With deep snow covering the hills here in Ohio, I couldn’t resist taking Rowan out for a romp in the white and fluffy. Grabbing a rope toy for Rowan to retrieve, we headed out to a nearby field.
My goal was to take action photos, high speed images of Rowan racing through the snow. Rowan’s ‘fox red’ coat looks especially good in early- or late-day sun, so, I took her out to a hilltop where the last golden rays were lighting things up. Generally speaking, dog action shots require shutter speeds of at least, say, 1/1000 second. That means that strong sun, medium to wide apertures, and medium to high ISO settings are often best.
I shot at 1/2000 to make sure I stopped the action. I changed the aperture slightly as I shot but generally kept it around f/5.6. Given the late light in the day and the high shutter speed, I set the ISO at 800.
Repeatedly tossing the colorful rope away from the sun, I zoomed in on the toy with my 70-300mm f4-5.6 lens, tracking Rowan as she ran back toward me. She looked beautiful front lit by the golden-hued sun. I took about 100 shots, of which a handful were good: eyes visible and in focus; head, ears, legs, and tail in pleasing positions; and good backgrounds.
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