Zolt Levay  

Chromatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park by Zolt Levay

September 2020 - Chromatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

September 2020 - Zolt Levay


About the Image(s)

This photo is from Chromatic Spring, one of the many geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park from a few years ago. The colors arise from various microbes adapted to different water temperatures, some at near boiling point. Barring the ability to shoot from above, I wanted to create a perspective that highlighted the other-worldly nature of this extreme landscape, using a wide-angle lens (the equivalent of 15mm at the cropped field of view of the DX lens) and getting down low, pretty close to the edge of the spring (but still on the boardwalk ” this is one of the springs where you can get quite close). There was minimal processing, mostly some contrast and clarity adjustments, compared to the rather flat raw frame. I might have preferred different light to highlight the texture and terrain, but time of day and clouds in the direction of the sun didn’t cooperate.

Nikon D300, 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 @10mm, 1/125 sec., f/16, ISO 200

5 comments posted

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
I decided to shave and see that I must have spilled my can of foam and goo... oops.
Seriously, very cool image. You definitely succeeded in creating an other-worldly perspective. Getting low made for a good angle. It makes the pool look like it's floating. That alone makes the image for me. I also like the sky. It somewhat mirrors the shape of the pool. The blue and yellow complement each other very well. Did you use a polarizer? The upper left half of the sky seems like some over polarization. It's hard to tell for sure. Nevertheless, that minor flaw is easily repairable.
My only complaint is that this image is not shown larger. I really want to see the detail further out. The reflections look enticing and hills and wooded area calls for some visual exploration. Exceptional image, Zolt. I can't wait to see more of what you have to offer.   Posted: 09/10/2020 10:50:28

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
My own experience is that it is extremely difficult to walk away with good images of the Yellowstone thermal features. So congrats on capturing such a nice image. Indeed it does appear like the bright colored portion of the pool is floating.   Posted: 09/12/2020 12:56:08

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Zolt - I am drawn in by the not-quite circles on the ground and the color of the organisms. The clarity of the foreground is well captured and nicely framed by the tree line. The color contrast is immediately striking.
I think that I would crop out some of the sky - pulling the image top down to just above the tree-line on the right - as this adds emphasis to the blob.   Posted: 09/13/2020 15:59:00

Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Very cool image Zsolt! I remember seeing pools like that in Yellowstone when I visited many years ago. I like how you pulled out the deep, rich colors of the sulfur pools as well as the blues of sky and the textures of the clouds. Great shot!   Posted: 09/14/2020 10:13:03

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Excellent landscape image! Good balance between the foreground and the sky. Nice use of color balance as well. Also, compared to the original, you brought out the colors very well. I like the cloud structure in the sky and feel this brings out the quality of the image. There is a portion of the sky that in my opinion may be a little over saturated. Very well done!   Posted: 09/21/2020 12:50:01


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