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Yellowstone Thermal Pool - 3 | by Bill Wight CA
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Yellowstone Thermal Pool - 3

A bubbling mini-geyser / thermal pool near the Midway Geyser Basin section of Yellowstone. We came upon this one as it was frothing and spitting boiling hot water, sometimes 4-5 feet in the air. The bright yellows and oranges are lower forms of life, called archaea, that are actually living in this near boiling water.

 

I could spend an entire season in this area and not photograph all these fantastic thermal features.

 

I tried to run my three exposures of this pool through Photomatix Pro HDR processing, but I found that there was enough movement between exposures in the water and mist (it is not steam, as steam is invisible) that it smeared the water and mist. So I used Photoshop CS3 and some other techniques to get this effect.

 

For those interested in the geology of the hot springs in Yellowstone, follow the link below:

 

www.nps.gov/yell/naturescience/hotspring.htm

 

I'll keep the location of these pools secret, except to those who join me for a Yellowstone workshop.

 

If you would like to join me for a Yellowstone photography workshop in the spring or fall of 2013, see my profile page.

  

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Taken on June 18, 2009