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Big Bend Ranch State Park, TX

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MikeWhitten, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. MikeWhitten

    MikeWhitten Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 29, 2012
    This is a rarely visited but lovely park in west Texas. I've been out there twice with Olympus cameras now, once with the EM-5 and this time with the EM-1. Thought I'd share some shots from the latest trip.

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  2. taz98spin

    taz98spin Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 13, 2011
    NYC
    Wow the 1st image, the colors are magical!!! :2thumbs:
     
  3. Sootchucker

    Sootchucker Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 9, 2012
    Fantastic. Could you share you processing - was this a multi image HDR ?
     
  4. MikeWhitten

    MikeWhitten Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 29, 2012
    Hi,

    Thanks! Yes, both are multi-image HDR's. I used Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photomatix. Processed a couple files in Photomatix and Lightroom, blended them in Photoshop. This per Trey Ratcliff's new HDR tutorial. I've been using the tools for years but his techniques (and speed!) were new to me. For me, the tutorial was money well spent.

    My camping / shooting buddy had a new X-T1 on this trip. Nice camera! We had fun comparing and contrasting it with the EM-1. At the end of the day - each camera had some features that we both wished the other camera had. Both had some strengths and both had some weaknesses. It's a fun time in the camera industry!! And finally... he was still out there getting great shots out of a Canon 5D classic and 24-105 zoom.

    The truth of the matter is it wasn't the cameras that made the difference in getting these shots. It was the willingness to drive 15+ hours and camp in remote, primitive locations that got these shots. What a fun week! :) Amended - the top shot took remote camping. The bottom one was a few steps off a paved road parking area. I forgot what I'd posted. ;)
     
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    Very nice! Been meaning to go out there for a while now. Is it pretty safe out there?
     
  6. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    Safe from what?
     
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  7. MikeWhitten

    MikeWhitten Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 29, 2012
    Thanks! It's a fun area.

    "Safe" can read two ways; safe from others or safe from yourself.

    Safe from others - yah. Crime is very uncommon (not unheard of, but uncommon). In the state park - I've never personally heard of any personal or property crimes. In the National park, nearly so, though there have been some reports of petty theft when cars are left unattended a a couple campsites. But again - MUCH safer than about anywhere else.

    Safe from yourself - not so much. It's a desert. That means temperature extremes and not much water. If you go alone, unprepared, and do stupid things you can die. It happens. Go with a friend, take some sensible precautions, don't be stupid - you'll have a tremendous time. For that matter - go alone, don't be stupid, and have a great time! Just stay more on the paved and well travelled roads. You'll be fine.

    The scale of the parks (national or state) has to be experienced to be believed. It's a beautiful place that can get under your skin.
     
  8. MikeWhitten

    MikeWhitten Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 29, 2012
    Another pretty

    Looking west at moonset from Guale Mesa campsite 2:

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  9. MikeWhitten

    MikeWhitten Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 29, 2012
    Regarding safety, here's a little BTS look at what my buddy and I used to get in position for these shots:

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    As it happens these two photos are both from developed campgrounds. We did get some good shots from one of them. Most of the campgrounds in the State park are very remote. Thus the extra gas cans and (what is harder to see) the 10+ gallons of water in each Jeep.
     
  10. stw

    stw Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 23, 2013
    I have always wanted to visit there. Beautiful shots!
     
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