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Grand Prismatic Symphony | by Marc Shandro
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Grand Prismatic Symphony

I had visited the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone back in 2005, only seeing it at ground-level from the boardwalk. Studying my photos after that trip, I determined that the next time I visited this place I would have to find a way to get to a higher view point to see this colorful spectacle more fully.


A few days before hitting the road for Yellowstone this summer with the kids, I studied this area in Google Earth to determine which hill we would hike up for a good vantage point. A Flickr search on Grand Prismatic Spring told me that a number of people must have climbed the hill I had chosen too. The plan was to take my big zoom lens along with my pano-head and bag myself a nice detailed panorama of polychromatic hotspring wonders.


My excitement over this plan was muted a bit the very next day by the contents in my mailbox -- a National Geographic with a beautiful aerial photo of these very springs. The realization hit me that this is just another one of those places that gets photographed to death and I'd be joining in with the crowd. So here's my take on the Grand Prismatic Spring...


Tech Details:

Nikon D300

200-400mm lens @ 360mm (VR turned on due to a breeze)

Circular polarizing filter

1/125 sec @ f6.7

Taken @ 12:38pm

ISO 400

Velbon SherpaPro tripod w/ RRS BH-55 ball head.


The larger view is always better... B l a c k M a g i c or as a Slideshow

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Taken on July 27, 2009