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Image Title:  Virgin River
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 By: Michael Fox  
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Photographer Michael Fox  Michael Fox {Karma:3180}
Project #52 Patterns in Nature Camera Model Nikon D70
Categories Landscape
Film Format

Lens Nikon  70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
Uploaded 10/8/2005 Film / Memory Type Lexar  1GB
    ISO / Film Speed 16
Views 2391 Shutter 1s
Favorites Aperture f/16
Critiques 30 Rating
/ 11 Ratings
Location City - 
State -  UTAH
Country - United States   United States
About Virgin river near the Zion canyon narrows in Zion National Park.

ISO: 200
Appeture: f16
Shutter: 3 sec
focal Length: 70mm
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There are 30 Comments in 1 Pages
Michele Beccia Michele Beccia   {K:15561} 2/21/2015
Excellent shot, regards, Michele:)


Nathan Gillies   {K:1011} 8/14/2007
infact now a favourite.

you have some very good photo's in your portfolio


Nathan Gillies   {K:1011} 8/14/2007
Excellent result, perfect exposure. well done


Dave Arnold Dave Arnold   {K:55680} 6/27/2007
Nicely done long exposure, Mike. Beautiful scene, too. I take it this must be northern Utah? I'm planning on doing some exploration of Utah soon. I live in the northwest corner of NM.

Best wishes,


Martin Mora Martin Mora   {K:4666} 3/29/2007
wow, so glad I took a closer look at this one, the small one does it no justice at all. again, a Big Wow, Beautiful


Bill Morgenstern Bill Morgenstern   {K:7157} 8/31/2006
Mike - Show us this same image in B&W. I'd be interested to see the results.

Cheers - Bill


W. Paul Rosenberry W. Paul Rosenberry   {K:1729} 6/19/2006
Wow, such vivid colors, I am impressed. Nice work!


Pat Oates Pat Oates   {K:3046} 6/9/2006
An absolutely well composed shot. We don't have "clear and rocky" streams in this part of the country. Contrast and color balance is perfect.


Howie Mudge Howie Mudge   {K:27933} 6/3/2006
This is really impressive. The colours really work through out this scene and once again the exposure is spot on. Beautiful capture.


Bill Morgenstern Bill Morgenstern   {K:7157} 6/1/2006
Great light and slow shutter speed makes this come alive. Very well done. I've added this to my favorites.



Michael Fox Michael Fox   {K:3180} 10/15/2005
Thank you, Mark. And thank you for turning me on to UseFilm! I have been learning so much from the shooters on this site. Wouldn't trade it!


Mark Wlaz   {K:4564} 10/15/2005
Excellent work Mike!
Absolutely a 7!


Michael Fox Michael Fox   {K:3180} 10/12/2005
Hi, Lori -- Thanks for taking the time to visit. You know what, I didn't think of this as I was working this scene, but I could have used a graduated neutral density filter, angling the line on a slight diagonal over the rocks and into the deep shadows in the upper left corner of the image. This could have done the trick w/the rocks, but would have cast those deep shadows into black, which probably would have been okay. Your observation, though is the very thing that caused me to skip over this image in favor of the bluish-cast setup of this scene I had previously posted. After a more careful screening of the RAW/nef version of this file, I determined the compositional elements warranted an effort to process it. After the fact, I?ve settled upon this image as my favorite of the series; however, I still wish I would have attempted to tame those blazing rocks, in-camera.


Lori Stitt   {K:75282} 10/12/2005
Imageopolis Featured Photo Critique This is one of the nicest water movement images I've seen. The various tones and colors are great. The only thing that I find a bit disturbing are the rocks in the top of the photo...too bright, takes away from the calm, peaceful 'feel' of the rest of the scene. (but that's just my opinion)

Maybe, next time a different time of day! (?)

Still, very nice work, great composition.
I especially like (in addition to the moving water) the tones of the water in the foreground.

Very nice work,
Lori :)


p e t a . p e t a .   {K:18700} 10/12/2005
you're welcome, its what I do best ;)


Michael Fox Michael Fox   {K:3180} 10/12/2005
You know what, Peta? So do I. Thank you for he push.


p e t a . p e t a .   {K:18700} 10/12/2005
oh wow michael!! so glad I checked back, this is so much better than the first, I love it.


Stephen Davey Stephen Davey   {K:413} 10/11/2005
What a wonderful shot Michael. I love looking at these long exposure water shots. And this one has great composition and interesting lighting.

Great work !!


Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 10/11/2005


Alison Webb   {K:1779} 10/11/2005
wow, i love water shots & you'rs are great, this one is just stunning.
Cheers Al.


Michael Fox Michael Fox   {K:3180} 10/9/2005
Ali -- Well said. I agree w/your comments on the submerged foreground stones. I was able to achive that affect on some images of a still lake (not posted on usefilm) and I wanted to try it w/a flowing stream. I look forward to seeing more of your images.


no longer a member no longer a member   {K:10557} 10/9/2005
Excellent composition. I like the foreground, and the use of a slow shutter speed. Excellent exposure rendering vivid colors, another job well done.

My compliments


Ali Naghizadeh Ali Naghizadeh   {K:19600} 10/9/2005
Hi Michael .. Great shot .. You finally managed to choose from between my shots but I can't in this case .. you know ..the other shot has this great mood I can't explain .. but what makes me like this shot is the fact that a part of the water is stagnant so you can see the stones under the water and the you have that big rush of water only a little away from it ..
aNy way .. both are great .. very well done ...

My best regards,


Michael Schuier Michael Schuier   {K:4804} 10/9/2005
Beautiful shoot. Nice exposure and composition.


Michael Fox Michael Fox   {K:3180} 10/8/2005
Peter -- Thank you for the comment. I spent a while working this area and found the lighting to change dramatically while I was there. On this day, I was alone; therefore, time was mine to spend. Sometimes one's luck will increase proportionate to one's perseverance.


Michael Fox Michael Fox   {K:3180} 10/8/2005
Melisa -- Thank you for your comments. This was not my first choice from this series. In fact, I didn't even like it at first pass. The highlights at the base of the downfall were too hot and the background rocks were close to being blown out. I went back to review my Virgin River images after taking comments to heart from my "Virgin River Rolls" image. With some effort in Nikon Capture (I'll learn PhotoShop one day), I was able to pull out the color saturation and darken the image enough to tame the downfall highlights and render a reasonable exposure on the background rocks. I now think I like this image better than my initial posted image (thanks, Peta, for the push!). I've read that w/digital, one should "expose to the right." I will typically push the histogram to the point of almost touching the right side which, in this case at least, caused me to skip over the RAW version of this image without a second thought. So, lesson learned? Be more careful with the initial light table review. RAW images do require digital processing to bring out the true image captured.


z z   {K:7231} 10/8/2005
I like the strong saturated colors and your use of a slow shutter has added a powerful drama from such a small downfall of water. Nice work


Peter Shelton   {K:-167} 10/8/2005
Nicely lit!


Anis Ahmed Anis Ahmed   {K:356} 10/8/2005
excellent shot


vanessa shakesheff vanessa shakesheff   {K:68840} 10/8/2005
stunning piece of photography




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