This Firehole Falls Panorama was taken during my recent trip to Yellowstone National Park to attend a “Winter in Yellowstone” photography workshop. Through this photograph I tried to convey how fast the water moves through the falls and the lichen that is prevalent throughout the area. I used a special Neutral Density filter to slow the camera’s shutter to smooth out the water.
Firehole Falls are located approximately one half mile upstream from the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers. Firehole Falls has a drop of approximately 40 feet. The falls are located within Firehole Canyon on Firehole Canyon Drive, a one-way road that parallels the main Madison Junction to Old Faithful road. Another highly recommended stop to anyone visiting the park.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV using my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens set on 24mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/11, shutter speed at one half of a second and the ISO set at 400. I used a tripod for stability, my Kirk rail to avoid Parallax issues and my Syrp Neutral Density filter to extend the exposure. This is a series of four images brought together in Lightroom using the Panorama Merge feature then finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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