Along the Lamar +

This is a view along Yellowstone’s Lamar River as it approaches it’s confluence with Soda Butte Creek. In this case, the river is both the main subject and the leading line(s) adding depth to the view as it pulls your eyes to the distant mountains. The polarizer made the blues in the river incredibly saturated, so I’ve desaturated and dodged the river to get more realistic reflected color.

5D3, 24-105 F4 IS II @ 55 mm, 1/20s, f/16, iso 200, tripod and polarizer

On posting, this looks too bright and somewhat washed out (especially in the greens), so here’s a darker version. I’m going to have to look into recalibrating my monitor…

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Beautiful scene, Mark. The leading lines are really nice. I think you did well at your editing, because the water seems to look natural. Very nice.

The de-saturation works beautifully, Mark, and the blues of the river make excellent leading lines. A lovely image.

A most enjoyable spot to sit a spell. Very relaxing scene.


Lead-in lines, s-curves, near-far… you’ve got it all wrapped up in a single frame. Love the reflected blues in the criss-crossing stream.

Beautifully seen and captured.


Mark, you certainly have lots of leading lines in this. So many meanders and courses to enjoy. My one time along the valley was memorable.