Bruno D'Amicis - Perfectly motionless


After an unsuccessful afternoon in the hide, waiting for red deer, I was waiting for the darkness to come to leave unseen, when a hare popped out in the scene. By the color pattern and the short ears I could see it was a rare Italian hare, an endangered species. The sun had already set and the shutter speed was very long. Nevertheless, wanting a nice picture of it, I kept on following it through my 500 mm, waiting for a moment it would stay still and visible through the dry grass. Nothing. It would graze a bit there, then jump behind a juniper; then scratch. I took two frames, but they were blurred. In the meanwhile, it was getting very dark. I decided to try a different way. I lightly coughed and it stopped, looking at my direction, alarmed. I could then carefully frame the then barely visible hare through my glass and take some perfectly sharp pictures at 2 and even 4 seconds! They are so sharp while the animal was perfectly motionless: a stunning adaptation against predation. Slowly it relaxed again and kept on feeding. I took my stuff and crawled out of the hide into the opposite direction, to not scare it away.

Tags: abruzzi, bruno damicis, endangered, italian hare, italy, lepus corsicanus, mountains

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  1. Kolbjorn said:

    20/09/2011 09:21

    I totally love this picture, what a moment, the blue tone typical for late evenings, and the shutter speed, to get a crisp sharp image of the hare with the shutter open for several seconds, wow, most people would go the high iso route or go home, and the best part - it look so authentic, very nice

  2. Sven Zacek said:

    03/10/2011 22:50

    I love "blue hour" photography both in landscape and in animals category. Here is an example why.