All the reflections you see are real; none are photoshopped. The Great Salt Lake is a fantastic place for reflections when the light, water and wind are in my favor.
The places I shoot is less then knee deep water. Being in water gives some great views and reflections. Some of the small salt bars / islands are a football field or two off shore.
My biggest challenge usually is myself, causing bubbles, waves, and footprints as I walk through the water, sand, and salt. I also had an airplane one time do a touch and go next to me.
If you are looking to get started in photography, my first suggestion is a mobile phone, they have gotten really good, and you can create some fantastic images with them. Plus, it's almost always with you.
I am NOT a hardware guy who is always getting the newest and best gear. The below equipment is what I have purchased with my own money and no paid endorsements along with my thoughts.
- Subaru Outback: I LOVE this vehicle for its ride, snow/mud handling
- Sony α7 III: I have been using since May 2018 and have been very happy
- Sony 24–105 mm F4 G OSS Lens: This is my primary lens and my workhorse, I love this lens for its size, flexibility, and image quality
- Sony 12-24mm F4 G: There are times where I need wide angle, but normally with landscape. I have done a lot of shots of U-Bahn stations in Munich, Germany with this lens, its a must have. The problem with landscape is everything in the background gets smaller so you loose the true size of mountains
- Freewell Hard Stop Variable ND 6-9 Stop (ND64-ND512): I was never a believer in variable ND filters until I Tried this one. Before this, I used their Magnetic Quick-Swap Filter System with great success. I switched to the variable in February 2020 and have been very pleased. As a lot of my shooting is in the water, the variable gives me flexibility without having to swap and potentially drop anything
- Sony Wireless Remote Commander (RMTP1BT): Bluetooth wireless trigger, great for getting my shadow out of the scene and shooting from the side
- Hoodman H32MB HoodLoupe Camera Viewfinder Loupe 3.2 inch: When shooting in bright sun, this gives you a great view of your screen to fine-tune your composition
- 3 Legged Thing Punks Brian Carbon Fibre Tripod: This is my travel tripod, fits into my laptop bag nicely
- 3 Legged Thing Albert 2.0 Carbon Fiber Tripod: My at home in the Great Salt Lake tripod, it takes a beating from the salt and mud
- Rogeti L Shape Bracket
- Really Right Stuff TA-2U Leveling Base: If you shoot pans, this is critical to keep the horizon flat
- Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp
- Deet Insect Repellent: I would much prefer something less industrial, but Deet works. Other natural types that I have tired has left me with numerous bites
- Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight
- AmeriBag Classic Microfiber Healthy Back Bag Medium: Not a traditional camera bag, but works for me in the field as I carry my camera and tripod and this bag has everything else
- Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop