04-23-09 Snow Melt


It has been a wet winter in the Black Hills, which has left the reservoirs full and the creeks running high. I normally take a few photos at Iron Creek near our cabin when I am staying in the Hills. But when I drove to my favorite photo location on Iron Creek, I found that the creek was really too high for me to find a good vantage point from which to photograph. So instead I went looking for another creek.

This photo was taken at the Grizzly Bear camp ground near Mt. Rushmore. In summer this creek is usually just a gurgling brook. The day I visited warm weather and the ensuing snow melt left it running full. If you wonder how the water is made to look white, the answer is: a slow shutter speed. In this case the shutter was left open for 8 seconds.

Canon 5DII 8s f/22.0 ISO100 60mm (Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L)

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