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‘Leaping Arctic Fox’ by Mike Grandmaison by Mike Grandmaison

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Photograph, Archival Ink Jet
9.0 inch x 14.0 inch


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‘Leaping Arctic Fox’ by Mike Grandmaison Churchill, Manitoba. Canada I am almost always delighted to encounter wild creatures, great or small, rare or common. Sharing those exquisite moments when we encounter fellow beings from the animal kingdom in the wild is the reason I photograph wildlife. Photographing animals is no easy feat either. Besides the expensive equipment needed, one requires knowledge of the subject, excellent technique as well as a considerable amount of patience, simply waiting for creatures to show up or to present themselves in a way that creates an interesting image. Far too often, the setting is not ideal, with much clutter surrounding or obscuring the creatures. In fact, much of the wildlife imagery published seldom strays from the documentary world. On this particular occasion, I had traveled to Churchill to photograph polar bears. During our travels in a tundra buggy on the winter trails along the shore of Hudson Bay, someone in our group spotted an arctic fox. In an instant, all eleven of us shifted to one side of the buggy to get a glimpse of the fox. I opted to go outside on the deck at the rear of the buggy where I would mostly likely be alone. It was very cold, with a good wind chill to boot. The fox scurried about through back lit grasses covered in hoarfrost. It was a beautiful sight to behold, the sun having just recently peered though the clouds after nearly six full days of cloudy skies. I observed the fox for a few minutes, holding a 200-400mm Nikkor zoom lens, boosted by a 1.4x teleconverter lens mounted on a D300 Nikon body (the equivalent of an 825mm lens). A tripod was not practical here so I balanced the lens on a bean bag on the ledge of the tundra buggy railing. The fox moved about quickly, looking for prey. Finally, it moved into the light! I anticipated the fox might pounce in the air at some point, as I had observed previously with red foxes at lower latitudes. I would need to react quickly to capture that moment. Seconds later, the fox did leap and I released the shutter just at the right time, capturing a sequence and a moment in time that I will never forget. Afterwards, the fox began to dig a hole in the snow, sensing that food might be in the offering. I made a couple of exposures as it dug deeper, and deeper, to a point when it almost totally disappeared underneath the snow. Years of practice shooting animals, moving combines and so on had prepared me well for that moment. There is often a little "luck" involved as everything comes together for that one memorable image. As Louis Pasteur once said, "Chance favours the prepared mind". Giclé photographic print Printed on Hahnemühle William Turner fine art archival paper Laminated Signed & numbered, limited to 100 Certificate of Authenticity included All materials are archival Prints are securely packed and rolled into a wide tube for safe shipping. They can also be shipped flat. Insured courier service is included for all patrons.

Mike Grandmaison


Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

Looking back to my childhood, I have always had an affinity for the ‘natural world’. Coming from a land ravaged by mining, lumbering, and forest fires, I understood very early the need to preserve our natural heritage. While Canada has always bee... More


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Artwork Details

Type: Photograph
Artwork Height: 9.0 inch
Artwork Width: 14.0 inch
Depth: 0.1 inch
Weight: 0.5 lbs

Ready to Hang: No
Framed: No
Year Created: 2006
Signed: Yes
Signature Location: Bottom right

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