Bruno D'Amicis - Desert star


This is one of my most sought-after and beloved images. On a starry winter night in the Sahara desert, as the moon rises, an adult fennec fox breaks the beam of a camera trap setup and takes a picture of itself. By combining a brief flash beam with a very long exposure (30 sec at f/4, ISO 3200), I managed both to get a sharp subject and a little of the amazing desert nocturnal sky. The camera trap setup had been placed along a wildlife trail and remained in function for almost one month. Until I wouldn’t master the technical side of it and overcome issue (sand, wind, rodents chewing cables) I didn’t manage to get anything good. Who said that camera trap is not nature photography, is misunderstanding it, I guess: it is tremendously difficult. The morning I checked my camera and saw this cuties popping out of the LCD it felt like Christmas.

Location: Tunisia, Africa

Tags: bruno damicis, desert, dream, fennec, sahara, stars, tunisia, vulpes zerda

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  1. Johan Van Hoof said:

    20/07/2014 10:26

    Stunning Image Bruno !!! Congrats with it !!! Also congrats with the award you've received with the pictures of this subject ! Well done ! I have seen you will be one of the speakers at this year's WPotY in London. Setting up a camera trap is hard thing to do for sure, it gets underestimate !!! Kind regards Johan

  2. Harma said:

    20/07/2014 11:43

    Absolutly wonderful...

  3. Werner said:

    20/07/2014 12:42

    Soooo good!

  4. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    20/07/2014 13:29

    Another fabulous fennec shot. I'm speachless.

  5. Sandra said:

    21/07/2014 00:15


  6. Wysoki Niski said:

    21/07/2014 01:51

    Great! Thanks for writing backstage story

  7. Dieter said:

    21/07/2014 10:22


  8. Sergio said:

    21/07/2014 23:56

    In my own opinion as wildlife photographers we are allowed to use all the available tools... We must document the animal behavior, not bring back a "trophy"... Avoiding to disturb the subject of course. And camera trap is the perfect tool. Well done Bruno!