Michael Nath  

Clay Slough by Michael Nath

May 2020 - Clay Slough

About the Image(s)

The image was taken at a location called "Clay Slough" in Cache Valley, Utah at mid-day.
The image was taken with a Nikon D810 at 1/200s , f14 , ISO 100, with Nikon 24-70 zoom lens at 48mm. Processed with photoshop and NIK Color Effects Pro.

6 comments posted

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hey Michael, very nice scene. My eyes love the blues contrasted with the warm toned brush in the foreground and mid-area. I like how you incorporated the foreground reeds and brush in your composition. Your framing puts me in the scene.
I have a few suggestions: Do another capture during the 'Golden Hour'. Along with having more color options with that time of day, you also can slow your shutter speed way down to smooth out the water. Of course that's easier said than done if you experience wind which will make the foreground reeds blurry. If the wind is high, take two shots - one with a slow shutter and the other with a fast shutter.
Blend the two. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I would also suggest cropping out some of the sky. At least the top quarter is not necessary for your image.
I enjoy your sense of nature and how you look for the small and subtle things that give your photos interest.   Posted: 05/10/2020 18:31:11

Jean Wu   Jean Wu

Beautiful image. Not sure if you cropped the image or that's the original. Just my personal view, you may consider adjust your 'focal point', the mountain, to be off center a little bit and make the horizontal line less center as well.   Posted: 05/11/2020 12:28:32

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Jean and Dan, I appreciate it.

The image is not cropped and makes a nice 11"x17" image on 13x19 paper. Compositionally, I was trying to divide the image horizontally into thirds. Foreground reeds, middle ground water and mountain, sky in top third. Evidently I missed.   Posted: 05/11/2020 13:47:30

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I have a positive impression of this photo. In my opinion the composition has been executed well with the division of the sky, mountains, water, and reeds in the foreground. I like the way the reflection of the mountains in the lake creates a point of interest. I think the color harmony works well with the blue of the sky and water; the white of the mountains and the browns of the reeds. Focus and over all depth of field works well for me.

For me their is too much of the sky and I believe the picture will be more balanced if the image was cropped down a bit from the top.

  Posted: 05/12/2020 14:48:20

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Sorry for the delay in posting.
I picture myself sitting just out of the picture and enjoying the vastness of the mountains. You had me at reflections. I think this is just me but the three pelicans on the right side of the picture are a tad distracting. my eye keeps drawing to them. I agree that the sky is a little much.
I cropped the sky and removed the pelicans Let me know what you think.   Posted: 05/27/2020 20:29:56
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Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thanks Darcy. I don't mind the change in the sky, but I personally need the birds. To me the image seems empty without them. They are not the center of interest by any means but add interest to what is there.   Posted: 05/28/2020 11:14:35


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