Montana Outdoors

May 5, 2008

More Spring Creek images

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 10:31 pm

Yesterday something drew me back to the Spring Creek canyon again and I spent most of the afternoon there (until about four o’clock when it became so cold in the canyon that my fingers became too numb to work the camera and tripod controls), experimenting with shutter speed and taking photos at much slower speeds, effectively accelerating the speed of the water, which I think displays more of the true flow dynamics of the stream. I remember Bernie Kasper created some fantastically beautiful images using a similar technique. Here are just a few of mine from yesterday:

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek


  1. nice. I’m just sitting back smiling. Brilliant shots Terry. What else can really be said? (except it was probably worth the extra work.) 😉 beautiful.


    Comment by aullori — May 5, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

  2. Great photography,… I’d really like to know what camera you are using?


    Comment by Cedar — May 6, 2008 @ 4:42 am

  3. Beautiful – completely different feel with the time exposure!


    Comment by Ann from Montana — May 6, 2008 @ 6:52 am

  4. Thanks, Lori! This stream is like you said about the Arrowleaf flower: it’s hard to take a bad photo of it.


    Comment by montucky — May 6, 2008 @ 7:56 am

  5. Cedar,

    My camera is a Kodak Z712IS. By the way, if you click on any of my photos it will take you to the image on flickr. There you can look at different sizes of it and you can also see the camera used and details of the photo which gives more information than I usually want to know including shutter speed, aperture, etc.


    Comment by montucky — May 6, 2008 @ 7:59 am

  6. Ann,

    Thanks! I’ve found that I like some photos better with a fast shutter speed and others with more time and probably will have to experiment a lot to find middle ground. That’s part of the fun though.


    Comment by montucky — May 6, 2008 @ 8:02 am

  7. Oh, Montucky, those are *fantastic*! Such gorgeous photographs of such a beautiful place. Your experimentation has definitely paid off.

    Thank you so much for sharing!


    Comment by Sara — May 6, 2008 @ 8:54 am

  8. Thank you Sara!

    It’s another beautiful place that hardly anyone knows about. Of course one has to hike to get into it, but it’s not that far to the lower end of the canyon and a little town is only about 10 miles from the trailhead yet I doubt that more than a dozen people from there have ever visited it.


    Comment by montucky — May 6, 2008 @ 9:05 am

  9. woooooow


    Comment by Sumedh — May 6, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  10. Yes, Montucky – Experimenting is fun!

    I have found for myself that I’ve learned a lot about exposure from adjusting with Photoshop and Lightroom – my SOOCs are getting better from my PS/Lightroom knowledge and vice versa – I get an idea of how to “play” with images in the softwar fore different effect – and then how to use camera settings to get SOOC effect that I want.

    Now, I absolutely LOVE playing with SOOC images in PS/Lightroom – even if they seem great to start with…it is just fun and I continue to learn “back and forth” about technicques that I enjoy and like the effect of.

    ….doesn’t hurt to have fantastic photo ops! and also to read/see what everyone else is doing.


    Comment by Ann from Montana — May 6, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

  11. I haven’t tried anything like this yet, as I still haven’t invested in a tripod… but some day!

    Your images are very fine indeed! Nice work.


    Comment by winterwoman — May 6, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

  12. Thanks for visiting, Sumedh!


    Comment by montucky — May 6, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

  13. Ann,

    You’re right, having lots of good photo opportunities really helps and I have learned so much by seeing what others are doing and as I mentioned, Bernie noted in some of his posts the setting he used for some of his images.


    Comment by montucky — May 6, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

  14. Winterwoman,

    I have a very good but very old and heavy tripod and a very cheap one that isn’t great, but only weighs 2 pounds. These are really the first that I’ve had to use a tripod on. I’m still not sure I want to carry even the extra 2 lbs all the time on the longer hikes, but these experiments are opening up some new ideas.


    Comment by montucky — May 6, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

  15. absolutely gorgeous!!


    Comment by silken — May 7, 2008 @ 9:02 am

  16. Thanks, Silken! Think of that cold little stream when Texas really heats up this summer.


    Comment by montucky — May 7, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  17. Great “motion” photos! I don’t know which one to say is my favorite … perhaps the second one. I love all kinds of “water” photos. 😀


    Comment by Janet Wilkins — May 7, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  18. I love water photos too and now I’m hooked on trying them with different speeds. Later I”ll post three I took yesterday that I really like.


    Comment by montucky — May 7, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

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