Yellowstone Lake

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Yellowstone Lake sits at the southern end of the Hayden Valley and the Yellowstone River drains into it.  It is a fairly large lake, about 12 x 15 miles, with about 180 miles of shoreline.  On a clear day its waters are a startling pure blue.

I found it to be an ideal subject to photograph, particularly in early morning.  I don’t consider myself to be a particularly good landscape photographer but I found the play of the early morning light on the water of the lake to be irresistible.  Each morning that we were there the lake would be covered with a thick layer of fog at dawn that rapidly burned off as the sun cleared the horizon. It made for fantastic patterns of light and shade and some very attractive colors.  I shot this first image, looking east across the lake, just at the moment that the sun cleared the horizon.


As the sun got higher in the sky the colors changed dramatically.


The fog became suffused with a purple tint.  The water was almost perfectly reflective because at daybreak there was no wind.


I particularly enjoyed photographing this little islet a hundred yards or so off shore.

The first image made with a Canon 5DS-R, 18-35mm f4 L zoom IS lens @ 26mm, M setting, ISO 400, f11 @ 1/100.  The second and third images made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm f4-5.6 ISII zoom lens+1.4x extender, @ 140 mm, aperture priority setting.  The second image shot at ISO 400, f7.1 @ 1/1250.  The third image shot at ISO 250, f7.1 @ 1/1600.

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