I captured this photograph of the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend last April. I have been to the canyon multiple times and I have yet to get a good photograph with nice clouds. It seems that every time I go the skies are clear blue. Nothing wrong with clear blue skies but I do like to have some clouds with character in my photographs. I’m set to return to Big Bend this fall and I am hoping for clouds.
Santa Elena Canyon is a great place to see if you happen to visit the park. It is not only a geological wonder but it’s also a point where you can have one foot in Mexico while having another in the United Sates. The left side of the canyon wall is Mexico, the right side is the United States. The river was shallow enough during my visit to walk across. Of course, you can’t get very far because you have to scale the cliff, but it’s fun nonetheless.
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This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/11, shutter speed at 1/60th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod to create a solid foundation. I captured three bracketed images (-1, 0, +1) and brought them together into one using the HDR merge feature in Lightroom. I completed the process in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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