Thursday, May 22, 2014

Yellowstone sunset......

Here's a tip for photographing interesting sunsets when you're on the west side of Yellowstone Park.

Say you've been photographing elk along the Madison River and the sun has just dipped behind the mountains leaving both you and the elk in the shade.
If you head to the car and drive towards Old Faithful you will find there is still plenty of light at the Lower Geyser Basin.
At the far point of the Fountain Paint Pots trail is Clepsydra Geyser, which erupts almost constantly.
At sunset Clepsydra Geyser offers you the opportunity to make some cool images right from the boardwalk.
The amount of clouds in the sky will make a big difference in the amount of color in your photos.
By adjusting the aperture you can paint with the steam from Clepsydra Geyser. Freezing it with a fast shutter speed or allowing it to flow with a slower speed such as the 1/20 of a second I used here.
The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and the time you have before the sun goes down.

Just keep composing the shots you like and enjoy your surroundings.
The sound of the geyser erupting.
The smell of the nearby lodgepole pines.
And the feel of a cool breeze on your face as the sun sets. By continuing to follow the light and knowing that the Lower Geyser Basin has lots to offer at sunset you won't miss a thing.
Including these dead lodgepole pine trees silhouetted on the way back to the your car. If and when you photograph the Lower Geyser Basin at sunset I hope you have a night as good as mine.


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