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Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-21
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Summer Vacation 2006: USA
Theme(s): Geysers, Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-02 14:19
Viewed: 5771
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This will be my last photo of Yellowstone, for now, and the next series will be in Teton NP. This geyser is located is located in the Upper Geyser Basin near Old Faitful and is still active. The reason why I posted this one if the reflection of they geyser. I have also posted a bonus photo which shows you a different POV and the trouble I had with the steam.

Some information on this geyser

The geyser has a 10-12 hour eruption cycle. The geyser erupts hot water for about 20 minutes to a height of 90 feet (27 meters) before changing to a noisy steam phase for 30-40 minutes.

It is also noted for the particularly large sinter deposits that form its cone. These have been likened in appearance to a castle. This appearance led Lieutenant G.C. Doane to name it Castle Geyser in 1870. The geyser is located in the Upper Geyser Basin a short walk from Old Faithful Geyser.

The sinter cone for Castle Geyser was dated to around 1022 using carbon-14 dating. This date is much younger than the presumed age of 5000 to 15000 years. A 3-D laser scan done of the cone shows evidence that this geyser has gone through four to five distinct stages to reach its current configuration.

In November 2002, an earthquake in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska caused Castle Geyser, as well as other geysers in Yellowstone, to decrease in eruption frequency. The affected geysers have since returned to their previous pattern.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-02 14:27]

A nice shot to end your series. Good capture of the steam and a great composition. I love the colours

HI Niek,
a wonderful place, I guess it was a beautiful visit there. Thanks for sharing all the pretty and interesting shots with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-08-02 15:13]


That is some shot you have there with a great reflection through the orange/brown area and onto the normal water area.

Great compostion and POV with excellent DOF.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-02 15:36]

Hi Niek,
Great shot of something I'd love to see for myself. Great colours, especially that rich orange in the water. Excellent detail as always from you and an interesting note. I think the workshop picture is great too. Good job you recognised that your equipment might get damaged by the steam, I probably wouldn't have thought of it!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-02 16:54]

Otra interesante presentación Niek con 2 imágenes muy bonitas.
Muy agradable colorido con adecuada nitidez, encuadre y POV, además del plus de la reflexión tan particular.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos.. Ricardo

Another interesting presentation Niek with 2 very pretty images.
Very pleasant colorful with suitable clearness, frame and POV, in addition to the extra of the so particular reflection.
Good job.
Greetings... Ricardo

Excellent capture of this magnificent phenomenon! I've never seen a geyser in my life! Very good composition and POV! The colors look bright and natural and contrast is nice! Great use of DOF! Congratulations and TFS! Sorry, no more points for today. I'll make it up with you next time!


Last YS post..WHAT? no Morning Glory Pool? Years ago it was wonderful. I think I heard something about it being damaged or something. Probably just too popular for you. I understand that.

This is a really nice photo Niek. I like the steam, the colors the reflections. Nice off center composition and good exposure.

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-02 19:10]

Good job with the steam, Niek! I struggled with it, and went WAY overboard! I like your subtle approach. Good angle and the cone for the light, too. Subtle reflection, too.

I like the first one better for how you got the steam coming out from the geyser like a volcano. THe reflection also is a nice added touch. The sky to me here though seems a bit on the weak side..perhaps some added saturation and contrast to the sky would be beneficial here to add to the overall drama of the photo.

Hi Niek,
Just time for a very quick visit. Very busy few days.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-03 2:52]

Hi Niek,
This is an unusual sight. I would not have thought Yellowstone immediately. It looks like a tiny little volcano, like the one that "The Little Prince" had to rake on his planet.
Everything in this shot is very crisp, and the water is so clear.
I like the POV, and the combination of cold and warm colors.
The steam and the reflections add a lot to the picture.
TFS. : )

Hi Niek,
Interesting composition!
The subject reminds me of what hell must be like...
Hostile environment in front strongly contrasts the green forest and blue sky!
Good details, the colours seems like natural to me...
Pablo -

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-03 5:52]

Halo Niek,
goede compositie en mooie details. Het contrast tussen het zilverachtige van "het Kasteel" en het oranje meer er rond is spannend. Goed dat je informatie geeft over de omstandigheden, zo krijgen we er een beetje kleuren en geuren bij!
Het blijven echt booiende verschijselen!
Very well done and TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-03 6:29]

Ha niek,

Een mooie compositie met mooiekleure,ben maar blij dat je nog een keer bent gaan kijken want met een strak blauwe achtergrond ziet de compositie er een stu mooier op,



Hi Niek,
AMAZING! Such beautiful scenery. Yellowstone is such a unique ecosystem. You have shown it very well. I may be going in late September, and this series of photos has me wishing I was there now!

Great shot and informative note. Looks like I'll have to visit this place myself someday, sounds and looks fascinating.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-04 22:40]

Hello Niek,
this Yellowstone series is fabulous. I love this shot, with the steam rising up to the beautiful sky. A beautiful reflection is on the water and the colors are amazing. A woderful composed landscape.

Great sharpness, light and colours!!
The partial reflection is really beautiful!
what a strange landscape...
Thanks, Enrico.

Beautiful capture of place which can not be seen too often. I like it a lot, I have never seen geysers in nature :)
Very nice composition and timing too.

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