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Detail of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Detail of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.
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AnnHopta March 07, 2021
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
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Eddieuuu071 May 25, 2023
Such great colors!
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Behind The Lens


This is a photo of Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, which is about 300 feet in diameter.


This photo was taken at 11 am in the morning, not the best time of day.


Since this photo was taken in the middle of the day, with overcast skies, I found a tight composition that shows off the unique colors and atmosphere of this place, without the dull sky (and all the other tourists). To reduce the reflections on the water surface and bring out the colors, a polarizing filter was used.


Canon EOS RP with 24-105 mm f/4L and B+W polarizer, handheld (no space for a tripod on busy boardwalk).


The great colors are definitely the main inspiration for this shot, but I also wanted to make sure I don't take the same photo as everybody else. The tight composition allows me to exclude the boring sky (and forest in the background) and instead emphasizes the colors and patterns in the foreground, and also helps to bring out the steam rising from the hot spring.


Only minimal post-processing to adjust brightness, color, contrast and minimal cropping.

In my camera bag

My main camera is a Canon 5DS with a number of prime and zoom lenses and a big tripod. But there was no time and place to set it up here, so for walking around I also carry a Canon RP with a 24-105 mm zoom lens to grab a quick shot here and there.


In popular photographic locations like the US National Parks, its very easy to get sucked into recreating all the great photographs one can find on the internet. Instead, try to find your unique vision, get off the beaten path (not in this case, stay on the official boardwalk!), and create something new, different, meaningful.

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