DavidMonty
DavidMonty

Australian Shepherd



My parent's Aussie "Bear" enjoying a heavy Michigan snowfall.

P.S. Yes, that's his tongue HAHA!

My parent's Aussie "Bear" enjoying a heavy Michigan snowfall.

P.S. Yes, that's his tongue HAHA!
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Bessieyoungphotography PRO
 
Bessieyoungphotography January 02, 2016
Love this !! Too cute :)
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 02, 2016
Thank you very much Bessie! :)
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake January 30, 2016
Love this !
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 30, 2016
I'm so glad! Thank you very much Renee!
Xenya
 
Xenya February 10, 2016
Love this image! Great work!
DavidMonty
DavidMonty February 10, 2016
Thank you very much Xenya! :)
amuschik PRO+
 
amuschik March 02, 2016
Love it! Nice shot.
DavidMonty
DavidMonty March 02, 2016
Thank you so much amuschik!!!
Tmac
 
Tmac March 23, 2016
Good lookin animal.
DavidMonty
DavidMonty March 24, 2016
Thank you very much Tmac! He is a beast! :)
Eowyn
 
Eowyn March 25, 2016
Great Shot
DavidMonty
DavidMonty March 25, 2016
Thank you so much Eowyn!
lydieburgunder
 
lydieburgunder May 04, 2016
Amazing capture! Wonderful dog . Great photographic skills :-)
DavidMonty
DavidMonty May 04, 2016
Thank you so very much Lydieburgunder!!!
victoriarichardson PRO
 
victoriarichardson May 04, 2016
Beautiful shot & stunning dog:)
DavidMonty
DavidMonty May 04, 2016
Thank you very much Victoria! :)
Tverhofstad
 
Tverhofstad September 17, 2016
Great photo, that tongue sticking out is hilarious
DavidMonty
DavidMonty September 17, 2016
He sure is a clown lol. Thank you so much Thomas!
HopeBPhotography
 
HopeBPhotography September 21, 2016
Too cute! I also have an Aussie!
DavidMonty
DavidMonty October 01, 2016
Thanks Hope! Aussies are amazing!!!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson October 20, 2016
Another stunning shot. Well done.
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 03, 2017
Haha Thanks a bunch Catherine!!! :)
adavies PRO
 
adavies January 07, 2017
Adorable capture! Really nicely done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Pure Michigan! challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/pure-michigan-photo-challenge-by-adavies
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 07, 2017
Thanks adavies!!! I joined your challenge :)
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo January 11, 2017
Just wonderful...
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 11, 2017
Thank you very much Carol!!! :)
beckyreding
 
beckyreding January 15, 2017
ONE OF ALTIME FAVORITE SHOTS ON HERE!!
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 15, 2017
Wow! Thank you so very much Becky. You just made my day. :)
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo January 15, 2017
SEE?? :-) Congrats on a well-deserved 5th Finalist Award!
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 15, 2017
LOL Thank you VERY much Carol! :)
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trexkamal January 15, 2017
Excellent shot and cute
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 15, 2017
Thank you very much!!!
connor111
 
connor111 January 20, 2017
Mine gets the same way
DavidMonty
DavidMonty January 20, 2017
Haha They are a great breed that's for sure!
JohnCookPhotography PRO+
 
JohnCookPhotography February 11, 2017
Love this image
DavidMonty
DavidMonty February 11, 2017
Thanks John! :)
Marcogressler PRO+
 
Marcogressler February 16, 2017
awesome shot!
DavidMonty
DavidMonty February 16, 2017
Thank you very much Marco!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo February 18, 2017
Totally expected this shot to be a Finalist in Pets in Action..... ;-) Congrats, David!
DavidMonty
DavidMonty February 19, 2017
Thank you so much Carol! I am very fotunate to have captured such a popular shot.
garymintz PRO
 
garymintz February 20, 2017
High speed Snow dog. Great shot
DavidMonty
DavidMonty February 20, 2017
Thank you very much Gary! :)
Bevlloydroberts
 
Bevlloydroberts March 02, 2017
Love this, the dog looks so happy running along. You captured the details so well, even the snowflakes are visable.
DavidMonty
DavidMonty March 02, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to give such a nice thorough comment. I'm glad you pointed out the snow because that is one of my favorite elements of this photo. This was taken during the heaviest recorded snowfall in Michigan history (snow accumulation per hour).
GregHauser
 
GregHauser March 23, 2017
supper time get here quick before brother and sister eat it all...XDXDXDXDXD
DavidMonty
DavidMonty April 30, 2017
Haha!!! That's probably what he was thinking.
Jalissa
 
Jalissa June 09, 2017
Check out my photo challenge about Australian Shepherd dogs!
Paulacook144 PRO+
 
Paulacook144 June 16, 2017
Great action shot
davidparkhurst
 
davidparkhurst October 23, 2017
So very good
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo November 19, 2017
Cover of the Dogs and Cats contest! Congrats!
Hood PRO
 
Hood November 16, 2019
Excellent capture

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at my parents house in Romeo, Michigan. This was shot during a record breaking Michigan snowfall. I knew I had to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful snowfall.
Time
I took this photo in the afternoon during a visit to my parent's house. I love taking Bear (the Aussie) outside anytime I get the chance. He is full of such wonderful energy and is extremely photogenic. His character really shows in his photos.
Lighting
The lighting was absolutely perfect because it was mid-day but there was a nice overcast to help keep a nice balance of light on the snowy ground. I had to bump up the exposure a tad to adjust for the white snow. It would have been very difficult to capture the detail in the blacks of the shepherd's coat if it were very sunny.
Equipment
This was shot handheld with my Canon EOS 7D Mark2 paired with the Canon 18-135 STM @ 128mm. My settings were as follows..... 1/1000sec. | f/5.6 | ISO-800 | Partial Metering with EV +1.0
Inspiration
I love taking photos of my parent's aussie, Bear. Bear loves hogging all of the spotlight. I try my best to get him outside every time I visit and take a few shots of him no matter the weather. He has such a long beautiful fur coat so playing in the snow and any action photos makes for a great picture.
Editing
I had to make some minor shadow adjustments, and I also did a little burning in the background.
In my camera bag
I carry a Canon backpack loaded to it's max capacity with my Canon 7D Mark II | Tamron 150-600mm | Canon 60mm Macro 2.8 | Canon 24mm 2.8 | Canon 10-18mm Ultra Wide Angle | Canon 50mm 1.8 | Canon 18-135mm kit | Canon 55-250mm | Yongnuo 568EX II Speedlite | Manfrotto tripod | Shutter Release | And many other goodies.
Feedback
Achieving the perfect exposure while shooting black and/or white animals is always a challenge and even more so in a white winter setting. Knowing how to meter and compensate for these scenarios is the key. When shooting in winter conditions you will need to compensate for the white snow and tell your camera what to do by adjusting your evaluative metering (EV). I normally bump it up a full stop to start and make my adjustments from there when shooting in winter conditions. Getting the correct exposure is vital. You can adjust your exposure during post-processing (to an extent) but exposing properly allows you to pull in all of that important detail that would otherwise be lost. Go experiment, get comfortable, and get creative.

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