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Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone NP



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AnnHopta Feb 08
This is a wonderful photo representing Yellowstone National Park. I would like to invite to join my challenge 'The Wonders of Yellowstone National Park'. Please go to my home page, click on 'challenges', then choose 'created' to find this challenge. Good luck if you join and thank you! Ann
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AnnHopta Mar 07
Thank you for entering my challenge 'The Wonders of Yellowstone National Park'. Voting is now open and your vote to find the People's Choice winner would be greatly appreciated. If you need help finding the challenge please go to my profile and click on my challenges, then choose created. Thanks much and good luck! Ann

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Mammoth Hot Springs, in Yellowstone National Park, during a visit in July of 2009.
Time
This was near the end of our day at Yellowstone, so I would say that it was late afternoon or possibly early evening.
Lighting
It was a mostly sunny day, with only some very scattered clouds. Because it was later in the day, the sun was at a lower angle, providing some interesting shadows and a warmer lighting.
Equipment
Because we were on a family trip and doing a lot of walking, I wasn't spending a lot of time setting up my shots. This shot, like most I took on that trip was shot hand held with my trusty Pentax *ist DS with a Pentax Pentax DA 18-55mm zoom lens.
Inspiration
When we arrived at Mammoth Hot Springs, I was initially a bit disappointed. I had memories from a childhood visit of vivid colors in the hot springs formations, but when we arrived in July 2009, much of the formations were bleached white. This was one of the few areas that had some color in the mineral deposits, and the dead tree in the middle provided a focus and some sense of scale. I remember walking along the boardwalk, looking for the best framing. I liked the lighting and shadows from this angle, so I framed the shot using the "rule of threes" and took the shot.
Editing
No post processing was performed on this image. This image is straight out of the camera.
In my camera bag
On a family trip like this I carry my camera with a good general purpose zoom lens, which I carry with me whenever we visit an attraction. I also always carry an extra battery or two on me, having experienced the disappointment of finding a great shot only to discover that the battery is dead. I also pack a tripod and some alternate lenses in the car, so they are available if I want them, but they only come out of the car if I have reason to think I'll need them, or I come back to get them to capture a specific shot.
Feedback
When visiting a well visited popular location, like Yellowstone, it is far too easy to shoot the same images as thousands of others. The challenge is to capture something that stands out from the crowd. This can take some creativity, but some elements to consider include looking for different points of view (especially low or high angles), interesting lighting (early morning or evening can provide very different feels and generally aren't photographed as often), and framing (try to find unique or different elements to include in the shot).

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