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09.22.2011

We arrived at West Yellowstone around 10:00PM, but we never expected all accomodation were booked, this was because of annual hot rod event. So, we drove 15 miles back to have a room to stay for the night. We woke up early as there wass a lot to see, first the Yellowstone National Park then we needed to drive our way back to Provo, Utah for our next day trip. But before we headed to the Yellowstone, we did have our complimentary breakfast then I notice some of the hunter’s pride hang on the wall.  Good thing I have my camera with the Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 lens attached on it and had my tripod handy.

Photo taken using Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 at f/10 with 1/3 shutter and ISO200 using a tripod.

After an enormous breakfast, we drive by the West Yellowstone entrance and the lady in the information booth advised us that we need at least 2 days to see all what needs to be seen in the park, but then we don’t have the luxury of time so we decided to drive to the Old Faithful area and have a look at Lower Basin, Midway Basin and Upper Bassin.

Our first stop was the Lower Basin, largest geyser basin in Yellowstone.Photo below is the Celestine Pool which was taken with Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 with both ND Filter 0.9 and Graduated ND Filter at f/22 3 seconds and ISO100.

Each geyser has its own name and we first visited the Clepsydra Geyser located at the Lower Basin just few steps from the Celetial Pool. I tried my luck in taking HDR photo, I was not that confident as smoke was coming out of the geyser, but as I processed the photos, it turn out good.

There are a lot of photos that you can take in the Lower Basin, but we have to move our way to the Mid Geyser as we have limited time. Here, you will be greeted by the Excelsior Geyser and when you walk further north you will see the Turquoise Pool. Then we passed by the Opal Pool where I tried to lift my camera with the tripod to get a mini-airial view of it.  

Photo was taken with Sigma 10-20 at f/13 with shutter of 1/200 and at ISO200.

Then we walk by the most pictured spring in Yellowstone, the Grand Prismatic Spring, also known as the “Spring of Life.” This is the largest spring in the US and third in the world. The vividness of the spring can’t be compared to any spring I’ve seen so far especially when you take an aerial shoot of it. Well, I can’t do aerial, so I just took some panoramic photos of it.

I wish I could have taken some aerial, but with this, I’m satisfied already. In the same place, you can also see the Prism Lake. I took a photo of it using a Graduated ND Filter since I was against the sun.

This is the Prism Lake; you can also see a portion of the Turquoise Pool which is at the upper left of the photo and the Excelsior Geyser at the upper right of the photo.

Next stop was the Upper Basin. Here I was able to see geyser in action. Well you just have to wait for it to burst open, I guess patience is really a virtue. I was just sitting there for 15 minutes, then you can hear some rumbling sounds beneath and some water bursts out of the geyser.

This photo series was taken with Sigma 10-20, handheld at f/11 1/320 and ISO200.

This photo series was taken with Sigma 10-20, handheld at f/11 1/320 and ISO200.

This photo series was taken with Sigma 10-20mm lens, handheld at f/11, 1/320 sec and ISO 200. All I can say is, you just have to wait. With the photo above, I could say my visit at the Yellowstone National Park is complete. I have the geysers in action and the colorful spring. So we call it a day and drive our way to Provo, Utah to spend a night.

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  1. Wow you got some great pics