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White Dome Geyser

The White Dome Geyser is located in the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, about 200 yards down the road from the Great Fountain Geyser that I wrote about earlier this week. We stopped here while traveling through Firehole Lake Drive on our way to see the many geysers in the area.

The 12-foot-high geyserite cone of the White Dome Geyser is one of the largest in the park. Its eruptions are unpredictable but generally occur within intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 3 hours and last around 2-3 minutes reaching heights of 30 feet. Although less powerful than its nearby Great Fountain Geyser, the White Dome Geyser was used as an emblem by the old Yellowstone Library and Museum Association.

White Dome Geyser
White Dome Geyser

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/16, shutter speed at 1/20th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This is a single image processed in Lightroom then completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.

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5 thoughts on “White Dome Geyser”

    1. Hi Carl. Thanks. Good question. This was shot on a tripod. I will start adding this information in the settings section of my posts going forward.

      1. OK, thanks. I presumed you used a tripod… with the slow shutter speed.
        To move the shutter speed to 1/60 and use a monopod, would the ISO need to changed to 200? … or even greater?
        I’m headed to Yosemite this weekend, but will have family in tow and not able to stop – set up tripod – take several shots, etc.
        So I’ll be experimenting with taking (stop-n-go) photos without tripod (I’m a rookie) using faster shutter speed.

        1. The rule of thumb for hand holding is to have the shutter speed be equal to or greater than the lens focal length. So, if you are shooting wide angle (say 20mm) then your shutter speed should be 1/20th or greater for handholding. Monopods only slightly increase this rule. Tripods are exempt from the rule. Only increase the ISO if you need to increase shutter speed to meet this minimum. Happy to chat on the phone if you need help/pointers for your trip.

          1. Good to know… thanks!!

            I’d love to hear any pointers you have to offer… Call me any time, except from 3-5:00 today.

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