long exposure photo of old faithful geyser in yellowstone national park

Yellowstone Park's Old Faithful Geyser

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This last weekend we took a long road trip with a friend down from Bozeman, through Jackson Hole, Wyoming and then back up through the Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. My goal was to get more than the cliché animal-from-the-car photos — which I took a number of anyway because really, how often do you see a Grizzly Bear with her cubs or a Big Horn Sheep?

We spent the night near Old Faithful Inn and pulled up in time to catch an eruption of the Old Faithful geyser just after sunset. I setup a tripod and experimented with a variety of exposure times before the geyser blew catching the rising puffs of steam in a variety of intervals between 1/30th of a second and 30 seconds.

This photo is a 6 second exposure towards the end of the eruption. Because of the length of the exposures I only got a few photos of the actual geyser eruption but have a whole collection of pictures of the process before and after.

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  • that’s a great decision to drag the shutter.. this looks really nice.. well done.. :)

  • this is SO cool. i love it. the feeling of upward energy really comes through.

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  • Shutter speed: 6 sec
  • Focal length: 61 mm
  • Aperture: f/13.0


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