I captured this photograph of Yellowstone Lake from the West Thumb Information Center (West Thumb Geyser Basin). The photography workshop groups stopped there so we could go down to the shore of the lake and see the crystal-clear waters. The view from the shore was great and the clouds certainly helped frame this photograph.
They say that Yellowstone Lake resembles the shape of a human hand. West Thumb is the large western bay that would be the thumb. The bay is a caldera within a caldera. It was formed by a volcanic eruption approximately 174,000 years ago. The resulting caldera later filled with water, forming an extension of Yellowstone Lake. West Thumb is also the largest geyser basin on the shore of Yellowstone Lake—and its hydrothermal features lie under the lake too. The heat from these features can melt ice on the lake’s surface.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens set on 24 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/14, shutter speed at 1/160th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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