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Back to the Yellowstone series, after a long break.

This shot is of the margins of the well-known Grand Prismatic Spring, probably the park's most well-known feature after the Old Faithful geyser. The familiar view is an aerial shot but we didn't have a helicopter handy. Wink

The main part of the spring is shrouded in steam, since the water is at about 70C and, although this was taken in late June, that's only really spring at an altitude of a mile and a half! The colours are caused by mats of bacteria that thrive in the hot water. Zones of different temperatures support different mixes of bacteria, causing the banded effect greener bacteria like hotter water so orange turns to yellow and green closer to the centre. This area is the run-off down towards the Firehole River.

#2 is a closer view of the bacterial mat, taken nearby. I was originally going to upload it on its own but decided it wasn't interesting enough.

All comments and criticism appreciated.

Dave.

Monday, 22nd June, 2009.
17mm, f/11, 1/250s, ISO-100.

Camera:Canon EOS 400D
Lens:Canon 17-40mm f/4 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Yellowstone (IV)
Username:DRicherby DRicherby
Uploaded:28 Mar 2010 - 3:11 PM
Tags:Geyser, Grand prismatic spring, Hot spring, Landscape / travel, Orange, Red, Wyoming, Yellowstone national park
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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 3:16 PM

Excellent shot Dave. The springs shoreline provides a great lead-in and the colours are stunning.

Derek

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gingerdelight
28 Mar 2010 - 3:21 PM

Superbly captured Dave, excellent colours and composition.
Carol

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jonrayner
jonrayner  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 4:17 PM

Wow, such a vibrancy of colours; the deep orange and deep blue of the sky. Fantastic shot.
Jon

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User_Removed
28 Mar 2010 - 5:28 PM

super colours.

Al.

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rockfish
rockfish  4 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 - 5:45 PM

I like the great colour palette in this, and especially the comp with the orange lead in. Top shot.
Peter

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Imagephotographics

Beautiful image indeed

Chris

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 9:17 PM

Love the curving orange bacterial mat. A friend is visiting here in May, looks like she's in for a great time! I enjoy V2 as a minamalist abstract.
Barbara

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 9:31 AM

Grand composition and colour. A

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 3:26 PM

How unusual to see this
Thanks for your write uo

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 10:08 PM

Stunning set of images, superb colour and composition, for me it has to be V1.

Hugh

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 11:54 PM

Excellent compositions..

Bernie

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 2:41 AM

That is so fascinating about the bacteria mat and the different temperatures. And about the bison! Thanks for the very informative share, Dave, and two VERY well recorded images here.

A.

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 10:03 AM

What a well composed image! Amazing colours and lught. Just love that sweeping shape in V1.

Ann

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clicknimagine
30 Mar 2010 - 11:20 AM

what a fantastic color, superb shot, i prefer v1...

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 11:56 AM

Magical place and beautifully photographed Dave.

regards
Yung

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 6:53 PM

Good governor! That orange is so striking - bacteria!!! ewww - actually, I guess it's a kind of algae, right. It's the steam that makes this though. I like the way you've composed it with the curve coming in from the corner of the frame.
Bacteria - puts me right off the wine............

Anne Smile

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2010 - 7:57 PM

Awwwww, don't be scared of bacteria. Smile Two good reasons:

o There are about ten times as many bacterial cells in your body as there are human cells. The human cells are quite a bit larger and heavier but, at least in terms of head count, what you think of as `you' is mostly bacteria.

o The buttery/creamy taste in certain white wines (commonly chardonnays) is caused by bacteria that ferment malic acid, which tastes of tart apples, in the young wine to lactic acid, which tastes somewhat milky.

But, yes, it is bacteria, rather than algae. Algae are simple plants but bacteria have a rather different internal structure, lacking nuclei and other bits and bats.

