The Grand Prismatic Spring was not only my favorite geothermal feature at Yellowstone Nation Park but it was also the most impressive. I visited the spring during my last full day at the park and I wished I had seen it earlier. The day was cold and that causes the steam to be more prevalent. One must visit the park in the summer in order to see the amazing array of colors that the spring provides. I did, however, capture many photos of the runoff areas. The one below is one of my favorites.
The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the US, and the third largest in the world. The only two hot springs that are larger are Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica. The Grand Prismatic Spring is by far the most beautiful. Located in the Midway Geyser Basin, the spring was noted by geologists working in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 and named by them for its amazing colors. Seen best from high above, the colors match the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green and blue). I found a great photo on Wikipedia. You can click here to see it. I do plan to go back during the warmer months to get a better view of the magnificent colors.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 24mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/14, shutter speed at 1/15th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I used a sturdy tripod to create a solid foundation and my Kirk Long Rail to avoid Parallax Errors on the panorama. I captured six images and stitched them together into one image using Photoshop. I finalized the image in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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