Great Geyser Abstract, Wyoming
Here it is, folks – number ten of my ten favorite images of the decade from 2000 – 2010. I made this image in Yellowstone National Park a day or two before Melissa and I were married. We took her family on a tour of Yellowstone since they had never been and probably would never go back. We hit all the usual tourist spots: Old Faithful, Hayden Valley, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the little loop that passes Great Geyser. In truth, I’d never been to Great Geyser and of course, my camera was along just in case. As we walked out on the boardwalk I noticed that clouds were reflecting in the top terrace while brightly colored bacterial mats inhabited the lower terraces. I was just starting to settle into a groove of making intimate landscape photos and this little scene grabbed my attention right away. I excused myself to return to the truck where my faithful camera was patiently waiting.
Using my 100-400mm lens I was able to extract a small slice of the overall scene. I didn’t have a lot of time to work as there were several people waiting for me to finish so we could continue their tour of the park. Fortunately, the composition came quick and there were no exposure challenges. I made the image, we all crammed back into the truck and were back on the road doing more touristy things.
Often, we as photographers connect with one of our images because of the adventure involved in making the image. Obviously, that isn’t the case here. I don’t know what it is about the image that keeps me coming back to it. It isn’t my strongest image. There was no adventure involved in making it. Nothing momentous happened while I was creating the image, although perhaps tying the knot a couple days later has something to do with my affinity for the photo! It’s just a simple image of a simple scene. I hope you enjoy it.