Bruno D'Amicis - Desert star

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

Posted on 20.07.2014
Photo info - Camera trap setup with FF DSLR, 17-40, fill-flash
Tags: bruno damicis desert dream fennec sahara stars tunisia vulpes zerda wildlife photography
Bruno D'Amicis - Desert star

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

Posted on 20.07.2014
Photo info - Camera trap setup with FF DSLR, 17-40, fill-flash
Tags: bruno damicis desert dream fennec sahara stars tunisia vulpes zerda wildlife photography