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Yellowstone National Park’s geyser basins are some of the most geologically active areas in the world. In addition to the many dozens of geysers that punctuate these basins, the region also percolates with other geothermal features such as hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots, and travertine terraces. This is all due to the fact that the entire area sits atop an ancient active caldera and super volcano.
Acres of scorched, lifeless earth, the pervasive smell of sulfur, and drifting steam through the air gives the impression that you’re visiting a different planet, not the one with which we are so familiar. And in a national park no less! So as I set out to capture the landscape during a recent visit, I wanted to avoid being too literal, too documentary in style. That’s usually my photographic intentions anyway – imparting my own personal interpretation of a place through my photography that appeals to the emotions, not the intellect. But his place is so surreal, so different, that I wanted to take that artistic philosophy to yet the next level. Thanks to some imagination, a full moon, and some dramatic weather and clouds, I was able to capture, to my satisfaction, Yellowstone’s geyser basins through the filter of my raw emotional response to these surreal landscapes.
September 29, 2011
This image was taken on January 19, 2011 while leading a photography tour in Eastern NC with fellow photographer and business partner, Jerry Greer. This is a composite of 5 vertical images stitched together using Adobe Photoshop CS5′s Automerge feature. The moon was not a part of the composite process: It was there, it was real, and it was spectacular!
The image is then straightened, cropped (to my preferred panoramic aspect ratio of 3:1) and saved. The native file size (before any enlarging) is 48″ x 16″ @ 300ppi. The details are simply amazing: every bird and tree branch are visible and sharp when viewed at 100 percent.
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina
Canon EOS 5D mk2, Canon 70-200 f2.8 @ 150mm, 1/20 second @ f8, ISO 250 for all 5 images.
January 30, 2011