The Skeletons at Sunrise

At one point when driving through Yellowstone a few weeks ago, I got out of the car and started walking right into the forest on the edge of the road. There was a thick fog and the morning sun was low, creating an unexpected box of light. I kept walking and walking until I found this area. It just felt right for whatever reason, so I set up to take this HDR.

In other news, I found out today the exact meeting location for our upcoming PhotoWalk at Sunset here in Austin. We will be meeting in the Victorian Room inside the Driskill Hotel on 6th street to gather before the walk. It’s nice and air-conditioned in there, so we can save all the fun summer Texas sweatbox for the walk itself! Feel free to gather there between 7 and 7:30 PM on Thursday evening, August 6th. Once we’re all gathered, I’ll set the groundrules and then we’ll be off! By the way, a few people have asked if they can bring their kids, and that should be just fine… no problemo.

The Skeletons at Sunrise

  • Looks like you found one heck of a spot.

  • wonderful capture

  • Frauke

    This looks very interesting. I have never been to Yellowstone Park. So I wonder: Did all the trees die of a known reason? Why are they white on the bottom? (looks like a flooding?)

    Compliments for the picture!

  • Spooky…Might make this my new wallpaper!

  • Frauke, Yellowstone has had several fires through the years. This is what burned trees look like. That’s what happens out here in the west. Most are caused by lightening strikes, but some are by human carelessness. Sadly, some are even set on purpose.
    Beautiful picture, Trey! Hope I’m right on the trees, some do die if they are in swamps, but I don’t think that is what happened here.
    Like Speed, this is going to be my wallpaper. I’m going to download some pic’s in my facebook albums of photo’s taken yesterday of lenticular clouds over Mt. Ranier. Feel free to look at them. They are amazing. Not as good as Trey’s though. And I did’t take them either, got them in an email message. Have a wonderful weekend, e1. Have a good time on the walk next week!!

  • tom

    Great shot Trey,
    I may come the photowalk, but I am not a facebook user, so I can’t see your event. Maybe next time you could create an event just on your website so everyone can access it. Just a suggestion. Love your work.

  • casusan

    Love this one Trey… beautiful and artistic!

  • Brad Truxell

    Great shot. I love the different colors.

  • Looks like someone needs to clean their lens/camera. Other then that I was just curious as to why the image isn’t sharp… is that camera shake? or from HDR merging? or intentional? Personally I’d like to see the image sharper.

  • What a spectacular piece of work, Trey!

    Can’t wait for the photowalk!

  • Wow – I guess I had better dress up on Thursday evening. Sounds like this is going to be a rather more upmarket photo walk than I am used to 🙂

  • Facebook User

    i’m digging the crisp trees and soft ground.

  • Hey thanks all.

    Yes the ground was quite damp and steamy… lots of dew turning to steam.

    Sorry some of you can’t see the FB event – no worries — all the data is there in the post, and I will add it again before the event!

    Dave – hehe no no… I’ll be in shorts and a t-shirt probably!

  • Looking good Trey , it’s a magic shot and time of day

  • Can I say I love this image? Oh wait, I just did. This is so awesome. Of course the processing is very well done, but the eye to see the potential in the first place is a gift. I just recently started following your blog and it’s a daily source of inspiration. I did some HDR processing on some image I took at the Disney Concert Hall after reading your tutorial. Keep ’em coming!

  • Deb

    I LOVE this picture! It so beautiful and eerie at the same time! It will also be my wallpaper. Great work! You have a wonderful gift to see the potential in every shot you set-up. Thanks so much!

  • Such a beauty!!! BZ!!

  • Frauke

    @Gail: Thank you for your input! My husband and me are intending to go to Yellowstone soon, maybe next summer. It is a long way from here (Germany)… 😀

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