Montana Outdoors

July 15, 2009

Munson Creek

I don’t know what’s more difficult, negotiating the snow and ice in the winter to get down to the creek or the lush foliage in the summer. I think I like the summer challenge better.

This isn’t exactly my favorite photo but it’s the only one I kept out of about 20 I shot this evening. Deep in the canyon where even the light couldn’t penetrate, it turned out that a slight whisper of a breeze could. It seemed like every time the shutter clicked for a 2 second exposure, those leaves that hang out over the water shoot would do a wild dance. It was an exercise in patience. I kept this photo because I rather liked the colors.

Munson Creek

(Munson Creek in the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area of western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.)


  1. nice picture but what happened to the color of the water ?


    Comment by passfaster — July 15, 2009 @ 10:14 pm

    • That’s what I wasn’t too happy about. It would seem that a shorter exposure time might have been better, but that didn’t turn out well.


      Comment by montucky — July 15, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  2. I love this picture. It really seems to capture the movement of the water.


    Comment by kateri — July 15, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

    • Thank you kateri! The long exposure does show the dynamics of the water flow and that has a fascination for me.


      Comment by montucky — July 15, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

  3. Its nice picture i love it


    Comment by fikirte — July 16, 2009 @ 1:37 am

  4. Oh so nice and peaceful!


    Comment by Stacey — July 16, 2009 @ 2:45 am

  5. Another great shot! Water is very hard to photograph, and especially waterfalls to make them look as they do when viewing them in person. You’ve done a magnificent job here. There should be no dissatisfaction with this capture.

    The lighting, setting, colors, composition and presentation are all just plain perfect.


    Comment by Iona — July 16, 2009 @ 4:08 am

    • Thank you Iona! It’s a beautiful little stream although the brush is so thick around it it’s difficult to get to.


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  6. Has an Amazon feel to it. At least the light was low enough to allow for your 2 second shutter.


    Comment by Preston Surface — July 16, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    • Yes, the light was so low I had to remove my polarizer to even get an exposure. Although there was no direct sunlight there, the light intensity did vary quite a bit. It’s not exactly a jungle, but there is an abundance of plant life in the canyon.


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  7. Gorgeous photo!! Wow!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — July 16, 2009 @ 9:59 am

    • Thanks! As you go up this stream there are miles of similar settings before the stream becomes a trickle, then disappears into the mountainside.


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  8. I really like the liquid translucent flow of the stream contrasted against the deep rich colors. Beautiful capture.


    Comment by Anna Surface — July 16, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    • I liked the contrast too. It was difficult though to get the colors without washing out the stream.


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

  9. I like this shot,… makes the water look like solid frosting on the rocks!


    Comment by Cedar — July 16, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    • The ecology of a cascading stream is always interesting. The mists do coat the rocks and allow the mosses to flourish. There would be a lot to examine for a trained botanist.


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

  10. The colors are so bright and vivid. One of my favorite shots of yours, for sure.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 16, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    • Thanks scienceguy. Isn’t it amazing what nature can do with just a few basic colors!


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

  11. Shades of green as light fades…. I think it’s beautiful.


    Comment by Maureen — July 16, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    • That’s a beautiful time of day in the outdoors, isn’t it! The light shows colors and patterns that are secrets at other times.


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

  12. Now that’s a perfect exposure.


    Comment by iheartfilm — July 16, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

    • Thank you iheartfilm! It was one of many tries: I’m glad I was not shooting film that time!


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

  13. Very lush. I like the flowing look of the water. Even if the color wasn’t what you intended, the movement is so vivid.


    Comment by Candace — July 17, 2009 @ 12:19 am

    • The long exposure does let one see what the water is doing and sometimes there are surprises in that. It’s always fascinating to me.


      Comment by montucky — July 17, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

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