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Yellowstone (VI)

By DRicherby
Using a slow shutter speed for waterfalls is a popular technique and this is the ultimate version of that. You guys call 1/4s slow but, come on, it isn't it's less than the average blink of an eye (about 1/3s).

At Cleopatra Terrace, run-off from a hot spring flows down a little hill, depositing minerals as it cools. At the moment, the flow is just a trickle but you can see a whiff of steam at the top. I figure the effective exposure here has to be at least several decades. Wink

I've posted both in black and white and in colour and I'd be interested to hear your opinions on which works best, or on anything else, for that matter!


Tuesday, 23rd June, 2009.
200mm, f/11, 1/500s, ISO-200.

Tags: Black and white Stalagmite Stalactite Geyser Hot spring Wyoming Landscape and travel Yellowstone national park Mammoth hot springs Cleopatra terrace

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LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 12:50PM
Fascinating - personally I prefer the colour version.

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helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 12:50PM
Maybe that heat haze shows better in mono, rather than against the strong blue sky. But for me "yellow stone" works best in colour
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 12:58PM
Funnily I thought this looked like a macro of some special bread!!!!
Now I have looked a bit closer ,, Large version
A great shot and really cant decide which version I prefer
16 Apr 2010 1:19PM
Colour for me, very nice indeed.
Jalapeno 10 127 2 Iceland
16 Apr 2010 1:19PM
I like the mono better as the colour is great but I am just not find of plain blue sky.... however, its a nice texture you have captured!
maryg 11 66 18 Scotland
16 Apr 2010 1:28PM
Much prefer the colour version, for me it seems to show more of the detail which seems to get swallowed up in the mono ( if you see what I am trying to say as I don't have a lot of the technical jargon )
Regards Mary
HectorRivera 12 17 1 United States
16 Apr 2010 1:30PM
Great texture
baclark 10 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 1:41PM
Colour for me Dave so that I can enjoy all those wonderful tones in the hill.
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 1:42PM
Although the exposure is spot on here, the details come across far better in the coloured version. A super image that would also make an interesting abstract if you cloned out the sky. This is great viewed Large, with some stunning colours and textures.
jonrayner 12 8 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 2:32PM
For me it is very difficult to pick between the two images. I see textures in the B&W, and tones int he colour version. If I had to pick one for the wall (as they are both strong candidates for a wall), then I would go for the B&W. Perhaps this is because I am in a very B&W frame of mind lately; I am finding that B&W uncovers a hidden image behind a colour version. In this instance, the textures really come to life in the B&W which may have been unobserved or not as prominent in the colour version. That said I do like the contrast of the hillside against the deep blue of the sky.
JOKEN 11 3 10 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 3:46PM
I prefer the colour version, for the lovely shades and tones of colour.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 7:45PM
The patterns are wonderful and I enjoyed viewing the colour version the most.
borrower 10 4 England
16 Apr 2010 10:08PM
Cracking shots, colour for me.
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
17 Apr 2010 12:04AM
Great image Dave, color for me this time, an informative write up too,
Paintman Plus
13 1.3k 177 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2010 8:46AM
I like both photos and especially the textures of the formations.

I used dodge and burn to bring out the steam in the sky after converting to mono and to accentuate the lights and darks in the rocks.

DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2010 10:06AM
Thanks for the mod, Alan — looks really good! I tried to dodge the steam myself but I couldn't get anything that looked natural so I gave up on that part.
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2010 12:57PM
I lean towards the colour version for the contrasts agianst the sky, some lovely textures and patterns - both work for that reason

metro074 10 8 Australia
17 Apr 2010 2:36PM
I like the mono very much but V2 with the colourful well detailed stone is outstanding agianst the blue sky. Well done Dave.
17 Apr 2010 2:44PM
Colour version for me.
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
17 Apr 2010 4:20PM
I'm torn, Dave. I love the colours in V2, especially with that sky. But in V1 you really get a feel of the quilted complexion of the rocks.

I would say V2 marginally edges out V1 for me. Oh, I felt a bit fiddly so here are two mods Smile

DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2010 4:46PM
Thanks for the mods, Andrew — much appreciated! I can't really judge the colour one as it's hard to look past the fact that the fairly pale oranges in the version I posted are how I remember the formation to be, whereas they've become darker and browner in your mod. The black and white works really well and I think it treats the highlights better than my version.
videotec 11 8 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2010 5:49PM
I like the V1,the most, Nice textures.
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
17 Apr 2010 7:27PM
i like the paler colours of your v2 than the mod. and v2 is defo my choice for those scummy colours and the textures. couldnt resist a play though seeing as you offered.lesley Smile
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
17 Apr 2010 7:48PM
Doh! I didn't realise I'd gone and changed your oranges to browns, Dave. Bah. I was going for more emphasis on texture and deeper lines and didn't consider the hues.

As for the BW, same...I was going for deeper texture as well. And the sky is dark but I thought I'd use the excuse of "I was giving it a nighttime feel"

davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
18 Apr 2010 8:14AM
I love the rich, vibrant colours, so V2 for me.
User_Removed 10 80 1 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2010 3:24PM
Love both versions!
teocali Plus
12 442 18 England
18 Apr 2010 7:19PM
Fantastic detail and textures in both versions. The colour version just has the edge for me though - love the light, the varying soft tones and the contrast of that stunning blue sky.
NobbytheNobster 10 33 5 England
19 Apr 2010 1:25PM
Very nice shot (both versions) The colour version alamost looks like a fabric quilt with the patterns.
Nicely taken.
TerryMcK 11 72 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2010 10:11PM
Although favouring V2 with its wonderful variety of colours, tones, & textures, I can also appreciate the appeal of the monochrome V1.
Interesting narrative, too.
xwang 10 56 8
20 Apr 2010 9:57AM
I think that both are excellent images.It depends on what I want to get from your images. From artistic point view,I perhaps prefer V1, strong pattern, texture etc.If I want to gain more realistic information about this place,I would look at V2.It tells me weather,mineral colour etc.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
21 Apr 2010 5:00PM
Ansel eat your heart out - the difference between the mono and the color version is incredible. I do go for the mono though - I'm often in a mono mood, but then I take a glass of wine, and color returns to my world. Smile
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2010 5:06PM
Must be red wine that does that to you. Wink
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
21 Apr 2010 7:20PM
Hmmm, never thought of that, but that might explain a lot of things!!
astyag 12 12
21 Apr 2010 7:30PM
Coloured version looks best, well done, great stuff
RTDS 11 Cyprus
30 Apr 2010 8:13PM
Great capture.
Have to say that V2 is the best one.

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