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.
Rowan, our ‘fox red’ Labrador pup, retrieves a rope toy in the snow. In comparing two similar images here, I refer to this photo as the “level-rope” image. Canon EOS 7D. Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C. at 90mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec., ISO 800. Processed in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Photo © 2014 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.
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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