Quail Creek State Park, Mouth of Creek, Sunset Reflections

Quail Creek State Park is very close to where we live. It’s a small but popular park for fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking.

Quail Creek reservoir was completed in 1985 to provide irrigation and culinary water to the St. George area. Most of the water in the reservoir does not come from Quail Creek but is diverted from the Virgin River and transported through a buried pipeline.

Two dams form the reservoir. The main dam is an earth-fill embankment dam. The south dam is a roller compacted concrete dam, constructed to replace the original earth-fill dam that failed in the early hours of New Year’s Day 1989.

The maximum depth of Quail Creek can reach 120 feet, so it is cold enough to sustain the stocked rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, and crappie. Largemouth bass, which is also stocked, and bluegill thrive in the warmer, upper layers of the reservoir.

Standing In the Creek 

Image Details

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 24mm, F16, for1/10 seconds at ISO 100 on my new EOS R5 mirrorless camera.

I was standing on the bank with one foot in the water. I took more images with both feet in the water, all with the same lens and similar exposures.

Reflections Tips

  1. Be willing to get wet.
  2. Reflections are best when the water is in the share but the background isn’t.

Regarding point two, note the shadow line in the images.

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6 thoughts on “Quail Creek State Park, Mouth of Creek, Sunset Reflections

    1. Hi Mark, sorry for the delay. I very seldom use Graduated ND filters anymore. In general, they create more problems than they solve.

      The graduated filters inside Lightroom are all you need. The ND camera filters darken everything when you really only want the highlights darkened.

      If the histogram has detail in both the highlights and shadow areas then you can get it all in one shot. I try to get it all in as few shots as possible,

      1. Those images were all a single exposure. The darks were very dark but not black and the sky looked washed out but it wasn’t. The main key is to not blow out the highlights, those are not recoverable. Then if the darks are not black you can easily recover the shadow detail in Lightroom.

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