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on Feb 14, 2011 in Landscape Photography, Yellowstone Life

It’s all in the Steam!

Had a few folks email asking what I meant when I said “steam” makes the shot and I crank a whole bunch to get the shot. Here’s a simple series of just five images taken with the D3x at 1.8FPS over a span of perhaps 10sec. You’ll see that the images changes slightly with each click. The last image is my favorite. Why? It’s the ratio of lights and darks, information and lack there of that makes it a favorite. There is no recipe for that which is why I shoot the burst (if you call shooting at 1.8FPS shooting a burst). The small nuisances of steam here and steam not there happen too fast at least for my eye to see it, squeeze the shutter off and capture it. I see the general pattern forming which is what starts the firing sequence and I see it ending which stops the firing. But I can’t see “the” image fast enough to make the photo with one click. It’s all in the steam.

Photos captured by D3x, 70-200VR2 on Lexar UDMA digital film