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Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone
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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: 2006-06-19
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer Vacation 2006: USA
Theme(s): Rivers, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-15 10:45
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Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A view into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from lower falls.

The Lower Falls is 308 ft. high and can be seen from Lookout Point, Red Rock Point, Artist Point, Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and from various points on the South Rim Trail. The Lower Falls is often described as being more than twice the size of Niagara, although this only refers to its height and not the volume of water flowing over it. The volume of water flowing over the falls can vary from 63,500 gal/sec at peak runoff to 5,000 gal/sec in the fall.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is the primary geologic feature in the Canyon District. It is roughly 20 miles long, measured from the Upper Falls to the Tower Fall area. Depth is 800 to 1,200 ft.; width is 1,500 to 4,000 ft. The canyon as we know it today is a very recent geologic feature. The present canyon is no more than 10,000 to 14,000 years old, although there has probably been a canyon in this location for a much longer period. The exact sequence of events in the formation of the canyon is not well understood, as there has been little field work done in the area. The few studies that are available are thought to be inaccurate. We do know that the canyon was formed by erosion rather than by glaciation. A more complete explanation can be found in the Geological Overview section. The geologic story of the canyon, its historical significance as a barrier to travel, its significance as destination/attraction, and its appearance in Native American lore and in the accounts of early explorers are all important interpretive points. The "ooh-ahh" factor is also important: its beauty and grandeur, its significance as a feature to be preserved, and the development of the national park idea.

All information from the nps.gov site.

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Hi Niek,
Adorable place.
Beautiful show.
Very well done.
TFS Malgosia

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-15 11:13]
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Hi Niek
WOW, what a breathtaking view, what a magnificent shot, and what a long drop!! They say that when you fall over a cliff it is not the fall that matters so much, but the sudden stop at the bottom.
An awesome composition taking the eye on a journey starting at the small piece of foreground showing you were far too close to that edge, moving up to the foaming white water from the waterfall, ever further into the shot to discover the double rainbow (I suppose your dad Rein must just love this shot), down to the flowing waters at the bottom of the gorge, and exploring those cliff faces with the obviously enormous fir trees only once again to be reminded of the scale and enormity of this beautiful landscape. What a view.
The colours are well saturated, the details are remarkable showing incredible DOF, and the exposure was perfect.
Excellent work my friend and TFS.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-15 11:33]
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Hi Niek,
Have you been away? Hope you had a great time. This is a wonderful view, I can almost hear the water. Great idea to frame the river to one side, and love the mini-rainbow in the haze of water. Excellent detail throughout and good colours, a nice piece of work.

One minor nit is the white object on the left hand side touching the rainbow, I can't work out what it is and just found it a little distracting. A minor point though, thanks for sharing this excellent view.

Hi Niek,
This point of view makes me dizzy here in my chair! No way I ever can take a photograph like this...
I like the composition, with the river in a fine diagonal position!
Pablo -

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-15 13:57]

Welcome back, Niek. : )
What an awesome perspective, and the rainbows only add to the magic.
I love the spray and the narrow ribbon of rushing water, creating a lot of movement between the grand-scale canyon walls. Sharp details and rich colors. Very impressive.
Can't wait to see the rest of your Montana vacation shots. : )

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-07-15 14:00]


I was there 30+ years ago. I have a few slides my father took looking the other way, up the canyon tward the falls. Nice view.



It is nice you shared this landscape with us. It is an impressing place. The rainbow is a great add, and the depth is very good. TFS!

Nice compo with great colors and amazing raimbow. Good DOF and POV.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-16 4:55]

WOW!! I have heard of this place - who hasn't? But this view is awesome Niek. What a place to visit.
I love the rainbow, but the water and spray are absolutely amazing too. Excellent shot, well done,

Hello niek, what an amazing shot, excllent colors, bg, POV great details, everything is really crisp. great job, TFS Kyle
Out of smilies for the day will bew back tomorrow,

Grandeur, I like that definition. A good description for the Grand Canyon. Nice perspective and and awesome view of the lower falls including the rainbow. Colours and detail are great and your notes are interesting. Thanks for sharing Niek.....Janice

Bonjour Niek
C'est Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli paysage avec cette rivièrs qur serpente parmis ces falaises et ce belle arc-en-ciel en prime, Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

Wow! Wonderful shot, Niek. Great POV. Good sharpness and detail fore, mid and back! Does the Canon 350 have the A-DEP mode? I like it a lot. I love the richness of the river receding into the distance. Was that due to polarizer or were you using a ND filter too? How lucky to have the sun at your back to cause the rainbow. It is so hard while travelling to be at a particular site when the light is optimum.


Evelynn : )

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-17 21:16]

Welcome back, Neik! As everyone has noticed the rainbow is wonderful. But I actually like the foreground rock in front of the water almost as much. It's a very rich photo with good detail. I hope you had lots of good experiences, too.

Hi Niek,
What a wonderful landscape!
Really nice POV and composition.

Wow! with the rainbow? The speed of the water is well captured and the ruggedness of the unsettled earth is clearly visible. I'd been there and that is why I could visualize this river. Good capture.

GREAT SHOWPIECE.... even captured the "rainbow".
Loved your notes... concise, educative... to the point.
Hope you are well, friend.
Mario from Calgary.

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