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Palette Spring II

Palette Spring II
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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: 2006-06-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer Vacation 2006: USA
Theme(s): Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-28 14:46
Viewed: 3519
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first of the close-ups of the Palette Spring. In this photo you can see some of the amazing shapes nature has created. When I saw this, I was attracted by the two different shapes. One is the more layered shape, the other the rounded smooth shape.

This was again a tricky photo on exposure, so hard that my eyes started to hurt by the reflection of sunlight on the white travertine. I am glad I was able to keep the water visable from the travetine and from using my CP filter.

I just saw the result after the upload. I lost a lot of details and color....darn

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To mbasil: USMSunToucher 2 07-28 20:09
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Yeah it's hard to really get good detail in these photos with the resizing and being limited to 200kb. Almost makes me want to provide a link to a larger image sometimes with my own shots.
I was particularly drawn to both the bottom flat benchy part and the upper left flat part, which to me kinda held the whole shot together. The more gentle and rounded contours between the two makes for a nice composition.

It looks like you spent as much time at Mammoth Hot Springs as I did, Niek. I found it the most photogenic area in the park, and this picture shows why. This is a wonderful composition. I like the details and the contrast. I was going to ask what details were lost but when I looked closer I'm sure you mean the water. (I actually give my photos an extra unsharp mask for the 800 pixels limitation here. But sometimes that puts me over in file size.) But well done, and a nice contribution to your travelogue.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-28 15:08]

A very good photo especially considering the conditions you describe. I have enjoyed all of the photos of this place. The shapes and textures are amazing. I love the composition of this - the eye is drawn up the photo. Really nice

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-07-28 15:47]

Hi Niek,

Beautiful capture and composition. TFS.


Hi Niek!

Only one word: Fantastic.

PS: Good frame work.

Bonjour Niek
Félicitation pour cette superbe composition. Les détails de ces falaises sont surprenants.
Merci et au revoir...JP

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-28 17:34]

Hello Niek, very interesting shot. I like it. I think I may have been tempted to crop off the bottom section and base my composition from there. Very well done.

*I've turned off my points, I cannot recieve and I cannot give. I'm sorry for the latter*

Darn those uploads, you always lose detail! This is a really cool picture, I've never seen anything like it. Good job on the exposure, it must have been difficult.


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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-07-28 20:07]


Lovely scene, it looks like someone spread frosting on the rocks.



Really nice shot! Great composition and POV. Work of nature is so fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Isn't it fun to have some great sculptural shapes to photograph? I get so frustrated where I live in Oregon sometimes with all the green, green and more green busyness. Just got home from long day hike and I took 2, I repeat 2 photos. The light was wrong and nothing inspired me.

I really like the juxtaposition of the straights and curves in this image, Niek. You did a really good job of exosing it too. I may have to go back to yellowstone sometime. If you like great scultural shapes you might consider Utah sometime. I'll have to post some pictures from there one of these days.

Thanks for sharing another fine photo.

Evelynn : )

Hi Niek,
Amazing geological formations! The textures and detail look superb.
Very cool shot!!! :) :) :)


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-29 3:47]

Hi Niek,
WOW! Each one more fantastic than the rest.
This is awesome!
I love the composition and the shapes, and the textures, and the colors, and the water! It is just fascinating.
Well done and TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-29 4:01]

Hi Niek,
Rich and attracting shapes and colors indeed! I like the shot a lot with so rich forms, curves and cascades.
TFS, José M.

Hi Niek!
Every day I discover a new photograph of yours... every time is an incredible shot made of wonderful colours, light and shape!!
Thanks, enrico.

My images of such formations are often 'bland' when I get to looking at them on my computer, even before the size reduction. Therefore, I've never posted them on this site. I'll have to investigate the CP filter, as I think you did an incredible job of capturing the formations with this image. Nice work! -Kelly

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