This was a particularly tricky image to make due to the light and the fact that I had to photograph this little guy through a layer of protective glass. This is a perfect example of why learning to use your camera on manual is so important, even focusing manually. In a way, I am happy that I didn't start photography when there were high-tech cameras. I had to learn everything. However, I am not knocking technology. There are things that we can do with the newer tools that were never possible when I first started.
A word about the protective glass. This fox was not enclosed in glass. The glass is part of the surrounding. The foxes have a natural habitat and lots of space to roam. The Detroit Zoo is a world class conservation zoo. Ron Kagan, the director, has made strides to do everything possible for the animal's comfort, even so far as to sending the elephants to a sanctuary where they would be more comfortable and happier to live out their lives. The Detroit Zoo does not exist solely for human entertainment and that is why I am proud to have the Detroit Zoo in my community.
From their website:
The mission of the Detroit Zoological Society is to:
- Demonstrate leadership in wildlife conservation and animal welfare.
- Provide a broad audience with outstanding and unique educational opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature.
- Inspire our community with engaging, meaningful and memorable experiences.
- Provide innovative zoological facilities that contribute to the region’s economic vitality.
- Demonstrate organizational excellence consistent with a commitment to outstanding service, progressive resource management and environmental leadership.
The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for 2,400 animals from aardvarks to zebras and features award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and Arctic Ring of Life.