] Magpie! [Magpie screeching again] I really like the magpie.They are so clever.
No, back to the track. Just in the little forest here with a photo blind,… sit here and wait and like… We could hear nature was waking up
and the birds and all kind of stuff. And then this little fox just appeared in front of us out here and I’m really sorry. Like, I just… I managed to vlog the other day from when I photographed the roe deer. But this was just too hard for me, because… The senses of that little fox just didn’t give me
any room for mistakes. The slightest move, the slightest like so [knocks] sound I made, he was there, so aware. These are the moments that really drive me.
It’s so intense and I love foxes. It’s so nice to just… when I was looking through the 600mm. I just looked the fox into the eyes and he definitely knew I was here and these moments are just amazing and I want to share them. So yeah at some point I’ll be more routined in that vlogging thing. And then I will share this moment. Oh! There he is, there he is… ♪♪ Did you see him? I couldn’t… Oh damn it. Couldn’t again.. I could not hold the camera and put the manual sharpness at the same time. Damn it. I wish I had the dual pixel auto focus in video mode. Anyway… Isn’t it just crazy? Just when I was talking, the fox came.
Once again I can’t say it enough. I have to find a way to vlog from these situations and actually… Yeah Okay I’m going to have a cup of coffee and then you have to forgive me for putting this camera down because, I really need to concentrate on making some pictures and hopefully I can share it with you a little later. But I’m going to make a…
Yeah, I’m going to tell you what happened and if something more happens. Okay, so… Last try, last try… ♪♪ Sorry, I have to turn it off. My plan now is to get out of here, get home, do a few modifications to the equipment with a camouflage tape so they’re not so shiny and reflective and then I’m going to go down here and put up the other blind and I might make a video about that. Put up the other blind because I need more space. I need to be able to sleep here now, where I know animals are here and I need to be able to move around without making all these noises
[rustling noise from the blind] So definitely, now, I have some things to do and before everything else, I’m going home to look at these pictures. Maybe start to edit the video from today with a cup of coffee,
some more breakfast and then… Another awesome day in this little forest. So yeah.
See you out there. ♪♪

100 thoughts on “PHOTOGRAPHING WILDLIFE FROM MY PHOTO BLIND | behind the scenes, wildlife photography, red fox”

  1. Great stuff as always. Your excitement, stories and enjoyment is just absolutely awesome. Cheers!

  2. what an intersting video
    really loved watching this!
    wildlife photography is so beautiful if done right 🙂

  3. Can u give some tips about this. Likes, how to make a best wild life photographer………………

  4. Well Morten, you have done it again. You have BLOWN me away with your amazing video. Def one of your best. It matters not that your on high ISO to me, the shots show behaviour and emotion, so lack of sharpness is more than made up for by that. Not as I find your images soft, but you have captured the spirit of the fox beautifully, and such a young one too.Definitly amongst my fave animals and definitely one of my fave animals to photograph in the wild.Excellent work, your commentary is top-notch and involving, and as I have said before, its as though we are in the hide with you experiencing what you do…..BRILLIANT  🙂

  5. I like to watch and listen to you, You are so funny, and full of motivated in taking a pictures.
    Best of luck from Poland!

  6. What can be said after the beautiful words of Mr. Mark Harris, thanks for making us better people and thank you for taking the time to share these incredible images. Thanks

  7. Love those images of the foxes, so full of wonder and character. I remember rescuing a wounded fox cub many years ago on Exmoor, it’s such a privilege to be so close to wild animals. You don’t need to go on safaris to value, respect and enjoy nature. You have a great channel and your passion shines through.

  8. I really want to get into wildlife photography! Does anyone know a good camera and lens what is affordable for a beginner? Thank you!

  9. Hi Morten, congratulations for your work and your channel, really inspiring. Just a quick question, I've seen you use sometimes the Tamron 150-600, I have the same one and I'm having problems sometimes when using it on the tripod with the VC on. Do you left it on when on a tripod? It works fine handheld, but on a tripod it depend, sometimes when there's some movement (like on a gimbal) is Ok, but if the tripod is locked it looks like the images comes out blurry. Thanks in advance for your help.

  10. I have this blind and I love it, although in my part of the US the morning temps are 85+ F so sitting in the blind is HOT this time of year. We have quite a few foxes in the area where I live, but because of the population of people, they are a bit less skittish than the ones in your woods. Another excellent video!

