Hot water from the Prismatic Spring shelf flowed into a “holding” pond before it entered the stream below. Hot water entering a cooler pool of water generated a steady mist. When I took this image, I was thinking black and white to express the eerie feeling of the mist.
A boardwalk runs along the edge of the spring. The reflection of people walking along the walk caught my eye when the mist periodically lifted. I did not have the foresight to be patient and take an image with a light mist to create the mystic feeling I felt. Lesson learned; Be ready to capture a “feeling” and not just a “picture”.
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. The immensity of the spring is very difficult to capture from the ground level. I had my 24-105mm lens and only could capture a portion of the spring. I could not change to my 14mm wide angle because of the extreme harsh mist generated by the hot spring. On my next visit I will make two trips to photograph from the ground level. The first will be with my wide aperture lens to try to capture as much of the overall grandness of the spring. The second will be with my mid-range zoom to capture the details. To get a full photo of the spring, one needs to hike up the trail on the hill above the spring. The trail is currently (June 2017) in construction and not accessible..
I found the details of the water and mud beds below fascinating. Lines, colors, and reflections intrigued me. I will display images of some of those images in future posts.