Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Yellowstone :: Claresholm Alberta Photographer

My family and I just just returned from a trip down to the States where we attended a family reunion in Southern Idaho. On the way back to Brooks we took the opportunity to go through Yellowstone National Park. We went through the park about 4 or 5 years ago and saw a lot at that time but there were a few things we missed. I have been thinking of these three locations for years and I had another chance to make some photos of them.

info: Canon 5D mrk II, Graduated filter, f/29 @ 15 seconds minus 1/3 stop

This first image was actually the last one I made just before we left the North entrance of the park. I saw this stretch of the river on the way in the last time but didn't have the chance to stop. I made sure we did this time around. It was overcast and later in the day so it was a perfect time to get the shot I had intended. I used a graduated neutral density filter to bring the exposure of the sky down a bit and add some detail to it and dragged the shutter to blur the river. It's nice when you are able to visualize an image and then go out and create it just the way you envisioned it.

info: Canon 5D mrk II, f/22 @ 1/25 sec plus 1/3 stop (14 images stitched together in Photoshop)
This second image is of the Grand Prismatic Springs. We actually saw this sight before but I was not able to get the shot I wanted at that time. When I made this image I actually took 14 separate images and stitched them together in post later. When we go back in future years I will see if we are allowed to hike to the top of the hill in the background in order to get an over head view of the area and to be better able to capture the various colours it has to offer.

info: Canon 5D mrk II, f/ 32 @ 1/2 sec minus 1/3 stop

When we arrived at Tower Falls we were informed that the trail to the bottom of the falls was washed out so we would not be getting the image I really wanted. However, we were still able to enjoy the view from above.


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