  11. I just discovered your channel yesterday and I've been watching a lot of your videos since.
    I love the calm and relaxed tone.
    My "Wildlife Photography" is shooting the cows next door with a Panasonic FZ300…
    Your videos really set the mood to be calm and patient, and to take your time.
    That already worked out for me.
    I went out today, trying to really take my time, to be more calm, and I took way better pictures!
    Thank you!
    You definitely got a new Subscriber

  12. This is aweosome
    You are an amazing photographer
    what iso you used in this photograph (12:23)
    and is it possible to somewhere to chill your photos off instagram?
    And
    do the foxes or birds hear the sound of the shutter because apparently in this model it is very loud?

    Sory for bad english :/

  13. Dear Morton, you set up a very good channel. I don‘t know how I found it, but I‘m always happy to find a new video from you when it is online… You‘re one of the very good vloggers, because you take us so close to the wildlife here in „middle/northern-Europe“. It´s so good to see and to learn from your methods for watching and photographing our wild animals here. Thanks for all your interesting episodes, with close to the nature I like…

  14. cool bro… as a soldier in action…I hope is the same but, with a Nikon rifle ..good job !!!

  15. What a very pleasant video, ive subscribed to the channel. Great work morten, I'm practicing wildlife photography but I'm not very good at the moment, maybe one day. Just being out in nature is good enough for me. I've ordered a sigma 600mm sport lense, would this be adequate for wildlife photography?

  16. Enjoyed Your Video, did the same recently near my home in Kanha Tiger Reserve, with an Indian Fox, amazing experiences.

  17. the interaction between the fox and bird was cool I know for you your heart was racing I'm sure the whole time it was there. What a special moment and thank you for sharing. I would have been snapping away taking pics and too busy to film like you did.

  18. Morten this is one of my favorite videos from you! You are truly one of the most humble photographers on YouTube and I commend you for that. Plus your passion and love for nature is truly inspiring.

    For me what gets my inspired besides YouTube and your channel….. hmmm I would say Instagram is a big part but also a close second would be that I go every evening for a walk through a small wooded area here in Germany. This helps me clear my mind and maybe see compositions through the trees in this small forest that I may of never seen before.

    Honestly keep up the amazing work you do. Always stay the humble person you are in your videos and continue to inspire others to pick up a camera and take amazing photos that speak to them. Take care!

  19. @morten hilmer at 13:30 when you are trying to describe the photos and why you, Just Love Them… I LOVE the same exact two photos… …its because you are capturing their personality and in the wild they are so alert, it is hard to find a carefree moment where you can they are enjoying every moment & you captured it!

  20. What a wonderful Video. Oh my, i love foxes so bad 🙂 For me they are one of the most beautiful animals out there. Thank you so much for sharing these moments

  21. Great vlog Morten my 3 favourite images fox sniffing the leaf with eyes closed, the light shining on the fox and the fox between the branches. I cannot decide my favourite. What focus point do you use for wildlife. Keep the vlogs coming love them

  22. I've enjoyed watching a couple of your video's this morning, if you haven't been here. I want you to know that you have an open invitation to Montana USA. We have great landscape, nature, coffee and lots of micro beers.

  23. The world needs more people like you Morten – people who love and respect nature, and will treat even the smallest of creatures with kindness and care. So awesome.

  24. Hej Morten!
    Jeg er en ung fyr på 18 år som elsker naturen og dens oplevelser, jeg er helt vild med at fotografere "wildlife" og prøver at komme ud og fotografere naturens dyr så snart jeg har tid til det, dog er det lidt svært når jeg også er igang med en uddannelse, men det lader jeg ikke komme i vejen for min kærlighed til naturen. Jeg prøver virkelig at blive en bedre "wildlife" fotograf og skabe indtryks fulde billeder. Jeg er en person som prøver at få folk til at have respekt for naturen og min drøm er at kunne leve af at være "Wildlife photographer" , men der er lang vej igen for det, men der stopper mig ikke. Ved at have sådan et fotoblind ville det betyde jeg måske ville kunne komme tættere på naturen og opleve den også om natten, måske om morgen at se ræven eller grævlingen gå hen over græsset, det ville virkelig være så fantastisk!

    Når nu jeg er ved det vil jeg lige sige jeg har fulgt dig stort set fra start og jeg må sige du er mit største idol og jeg holder virkelig af dine værker! du gør et super godt job med billederne og ikke mindste disse youtube videoer som er gået hen og blevet mine favoritter.
    fortsæt det gode arbejde og glæder mig til at se mere fra dig!
    Mvh – Nicolaj

    Instagram @nicolaj.vr <– Letteste måde at kontakte mig på i tilfælde af jeg skulle være så heldig at vinde eller at du kiggede forbi min instagram :D!

