Effectively showing action sequences in our photography can take some thinking and ingenuity. For this image of Old Faithful, I wanted to do a good job of demonstrating how the geyser started erupting with a whimper, then built into a massive gush of steaming water. While at the visitor’s center, I noticed how another photographer printed a sequence of the geyser erupting across a display of multiple panes. It was a great idea and a simple way to show an action sequence.
Over the course of two days, I shot a number of my own photo sequences using a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon D700. In all, I probably photographed about 500 frames of Old Faithful in various stages of eruption. In the end, I liked this sequence the best and composited the images in Photoshop CS5. I used the same method I used for creating triptychs that I wrote about in my May 2011 newsletter.