WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

Wildscapes

Robert Sinclair, USA

Morning Glory by night

There must be thousands of images of the thermal Morning Glory Pool, taken in daylight by visitors to Yellowstone National Park in the USA. Some seven metres in diameter, the pool is home to thermophilic bacteria that thrive in the heat and give the pool its extraordinary colours. To capture the scene in a new and dramatic way, Robert waited for a warm autumn night and then carefully positioned two flashlights to illuminate the details of the inner walls beneath the star-filled sky. ‘To minimise interference from steam rising off the surface, I had to wait for the breeze to blow it away from the camera,’ he says. After three hours, he got the shot he wanted, of a giant eye staring up at the Milky Way, looking for all the world as though it might, at any moment, blink.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 16mm; 45 sec at f2.8; ISO 100; Gitzo tripod + Canon remote shutter release.


Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park, USA: latitude 44.47507, longitude -110.84354 Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park, USA: latitude 44.47507, longitude -110.84354

Morning Glory Pool, Yellowstone National Park, USA

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Robert Sinclair, USA