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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Artist Point by Mack Frost

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Mack Frost Mack Frost
Explore score
0.09 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 06, 2012
Date taken

One of the most iconic views in the National Park System, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Artist Point. So named as the site where artist Thomas Moran, in 1871, painted sketches for his gigantic portrait of the canyon that now hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Moran's sketches and paintings, along with the photographs of William Henry Jackson, were instrumental in convincing Congress to preserve Yellowstone as the world's first national park.

I was lucky enough to arrive at Artist Point (2012/11/03) during a period of overcast skies, so the lighting was relatively even, which is what I was hoping for. I must confess to a bit of photographic slight-of-hand in creating this panorama. The platform of Artist Point is ringed with large boulders of native stone, making it difficult to set up a leveled tripod. Also, the one location on the platform where you can see the entire canyon is partially blocked by a pine tree.

So, I took two panoramas, one from the western side facing upriver to the Lower Falls, and the other from the northeastern side facing the canyon wall opposite the platform and sweaping downriver to Inspiration Point. I then processed each pan separately, cropped out the edges of the tree, and stitched the two pans together into a single image. The paralax between the two positions is almost non-existant at the distances invloved, so it looks fairly normal, except for the weird looking pinnacle in the foreground left of center. I'll have to reprocess this panorama later to see if I can come up with a more natural looking blend.

Equipment used: Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera; Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, set at 19mm; Bogen tripod with a Manfroto Panoramic Head; 21 vertical frames exposed manually at 1/125 sec. at f/6.3, ISO 100; stitched in PS-CS4, cropped and adjusted for contrast. Final image is 264.81 MB at 19670 x 4704 pixels.

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