    (DETTE ER IKKE MENT SOM "SELF PROMOTION"!)

  25. Hej kære Morten Hilmer,

    De fleste af dine billeder er smukke og meget inspirerende. Jeg er meget glad for

    Skandinavisk, og især den danske befolkning. og dit miljø. På grund af sundhed har jeg ikke været i stand til at gå til Danmark et stykke tid, og jeg savner det. Dine videoer er utroligt smukke og afspejler den dybe følelse af en natur person. Dine billeder er lavet af hjertet, og ikke fra en kold sensor. Jeg håber at se mange flere billeder og videoer af dig. Hvis mit helbred og alder tillader det, håber jeg at besøge Skandinavien igen i det kommende år. Mange tak for din inspiration og deling af dit arbejde med alle fotoentusiaster. Jeg håber, at Google har gjort oversættelsen forståelig. Tak.

  26. Every picture captures nature at peace with its surroundings…free. I am learning so much from watching these videos. I have quite a nature sanctuary on my 20 acres in rural Missouri. Lots of birds and animals which has made me want to learn nature photography. I enjoy how you wait and watch and relish every minute. Thanks for another gorgeous video.

  27. Thanks Morton for this video, I know exactly what you mean about that feeling , right in between the fox and nature. Lucky for me I had that opportunity several times, and I also love foxes.

  28. im thailand i hope you get 1m subscriber ireally hope you can do it i love your channel

  29. wildlife photographer moments full of passion and palpable suspense, I`m sweating only while watching this video, thanks a lot for sharing these awesome moments 🙂
    21:26 I love this photo, what a wonderful moment, so beautiful

  30. I once used fox urine as a cover scent for hunting. I had a fox walk right up towards me and refuse to leave. We had fox coming around for a while because I wore the rubber boots home with the scent on them. Scent is everything when hunting. It's also important to hide your scent with no scent soaps and Arm and Hammer (baking soda) to wash your clothes. Camo helps too. I've had little birds almost land on me while I was in a tree.

  31. i like this kind of videos on your channel when you talk silently and let us listen to the nature sounds and show us the results live ,
    oh look at this look look hahaha

  32. so gorgeous little youngster. it was amazing when the megpie hang out with her then she went to investigate and the bird was like okay that's close enough. the way she sits down you can tell how young she is. like a kitten. I love your videos so much. thank you.

  33. What a great video, well done Morten. Given me the inspiration to look in my area. I live in Australia and pretty sure we have european red foxes lurking !!! For what it’s worth, I actually like the motion blur of the fox sniffing, adds to the photo.

  34. I love this video, I have some throw over hides which I love using. The only Fox shot I have managed is this one:
    https://www.imagistic.com.au/p541829349/hc5267cc2#hc5267cc2

  35. Hi morten, not to be a pest but this video is fantastic my only criticism is that the magpie calling was a jay aha but other than that absolutely fantastic😂love your videos, keep it up

  36. You’ve a cuckoo in the background, have you tried to photograph that subject? Loving your energy, keep the video’s coming

  37. Brilliant video Morten. Like you foxes are one of my favourites and I was lucky enough to capture some shots for a video I took a few weeks ago. Love the storytelling in you videos, makes me stay right through to the end.

  38. I just love your videos you must definitely come to Zimbabwe and I’ll take you to the best birding places in kariba dam please message if you want to come my number is +263778882889

  39. Thank you sir… For sharing your experience with us…. sometimes I think if I could able to be a photographer like you…

  40. Morten, I am so happy to have found your videos! I was curious- your music is beautiful in your videos, what are the songs?

  41. Do you no what you have, It's not the pictures or the animal it's you, You are apart of mother nature therefore giving you that inner beauty to love all living wildlife. Just as i do.

  42. Beautiful video Morten, your images may not always be tac sharp but they definitely have soul and emotion for sure !! Keep up the awesome work !!

  43. Morten Hilmer is taking pictures and shooting unreal things it's the beauty of the hat down in front of you. I love your photos and videos and your approach to your work. May you continue to prosper.

  44. Morten, the fox is incredible – so awesome. It motivates me to take more pictures. We have an urban fox that comes and sleeps in our strawberry patch and when it is sunny uses the bottle brush bush to sleep under. I too am captivated by foxes and have pictures of our fox on the wall. Keep inspiring us.

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