The Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone. The bands of vivid color are colonies of pigmented microbes that can tolerate extreme temperature ranges.
Yellowstone – Photo Tip

Shooting Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring

Photo by Peter Adams

Yellowstone – Photo Tip Shooting Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring

I am always looking for new methods to capture fresh-looking images. In the last few years I have become addicted to viewing the earth from the air, and captivated by the graphic and abstract images that reveal our world in a new way.

Peter Adams
Peter Adams Travel Photographer

Shooting Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring was high on my wish list and, having found a helicopter pilot with a good working relationship with the national park, I felt I was halfway there. However, though it was early summer, I had to wait four days for clear cloudless conditions to ensure strong colors and a landscape free from the dark shadows of clouds. Approaching Grand Prismatic I shot smaller springs and the patterns surrounding them.

Despite having walked around the site on the previous day, nothing prepared me for the vivid rainbow colors caused by the pigmented bacteria. The picture here is as seen with no manipulation or saturated color. As we turned back for the airfield I found myself humming “What a Wonderful World” and my feet did not properly touch the ground for the next couple of days.

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Hot spring and water patterns from the air, Yellowstone National

Yellowstone National Park's Upper Geyser Basin has more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, the greatest concentration of hot springs and geysers in the world. Geologists believe the earth's crust is about 60km in Yellowstone, less than half as thick compared to most other land areas. Photo by Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Peter Adams

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Aperture
ƒ/10/1
Exposure
1/1000
ISO
500
Focal
105/1 mm

Yellowstone National Park's Upper Geyser Basin has more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, the greatest concentration of hot springs and geysers in the world. Geologists believe the earth's crust is about 60km in Yellowstone, less than half as thick compared to most other land areas.

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