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Geyser Steams at Dawn



One of my FAVORITE places- just such an unreal place in the world. I just wish it was easier to get to.

This was made from a 8 image panorama.
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One of my FAVORITE places- just such an unreal place in the world. I just wish it was easier to get to.

This was made from a 8 image panorama.

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Nikon D810 ISO320 ƒ-10 1-640sec 24mm
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misterscott PRO+
 
misterscott November 13, 2017
Great capture, love the colors.
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DaveKochPhoto November 13, 2017
Thanks Mister!
Lovesphoto PRO
 
Lovesphoto November 17, 2017
Great capture, I don't see many images of Fly Geyser.
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DaveKochPhoto November 18, 2017
Thanks! It is pretty hard to get to!
renomike
 
renomike December 03, 2017
Fly Geyser is also on posted land, and not open to the public. Many have been arrested trying. It is a beautiful sight though.
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DaveKochPhoto December 03, 2017
Yeah- you sorta have to know someone out there. But I think that is changing. There are now ways to get out legally...
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 03, 2017
Gorgeous capture! Congrats.
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DaveKochPhoto December 03, 2017
Thank you!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett December 03, 2017
awesome - congrats :)
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DaveKochPhoto December 03, 2017
Thank you Jamie!
Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose December 28, 2017
Wow, I have no words. This is stunning!
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DaveKochPhoto December 29, 2017
Alfredo- just a matter of capturing something already incredible!
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JyoScapes January 01, 2018
Stunning capture. Do you know a way to get here. I had heard it was not open to public.
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DaveKochPhoto January 01, 2018
Contact The Black Rock Possee or something like that. There uis a group called Black Rock that can get you out.....
nancyb926
 
nancyb926 February 19, 2018
Masterpiece
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DaveKochPhoto February 19, 2018
Nancy- you are too kind! This is all about nature- I just captured it....
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bobbytaylor71 April 11, 2018
An amazingly crafted image ... Awesome colour, detail and clarity of focus. Congrats on your awards, well done.
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DaveKochPhoto April 11, 2018
Thank you Bobby!

Behind The Lens

Location
This is one of the most unique places I have ever been. It is a bit hard to get to, though. The first time I went, I left my home in SLC at midnight and drove all night to try and get the sunrise. I was about an hour late, but it was still amazing... My last trip, we met up with our hosts in Reno, and left about 4 AM. Even still, we BARELY made it. This location is on private land, and while they are making a lot of noise about opening this up for public tours, it is still closed. The Black Rock people are who you need to get ahold of to get an invite out here...
Time
This was obviously dawn. The whole point of this shoot was to get the color of dawn and the color of the geyser together. Most shots of this place are mid-day and full sun; I was wanting something very different.
Lighting
This is all natural. I did shoot some alt exposures if I needed to bring in HDR. but that was not needed.
Equipment
This was shot with my Nikon D-810 with a shutter of 1/640sec. The ISO was 320. I used a Tamron lens set to ƒ/10 at 24mm. There were 5-7 vertical images shot for this panorama. Stitched in Lightrooms.
Inspiration
Many years ago, a photographer came into my framers with a picture of the geyser. I was taken. She was entering the piece in the state fair. That stayed in my head for a decade, and then I finally decided to get out there and shoot it. It took a while to get it all worked out, but when I finally made it, I was so happy! It was one of the major bucket list items in my photography career.
Editing
First, I had to patch up the panorama. Next I straightened my lines and worked out all the distortions from a 24mm. I did some dodging and burning, and played with some contrast. That was about it.
In my camera bag
I have a few bags, for different uses. This was my D810 kit, which I use in a backpack bag. I strap a carbon fiber manfroto with a RRS ball head on it- fast to use, secure, lightweight. This kit usually is a 14-14, 24-70 and a 70-200. Depending on what I want to do, I may throw in a prime or two. This kit also has a lot of extras in it- I keep 4 batteries, a couple flashlights, lens cleaners, filters (none used this day). I have a separate APS-C kit with my D500 in it. I also keep a few flashes around, which I do use in landscape photography sometimes. I am currently using Flashpoints- the AD 200, Strobes and the XPLORE 600.
Feedback
It is always easier to shoot a location the SECOND time. You know a lot better what to expect, and you have a lot better idea what you want to get (what you missed the LAST time!). You can probably drop things from your pack, or add new things. The most important thing I would say is that it is OK to pre-viz. Its important to- you need to plan, think up ideas, etc. JUST DON'T BE TIED TO YOUR PRE-VIZ. You will be out doors, in nature, and at the mercy of the elements. YOU NEEDED TO ROLL WITH IT! All the pre-viz in the world wont help you shoot a sunrise on a rainy day. SO shoot a good rain picture, don't try to make it something it is not. My best, most incredible pictures were all not what I originally set out to shoot.

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