Shutter Notes: Sarah Johnson — Prairie Dog

Welcome to Shutter Notes, our weekly community feature. Shutter Notes gives you the chance to get to know our community members a bit better. Each member will share a little bit about themselves and their chosen image.

Sarah is a stay-at-home mom with two kids. Her interest in photography ignited in 2006 on a trip to Alaska. Then it really started to catch fire with the birth of her first child in 2007.

prairie dog by Sarah Johnson
Nikon D750, Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G2 lens
122mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f7.1

Why and how Sarah created this image

Sarah captured this moment in a prairie dog park in South Dakota. This was an elder prairie dog who was keeping watch over the younger ones. She thought that the fat little prairie dog sitting there was really cute. She had so much fun photographing these little guys during a recent vacation. They really are the best models!

For post-processing, Sarah used a black and white preset she has from Pretty Presets, called Dove. She then did some cropping and local adjustments to exposure and some sharpening.

“I really like black and white photography. I think it can change a blah image into something that looks really nice. It can change a snapshot into, what I consider, a photograph.”

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