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Salt Flats: Great Salt Lake

Salt Flats: Great Salt Lake
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Copyright: David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 7 N: 192] (718)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 5D, UV + Circ. Polarizer
Exposure: f/8
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-10 21:10
Viewed: 6602
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As the title suggests, these are the salt flats of the Great Salt Lake. Actually, the salt flats come in various manifestations. These are more muddy, and you can easily see the cracks as the lake has dried. Other areas do not have cracks, but instead are solid salt, so these salt flats are more mud than salt. The mountain in the background is Antelope Island, a popular recreation spot.

The length and width of the Great Salt Lake varies depending on rainfall. This year ends, we hope, a seven year drought. However, the lake is approximately 75 miles long and about 30-50 miles wide. Due to the drought, it is only about 25 miles wide at this time, but we've had lots of snow and rain this winter. The lake's deepest point is 35 feet. Salinity of the water is approximately 27%, so only special creatures can live in it, most notably brine shrimp, which are gathered and sent to Japan and other places.

The Great Salt Lake is what remains of Lake Bonneville, which in prehistoric times was about 10 times larger. Suddenly one morning, the lake drained out of the Snake River through the Snake River Gorge, and this lake was left.

It is the largest lake in the western U.S. and a great place for photos. It is always weird and surreal!

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I've driven by and flown over, but have never been this close to the lake. Very informative note. This is where the land speed records have been set isn't it?

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-11 3:51]

Very nice composition. I like the details of the cracks and DOV. Would have liked a little more constrast and a black frame around it.

Great work David. I like th POV very much. Very good informative note. Well donhe. TFS

Hi David
This looks like the start of a nice, new mini series on this lake with its walking rocks, if I remeber correctly? I will we watching this space. I really appreciate sharing about nature - I think the quality of the photograph is often the only real criteria looked at, and to me, the note carries as much, if not more, punch than the pic. Well done on this stark landscape - You know I love deserts. Aslo the one with the double s.

Its a nice POV to give one an idea of how large this is. The island adds a nice anchor and depth perspective. Very nicley done.

Wow very nice, this is the place they run with jet cars isnt.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-04-11 15:05]

Very interesting photo with beautiful composition. The scene is unimaginable for me in our geographic conditions. Very good note.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-11 16:03]

This beautiful David! The image has amazing depth and great composition.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Good point of view revealing the immensity of this unique landscape. Very well done. TFS.

I have floated around in it. If you have health problems, I think the salt can help many things....... it is so strong! Interesting shot!

It's amazing to see these salt flats. I've only seen them on TV, although I did see salt mining in Cyprus back in the 70's once. I like the way you have included so much in the foreground. Nicely done David.

A very nice note, to describe what we are seeing, just incredible nature. I was impressed this was formed "one morning" as you said. Hope to see a panoramic soon! Thanks.

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  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2005-06-16 23:26]
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I think this photo demonstrates well the rule of thirds in photographic composition. The distant island and even more distant mountain are well placed in the blue atmosphere. And although the most dramatic feature, the cracked crust occupies certainly more than a third of the space, that increased share dramatically exposes the stark beauty of the place. For me this photo brings to the viewer the feel of the place, not just a picture of the place.

Good job.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-22 23:14]

David, you do great when dealing with compositions. Once more, an excellent one.

A very pleasant shot with a very nice point of view.

hello:) in one moment I thought that it is a desert in Africa:) reat shot:) I love perspective here:) great one:)



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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-25 3:29]

For something so barren you've made an excellent shot out of it. I like the placement of hte island in the BG, gives a good idea of depth and perspective. I love the cracks and fissures in the mud.

Great shot David.

A good shot, one we don't see much here on TN. I would like to have seen it bigger to bring out more detail.

hello David,
A magnific view, the mountain semms flying!
Excellent composition, colors and exposure are very well.

Hi, David.
Excellent landscape. Well taken and composed. Interesting foreground texture showing the dryness of the place and mountain background adding depth.

It's really dry out there,the hills in the background seems like an island surrounding by water, is it a real water or just a fatamorgana :), the mudcrack make the picture so artistic and unique. It is so pleasant picture make me fell I'm there,... think I need to drink a glass of water now !

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