Artists Paint Pot Trail Panorama

Artists Paint Pot Trail Panorama, Yellowstone National Park (click to enlarge)

Here is a panorama image of the Artist Paint Pot Trail at Yellowstone National Park.  You can see the boardwalk that meanders through a small geyser basin.  The trail then climbs up a ridge line to an area with several “paint pots”.  Paint pots are pools of bubbling mud that make interesting patterns for photography.  As an added bonus, they are just mesmerizing to watch!

The original of this image is 110 inches wide by 26 inches tall.  The Photoshop .psb file is 1.5gb.  When I first saved the file, I expected Photoshop’s usual .psd file extension.  Instead, I got a .psb file extension which I did not recognize.  A quick search found the answer:

PSB files are a large document format similar to a PSD file but for a larger image size. The largest image size supported by a PSD file is 30,000 by 30,000 pixels. PSD file support has to be enabled in Photoshop’s Preferences pane first, then PSB files can be saved at an image size up to 300,000 by 300,000 pixels.

The original image is 32,930 x 8,183 pixels at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch.  So, that explains the .psb file extension…

Artist Paint Pots, Yellowstone National Park N44 41 33.77 W110 44 16.75

Yellowstone National Park Photography Locations

On January 24, 2017, in Wyoming, by admin

This map shows photography locations during our trip to Yellowstone National Park.  I’ll describe each location from the top (north) to the bottom (south) using the numbers in the yellow squares.  The numbers represent the number of images taken at each location (there were many, many more than this, these are just the ones that made the final cut).

Photographing Yellowstone National Park is a great resource to use while planning your trip.  While driving around Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks, use National Geographic’s Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Road Guide.

  • (11) Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance to the National Park.  The front to the arch faces west.  If you are there in the morning, the sun is behind the arch and you get a silhouette and no detail on the front of the arch.
  • (4) Mammoth Hot Springs and the Fort Yellowstone area.  I wish I had lots more time at Mammoth Hot Springs.  Put this at the top of your list.
  • (7) Random pull-out along the road where a bison was posing for all to see
  • (99) Norris Geyser Basin and Artist Paint Pots areas.  Put both of these on your must do list.
  • (28) Artist Point Overlook viewing the lower falls of the Yellowstone river.  A must do location about 9:45 AM.
  • (6) Another random roadside pull-out with a large herd of bison
  • (114) Lower Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring.  Don’t miss Grand Prismatic Spring
  • (11) Old Faithful.  Gotta see it, but not very photogenic…
  • (3) South entrance to Yellowstone
  • (5) North entrance to Gran Teton National Park
  • (17) Signal Mountain.  Well worth the drive.

The next couple of posts will present images taken at these locations.  We spent the better part of four days at the park, and it was not nearly enough time to scratch a photographer’s itch.  Unfortunately, the park is so large you will spend a lot of time in the car driving from one location to another.

Ranch Sharpening Tool Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Ranch Sharpening Tool Grant-Kohrs Ranch (click to enlarge)

Here is a tool used to sharpen farm implements.  This tool is located in the blacksmith shop at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site.    The circles of the gears and the teeth make for a classic repetitive pattern composition.

In this image I relied upon a large aperture setting to increase depth of field.  I think I should have used the stacked focus technique to get sharper focus throughout the gears.  Given how close I was to the subject and the 70mm focal length on my lens, I was not going to get depth of field sharpness throughout the depth of the subject using aperture alone.  Not sure what I was thinking as focus stacking is usually my go-to technique for depth of field.

Oh well, maybe next time…

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site N 46°24’31”  W 112°44’19”