Lou McLove  

Yellowstone Caldera by Lou McLove

June 2020 - Yellowstone Caldera

June 2020 - Lou McLove


About the Image(s)

This is an image of a thermal pool near Old Faithful in Yellowstone NP that I took a few years ago while on a winter photo trip to the park. The camera was a Canon 50D, with a Canon 17-85 lens at 17mm shot at 1/250 second at f 16. In Lightroom I decreased the exposure about 1/4 stop and increased the clarity. I sharpened the image some and using the HSL sliders I increased both the orange and aqua saturation and luminance.

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9 comments posted

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Lou, this is certainly one of the great geological locations on earth - a special place. The colors of the pools are intense (as are the temperatures).

To me your broad saturations have made parts of the image less realistic (eg the water) and some of the image (ie the majority of the pool coverage) less desirable. I would suggest masking everything but the small portion of the pool and saturating just that.   Posted: 06/03/2020 11:21:54
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for the comments Gary. I will try your suggestions and see what I get. Honestly though I am not sure what the pool actually looked like color-wise. I don't think the original RAW image is a true representation although it may be. I remember someone asking a photographer about the colors in his image and he replied that he had no idea what the original scene looked like since he had made so many changes over time.   Posted: 06/06/2020 10:38:11

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Lou, it seems lately that people take risks going to Yellowstone, not because of competing with tourists or dealing with beasts, but because of the increased volcanic activity. This photograph you took may soon be an impossibility.

I like your angle and vantage point for this shot. You nicely contrast the hot spring against the cool winter scene in the background. Saturating the orange colors made an already interesting scene a lot more interesting.   Posted: 06/05/2020 20:26:37
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hello Charles, thanks for the comments. I have been to Yellowstone in all seasons and I do like winter best. The scenery is great and there are far fewer people which, in my opinion, is a blessing. I find it hard to image the crazy things people do, endangering themselves and wildlife. Not to mention the people who go off the trails around hot springs and end up dying or getting seriously injured.   Posted: 06/06/2020 10:32:43

Gary La Musga
I find so many wonderful things in your capture. The composition keeps me wondering around and finding new things as my eyes move around the photo. I like the saturation, not too much or little.
Nice capture and post processing.
I was looking at Gary's post on the water, when I look at that area, it actually draws my eye back to the other water and then into the rest of the photo.. just my observation...   Posted: 06/06/2020 10:33:53
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks Gary, I appreciate the comments.   Posted: 06/07/2020 15:28:50

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
This is a great image. The steam combined with the white peaks (snow?) in the background make this a fine composition. I think that you post work enhanced the image.   Posted: 06/07/2020 13:39:55
Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Thanks for the comments Scott. Yes, it is snow in the background. We were lucky, they got about 2 feet the day before we arrived so everything was fresh.   Posted: 06/07/2020 15:26:49

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Talk about an image that's a study of contrast! The texture around the pool works well with the soft colored substance. The white snow and steam vapors also contribute a contrast. The shadow plays off the light. Some spots need to be cleaned up at top left from the snow line into the blue pool but other than that it is an eye pleaser!   Posted: 06/24/2020 18:40:39