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Nameless Spring

Most of the large geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park have names, some dating back to the 1800’s. I ran across this small hot spring that was without name. So, I called it Nameless Spring. What attracted me to photograph this spring was the reflection of the stormy clouds and the sun in the water. I was hoping for a starburst but the sun was too intense to get one. The dead, orange grasses were a bonus. Shooting into the sun is always a challenge as the dynamic range (exposure range) is quite large. That’s why I decided to bracket the photos in order to capture the wide exposure range.

Nameless Spring
Nameless Spring
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 17mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/22, shutter speed at 1/30th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability. I captured 3 bracketed images (-1, 0, +2) and brought them together in Lightroom using the HDR technique. I then finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.

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2 thoughts on “Nameless Spring”

  1. Very cool processing. Particularly the reflection.

    Interesting where the flare fell considering it must be from the reflected sunlight. f22 and 1/30th so it certainly was bright out there.

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