"Big Elk Creek"
Palisades Reservoir, Idaho, USA
First day of summer at Palisades Reservoir. The lake level is very low this year, making this stretch of Big Elk Creek a fascinating place to experience. The water is green and clear, and lured me into the wading waters. The water felt ice cold against my bare feet, and large fish literally swim between my legs.
I setup this shot after my brother placed two canoes in the creek, as the water was just beginning to flow into the lake. The composition could not have been better -- those canoes are really what made this shot for me!
Chad Dutson is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based wilderness photographer who occasionally ventures into fine art portraiture. He deeply admires nature, and strives to capture the finest scenes possible. He spent all but three years of his life living in the West, providing him incredible opportunities to enhance his self-taught craft.
Chad began shooting with a point-and-shoot at the age of eight. He began an early transition to digital photography in 1999, and now shoots exclusively digital. He has been published in books, magazines, websites, and has been a juror for several photo competitions.
Chad has an insatiable desire to wander the wild, seeking solitude and serenity away from the bustle of city life. His deep passion for...
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