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Sunrise on Big Bend

I posted an image yesterday of the Milky Way Galaxy over Balanced Rock that I photographed in Big Bend National park earlier this year. This image of another sunrise on Big Bend is from the Lost Mine Trail, another one of my favorite hikes in the park. We arrived before sunrise and setup our gear in order to capture the great orange and red hues of a high altitude sunrise. The clouds and sky did not disappoint. I was able to get a good vantage point for this photograph. I posted a similar image last December.

Sunrise on Big Bend
Sunrise on Big Bend

Camera Sensor Technology

Sunrise on Big Bend

Camera sensor technology has come a very long way. If you click on the image above and enlarge it you will notice some very faint dots in the center of the image. I would normally eliminate these in photoshop but I left them there to prove a point about today’s digital camera sensors. Those dots are actually the headlamps and flashlights of two of my photography buddies (shown enlarged and brightened on the left) that hiked a bit farther up the trail to photograph the sunrise against the opposing canyon wall. I boosted the exposure in that section of the image so you could see how much detail still exists in even the darkest areas of the image.


This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 Lens set on 60 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/5.6, shutter speed at 1/6th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This is a panorama made from a series of six images brought together into a single image and then processed all in Lightroom.

This image is best viewed large. Click on it to enlarge it. You can see other photos of my trips to Big Bend NP here. Please use the section below to post your comments, questions or suggestions.

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