Photo Sequence – Old Faithful Eruption

Posted September 27th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink
Old Faithful eruption sequence. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. Nikon D7000, 18-105mm kit lens. Images processed in Adobe Camera Raw and composited in Photoshop CS5.

Old Faithful eruption sequence. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA. Nikon D7000, 18-105mm kit lens. Images processed in Adobe Camera Raw and composited in Photoshop CS5.

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.



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