From a friend I got the tip that there was a dead fox at a badger castle known to me. I had no idea what I would find there. A badger castle is quite large because there are always several pipes dug. It took me a while to find the dead fox, it was much less noticeable than I expected. I had hoped to find a fairly intact fox with a nice fur and tail. The body, legs and tail were barely recognizable as he was now. His head with the bared teeth was a rather lurid face. I decided to enhance the lurid atmosphere with underexposure and the use of flash light. By shooting with a wide-angle lens, the subject comes at you and the background is also shown. I have manually set the camera as well as the flashes. To start with the camera, to get the background dark, I am going to be underexposed, the aperture is at f / 11, only then I set the shutter speed. The flash transmitter is then turned on because otherwise I cannot judge the normal exposure on the screen. Then I will set the flash capacity. First the main light source, the flash at the top right. Just choose a setting, take a photo and rate it. You will see soon enough whether it is good or too much or too little. Then the second flash to illuminate the teeth and soften the hard shadows of the main flash slightly. After trying different settings I am satisfied with the end result.
If you think that I should not have taken this photo, my answer is that dead nature is also nature and the emotion that it evokes is worth trying to express in images.
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