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maratsuikka
31 Mar 2010 - 6:17 PM

...and here comes Award for our great TeamMan......klik

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astyag
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31 Mar 2010 - 7:07 PM

Dave this is a very powerful scene, well done
Astyag

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2010 - 12:45 AM

Excellent colour.I love V1's misty ,colour and curve.V2's bright colour.It's really nice to know about the bacterial mat.Thank you.
xiaoli

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2010 - 3:56 AM

I am now much wiser Smile

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2010 - 2:24 PM

lovely comp and colours in v1.lesley

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Bigtoe
Bigtoe  5 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2010 - 7:56 PM

Beautiful strong colours here Dave. Like the frame as well. Tony.

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
5 Apr 2010 - 9:59 AM

What an amazing sight Dave, love the lead in following the water into the steam and the blue sky overhead.

I was initially wondering whether you had a special suit to get this close to the lava, so fascinated to read your information.

But what made you think that telling Anne that she's only 9.1% human would make her feel better about bacteria, or that whenever she drinks wine more of the invading army are moving in afresh Wink
Tim

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 3:04 PM

I am stunned to read all the info and comments, that colour so unreal!
I am wondering about the smell? was there one? or is that just like the sulpher hot springs in NZ?
amazing shots both of them, especially V1 with the steam
Lillian

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2010 - 3:10 PM

Thanks, Lillian. Smile I don't remember any particular smell around the Grand Prismatic Spring, though some other areas were rather sulphurous — especially the aptly named Sulphur Cauldron.

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Lillian
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6 Apr 2010 - 3:36 PM

You need to go to Rotarua NZ then... smell....disaster zone! whew, pity people living there.
thanks for the reply just thought with all that steam there, would have caused odour from heat
Lillian

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maggie9
maggie9  545 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Apr 2010 - 8:27 AM

ohhh my....resplendant orange
fab impact


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gary_d
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8 Apr 2010 - 11:28 PM

This is a spectacular image Dave and a very interesting write up. - gary

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 1:24 PM

spectacular, would love to visit this one day meanwhile I will enjoy your series. Smile

Linda

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paulcr
paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2010 - 12:37 AM

Thats different.. Paul

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Animalsmagic
11 Apr 2010 - 5:59 PM

Super colour and the curve is fantastic, great capture of a truly wonderful place
Mark

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2010 - 11:17 PM

V2 makes sence when No1 has been viewed,two nice shots,
A place I'd love to see,,

Aidan,,

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 4:18 PM

A very well composed image. The colours are superb! Sounds like a chemical war fare of colour going on! Well done
Carol

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NobbytheNobster

Fantastic shot and what an amazing place.
Ricky.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2010 - 4:57 PM

Love how this orange sweeps around the picture - amazing detail and write up
Helen

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HectorRivera
16 Apr 2010 - 1:29 PM

Nice shot

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2010 - 7:07 PM

Terrific colours, textures and atmosphere in V1 Dave - love the swirling rising steam and the skyscape. Superb detail and textures in V2. Thanks for a really fascinating description too.
Sylvia

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
19 Apr 2010 - 8:51 AM

V1 +++++
cor

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hebdens
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12 May 2010 - 4:33 PM

Fantastic scene, the colours are amazing. Ha Ha know I know why I am allergic to chardonnays ; )))))
Tracy

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catherinekp79
28 Jun 2010 - 6:46 PM

A really excellent capture. Smile

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cirrusminor
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30 Sep 2010 - 12:56 AM

Silently simmering, patiently waiting Wink

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Rende
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24 Oct 2010 - 10:41 AM

Beautifully composed dramatic shot.
Rende

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candywest
candywest  7 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2010 - 11:06 PM

this amazing i love the composition

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BettyFlashlight

brilliant images in your gallery a delight Ju

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hasu  6 United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2010 - 2:09 PM

Wow! what a capture!!!!!!!!!!! 10/10

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Ezo
Ezo  4 England
17 Dec 2010 - 8:38 AM

V1 is a great shot Dave and V2 although not much on its own compliments V1 and tells a bit more of the story. Nice write up too.
Ant

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lostnspace2011

Nice mixture of colours Dave. Lovely shot.

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