I find myself coming back to Yellowstone National Park images again, and I don’t think I’ll stop for quite some time. The scenery offered so much more than interesting subject matter: the colors of the landscape are simply irresistible.
Even looking at this image after I’m done, I had to flip a few times to before and after to make sure that I did not deviate too far from the original. I’m both surprised and delighted that I did not. The colors in Yellowstone are just unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and the images are so much fun to play with over and over again.
As with all my landscapes, I try to recreate my perception of the place at the time I experienced it and this particular scene was all about color. Nothing here is forcefully added, colored by hand or tweaked in post-processing to beyond recognition. The colors are presented just as they are; the reds are just as rusty, the blues are just as acidic and the greens do have the glowing neon quality. Yet, such a place exists in nature and I am profoundly grateful that it does and also that I had the opportunity to see it in this lifetime.
Photographers often talk about challenges they had to overcome while taking a particular image; the one thing I recall from the past is that I would get so overwhelmed with such a majestic sight, that I would literally freeze and forget the most basic functions of my camera. I guess it was the pressure, especially if it was a place not so close to home and I knew that it was probably the only opportunity I’ll ever get to take the shot.
So, after many, many failed attempts, I learned to just take a deep breath, check my settings beforehand, and then just shoot without thinking. The eyes become a pretty good guide, and the hands tend to follow naturally, adjusting the controls. I’ve been a lot happier with my images since.
Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Exposure: 1/640 sec at f/13
Focal Length: 32 mm
Camera: Canon 5D MarkII
Lens: EF 24-105 mm