a teatray in the sky

yellowstone one-a-days: day 8

Posted in 5D Mark II, National Parks, Photography, Technique and Development, Yellowstone National Park by firthefirst on September 23, 2010

sick at home today … and sitting at the computer reading through a report from a consultant.  I figured if I’m healthy enough to be proofing reports, I’m healthy enough to type a few lines.

grand geyser is one of several geysers in the old faithful basin that completely overshadow OF itself.  it’s also far less predictable — the park rangers usually give it a 4 or 5 hour window in which they suspect it will go off.  to be safe, folks end up waiting right from the beginning of that time slot.  unfortunately, grand is a bit of a procrastinator, and both times I’ve waited it’s fired at the very butt end of its eruption window.

worth it?  you betcha.  the proximity you get to Grand and its gorgeous white-tree-lined backdrop give it a far more immediate sense of scale than most of the other geysers, and it has an enjoyable tendency of trailing off to a burble before suddenly exploding to full height once again.

[exif: 5D Mark II,  Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L USM,  ISO 200,  f/13,  1/320]

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  1. photographyfree4all said, on September 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Great shot! I love those deep blue mountain skies! I used to see those in Colorado all the time.

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