I photographed this Old Faithful eruption during my visit to Yellowstone National Park in February. I was walking around photographing some of the features in the Upper Geyser Basin waiting for Old Faithful to erupt. I wanted to photograph the geyser from afar. I was fortunate to see it erupt while I was in a good location. I decided to use a Low Key processing technique to highlight the contrast offered by the back-lit steam column. By the way, whoever decided to put a big building right next to Old Faithful was not thinking about photographers…
Old Faithful was named by the first official expedition to Yellowstone, the Washburn Expedition of 1870. They were impressed by its size and frequency. Old Faithful erupts every 35 to 120 minutes for 1 1/2 to 5 minutes. Its maximum height ranges from 90 to 184 feet. It is not the biggest or the most regular geyser in Yellowstone but it is the biggest regular geyser.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens set on 100mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/5.6, shutter speed at 1/8000th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I hand-held the camera for this image. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
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