Storm fox

Jonny Armstrong's Image

Jonny and his colleague willed the red fox to reach them before the heavens opened. ‘Adjusting the manual flash was awkward,’ he says, so he pre-set the power for a soft spotlight – just enough to bring out the texture of the fox’s coat at a relatively close range.

Red foxes live in diverse habitats across the world. Jonny had followed this fox over several days, watching it forage for berries, pounce after songbirds, and playfully nip at the heels of a young brown bear.

Behind the lens

Jonny Armstrong

Jonny Armstrong


Jonny is a professor of fisheries and wildlife ecology at Oregon State University, USA. He uses photography to communicate science and conservation, and is particularly interested in pursuits that blend artificial and ambient light, such as camera trapping and underwater photography.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17–55mm f2.8 lens at 17mm
  • 1/250 sec at f8  •   ISO 400 Nikon SB-28 flash radio-triggered Photek Softlighter
  • Karluk Lake on Kodiak Island, Alaska, USA
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