August 28, 2013

Yellowstone 2013 Visit—#1


JD and I just got back from our trip to photograph my nephew’s wedding and our visit to Yellowstone National Park. 
Our visit to Yellowstone did not match our last visit.  Why?  Too many people, and too few animals.  Although the temperatures were generally in the 70’s, the animals were just not moving much except in the very early morning and very late afternoon.  We do not like driving in the dark in the park due to all the animals on the road—just too dangerous for us wimps!  So, I had to settle for shooting other things. 
We spent a lot of time hiking through the various geothermal features—geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles. 
The color in the hot springs shown in today’s photograph is caused by heat loving organisms that live in and around the hot springs.  The different colors are caused by the varying temperatures of the water as it flows from the hot springs. 
For this photograph, I pre-focused my camera about three feet into the scene and then lowered my camera just above the water.  I wanted a very expansive look to the image so I used f/22 and 24mm focal length.
Camera settings:  Nikon D4, 28-70mm f/2.8 at 50mm, ISO 400, f/22 at 1/125th of a second. 
Post Processing: 
Lightroom 5—applied Nikon Vivid preset, set white and black points, added clarity, sharpness and vibrance.


  1. Outstanding colors.

  2. I did not know that there was this much color in the hot springs. Like the low angle.

  3. Like the colors and the low angle you selected. Are all the hot springs this colorful?