Walking with My Camera: Big Knife Creek Water Lines

Big Knife Creek

A couple days ago it was over cast and rather dark in one of places where I like to take photographs of the water in Big Knife Creek near where I live in Northwest Montana. I have a small camera, Panasonic Lumix ZS100, that I love. It has some limitations with the attached lens (25-250mm) and F2.8-5.9 Aperture but it has a 1″ sensor that can capture a good amount of detail. When there isn’t much light it can be a fun to challenge to try to capture what I want. Sometimes I can’t get as close as I want to be. In these images I was drawn to the complex line patterns and the earthy colors that almost look metallic in the reflected light.

The images above and the one below are cropped and have a softer focus and less resolution but I still like the smaller rippling lines that come off the bigger wave lines. The water is teaching me about its many faces.

Every time I am in this place it is so different.

The sky, trees, water, gravity, rocks and moss, weather, time of day, time of year, amount of rain or snow fall, temperature – all of these elements come together in a moment. The mix is always changing. I appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with what I find.

When I take photographs in this place I always learn something new. I love seeing the sky reflected in the water, the patterns of light and the energy in the water…