• Alexis Elliott

Yellowstone: Unearthed

A few weeks ago, I was invited on an impromptu trip to Yellowstone. I had never been, but it's a place that has long been on my travel bucket list, so of course, I said yes!

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the U.S., and when you're there it's easy to see why. You're totally disconnected and surrounded by thousands of miles of pristine, everchanging natural landscapes.

While there was a lot to take in, and I got plenty of pictures of the entire park, one thing in particular fascinated me: the geysers. I was blown away by how the geothermal activity underground transformed the land above, and how abrupt the transformation is.

Within a few miles, I went from a dense, thriving forest to a blinding desert wasteland full of dead trees, bleached sand, sparkling aquamarine water. It was an area of striking beauty balanced by dangerous heat and chemicals, which really stood out even more once I started going through the pictures I got from my trip.

Hot springs at Yellowstone National Park.
After & Before

And that's what I focused on as I edited these, the contrast of it all. I'm always inspired to share the beauty of things that may be considered odd, or even ugly.

My goal was to build on the existing otherworldly colors and textures by making the contrast and detail even more apparent.

At first, I wasn't sure where I wanted to go in terms of color. Recently, I've been attracted to more realistic hues and shades, but the way some of my custom Lightroom presets made these photos look took my breathe away, and I decided to go the more saturated, rainbowy route.

I love how the array of colors perfectly fit into the images, which only enhanced the touch and appearance of each detail.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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