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Yellowstone (V)

By DRicherby
This is Jupiter Terrace, part of the Mammoth Hot Springs area in the north-west corner of Yellowstone, near the Montana border. The hill that forms the horizon was formed entirely by hot, mineral-rich water from the hot springs above depositing the mineral travertine as it cools. The springs vary in their flow but, in active years, the terraces can advance by as much as a couple of feet and boardwalks and even parts of buildings have been engulfed.

The orange colour here is those bacteria again. There's no major editing: the rocks really are that grey and the run-off channel really is that orange. And yes, while those of us in the UK might not remember it, the sky really is blue sometimes. Wink

All comments and criticism welcome.


Tuesday, 23rd June, 2009.
40mm, f/11, 1/400s, ISO-200.

Tags: Orange Wyoming Landscape and travel Yellowstone national park Jupiter terrace Mammoth hot springs

Voters: barbarahirst, borrower, tigertimb and 42 more

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2010 12:20PM
Great bold colours and shapes
Comp is spot on for me

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borrower 8 4 England
9 Apr 2010 12:22PM
Cracking shot, beautiful vibrant blue sky against the grey rock and forground.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2010 12:38PM
Excellent shot Dave and in a lot of ways I prefer this to the previous one where the oraange and blue are offset by the almost mono rocks.
The bacteria makes a nice sweep, round and up the corner, but I can't help feeling I'd like a little more on the left to accentuate this and show more of the triangular outcrop?
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2010 12:44PM
Good point, Tim. I don't remember if there was any reason why I didn't pull out a bit to include more of where the orange swoosh was coming from and maybe crop to 16:9. We're looking south-ish, in the late morning, so it's possible that I was trying to avoid shooting close to the sun.
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2010 1:34PM
Wonderful tones across the image. I know you've said it's nauturally like it, if you hadn't I'd have wondered if you'd selectively coloured areas! Like the positioning of the tree.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
9 Apr 2010 4:52PM
I just read Barbara's comment and she stole my point about selective

I was just gonna say that it's so cool to get a shot like this where Nature lends it its own selective colouring.

Very well documented (and fascinating) geology, Dave.

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 1:25PM
Just continuing my tour..... Smile very interesting

xwang 9 56 8
10 Apr 2010 2:05PM
Beautiful grey,orange and blue...Excellent detail, the plants bring life into the picture...Like the composition.
10 Apr 2010 7:26PM
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
10 Apr 2010 7:34PM
It really looks like another world with the lack of colour in the rocks, that lone tree and the contrasting colour of sky and foreground orange. Superb composition.

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
10 Apr 2010 7:45PM
I like the tones ...very nice
jonrayner 10 8 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 7:48PM
Great shot, very detailed and crisp throughout with a good composition. I love the contrast of the amazingly blue sky against the grey/ white of the rocks. You once commented on one of my images, that it looked like a scene from a Dr Who episode, well I shall replicate that comment, as this could also be from Dr Who, as a desolate/ dying planet!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 10:21PM
So many wonderful comments, going along with them as it really is an outer space looking place! "My Heron and I say.. herrie vel doooneee!
da ya! and thank you
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2010 11:39PM
Great composition, colours and detail, beautifully taken.

cassiecat 10 39 46 England
11 Apr 2010 2:13AM
this looks like it could be another fav is the previous one for the zingy colour and steam.lesley
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2010 9:22AM
Amazing scene--Lovely explanation,
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
11 Apr 2010 11:12AM
I see why you felt the explanation was needed, it does look rather like you've desaturated the rocks, & the right side of the shot.

Gosh, so that's what that "blue sky" stuff everyone talks about looks like? Smile
astyag 10 12
11 Apr 2010 12:45PM
Spectacular shot! and what a great view plus some interesting description
smartbox 9 1 2 United States
11 Apr 2010 5:33PM
Yellowstone is a beautiful place to take in. I haven't been there yet with a camera but will try and plan a trip this summer.

You have done well with the presentation. You have an awesomely blue shy and love the contrasting color in this scene. Well done.

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my captures.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 2:41AM
INteresting information and fine capture. Nice combination of colours.

metro074 8 8 Australia
12 Apr 2010 4:20PM
Superb image. I hope these bacteria colours are not contagous!!
14 Apr 2010 12:04AM
Another realy nice shot. Facinating facts too!
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2010 4:54PM
30th click for this - good write up, great sky and the natural colours are interesting, but not a patch on the colours from the previous upload
great work.Dave
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
18 Apr 2010 7:14PM
Stunning capture Dave. Crisp sharp detail and again superb textures. Love the way that Mother Nature has surpassed PS in converting the rocks to mono and replacing the sky with that azure blue - LOL!). I do however take Tim's point re showing more of the triangular outcrop on the LHS but this is for me still an exceptional shot.
DonMc 9 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 5:07PM
Having been there quite a few years ago I know the colours can be amazing, super image, Don

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