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A view with my coffee

Thank God McDonalds opened around 5 AM!


I woke up just before to put on my photo-ninja outfit to be sure to get the sunrise in Yellowstone. Once you are in the park, there's not a lot of food or drink options, and it's not a good idea to take a bag o' food out into the wild. But, it was a good idea to stop at McDonalds in West Yellowstone to get a giant coffee.


The rivers in Yellowstone are fed by both rain and geothermal sources, so the water is a bit more warm than you would expect. The cool mornings, even in July, brings fresh steam off the tops. Once the sun finally comes up, it gives everything a golden hue.


I know that many of you have used my World of Textures Tutorial (thanks!) to try some different things with your photography. I still do this a lot too. Obviously, I did it here as well, and used three different textures to achieve this.


Tomorrow, stay tuned for a new video that shot while at another location in Yellowstone. I gave a sneak peak of it to people that got the Newsletter... I tried to set low expectations, and that seemed to work because people liked it! Ah well... let me try to reset low expectations... it's not that good.


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Taken on June 28, 2009