The Blue Lagoon


Many landscape photographers shun the midday sun…but did you know that the best time to capture intense colors in Yellowstone is close to noon when the sun is high in the sky? The sunlight brings out the brilliant colors in the different microorganism growing in the water… and I didn’t even have to crank up the saturation in PS.

I used a “partial polarization” technique – simply rotate the polarizer so that it is somewhere between it’s full effect and none at all – to help bring out the colors without making the sky too dark. Mist is an important part of this image. For this photograph, I waited until the mist covered up most of the human elements in the scene… I didn’t want to include the boardwalks and tourists just on the other side of the pool.

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