Montana Outdoors

October 16, 2008

More Spring Creek

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:21 pm

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

We will know that we understand this world in which we live when we treat places like this with reverence.


  1. I love how the green grows on the rocks and how the ice cold water can preserve a fallen tree log for a very long period of time. I think that first picture is my favorite because of the prominence of the greenery on the rock.


    Comment by Tabbie — October 16, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

  2. Terry, these shots are incredible. Would I be imposing to ask about your settings? (i.e., do you remember your shutter speed/f-stop settings? Are you using a neutral density filter?

    That first shot especially is great!


    Comment by wolf — October 16, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

  3. Tabbie

    What the photos don’t show is that this stream is in a deep canyon where the most it gets is a few minutes of sun each day filtering down through the cedars. The moss on the rocks grows quite well there and it’s always cool or cold (my fingers were numb when I finished taking pictures that day). I imagine that the cedar logs that fall into the water would last almost forever.


    Comment by montucky — October 16, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

  4. Thanks Wolf,

    If you click on one of the photos it should take you to the Flickr site. Then, on the right side of the page there is a section called “Additional information”. Under that is a highlighted “More properties”, and if you click on that it should show you the complete settings for that photo. If that doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll send them to you.

    My camera isn’t the best, but it does let me do some interesting things. This area, for example, is a real challenge to photograph because of the light conditions. It’s mostly deep shade, but when a ray of sun does find its way down it makes a huge contrast. My camera allows the use of a rather complex combination of manual and automatic settings. I can select a spot exposure area to catch the light right at exactly the place I want it and then use an exposure bias to over or under expose relative to what the automatic exposure wants to do. I always under expose slightly because I can adjust later and anything that’s over exposed (which the camera tends to do) of course, cannot be corrected.

    I have to experiment quite a bit for the water flow effects, but try to get a fairly long exposure time and that’s usually possible in deep shade: in brighter light, the camera couldn’t do it. The camera allows me to set the shutter speed I want and then advises me if it can set an exposure that will work out with it: I often have to negotiate to get the best combination. The LCD gives me a fairly decent idea of how it will turn out, and often I’ll bracket several photos to get it right.

    The long exposure times of course require the use of a tripod and I bought a cheap one from Kodak that works well for me mostly because it’s very light weight and small and I hardly notice it strapped to my pack on the long hikes.

    This camera does not take filters, unfortunately, but it does have image stabilization in the lens and up to 12X zoom.


    Comment by montucky — October 16, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

  5. I’m with Tabbie on this one,… I like the first one best, too. The water effect in the photo is so well done. I’m more of a “point and shoot” person,… I really enjoy your more artistic shots!


    Comment by Cedar — October 17, 2008 @ 4:55 am

  6. I sometimes get carried away with the longer exposure photos of streams. There is a fascination for me with how water flows over the various obstacles in the stream bed that doesn’t fully show up with a faster shutter speed.


    Comment by montucky — October 17, 2008 @ 8:43 am

  7. I love these shots. very, very nice!


    Comment by silken — October 19, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  8. Thanks Silken!


    Comment by montucky — October 19, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

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