Fun Friday: Plump Little Doggie

While in the Badlands, I came upon one of many prairie dog towns. As the day progressed, and temperatures rose into the 20’s, Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) began to appear. This little guy looks like he is getting plenty to eat!

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

In reality, his coat was bristled out and furnishing him some warmth in the cold South Dakota winds. With temperatures in the 20’s, and a brisk wind, it was quite cold, and I was dressed in my cold weather gear, too!

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, shot at 34omm
  • Handheld, out of the car window
  • ISO 640 (set to help get a higher shutter speed and keep the wind from moving the lens as I held it outside the car window)
  • Aperture f/11 (I set it a bit narrower than I like, but wanted to assure all of the dog was in sharp focus)
  • Shutter Speed 1/320 sec.



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