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Dry Riverbed

I captured this photograph of the Dry Riverbed along the Santa Elena Canyon last spring during my visit to Big Bend National Park. I mentioned previously that Santa Elena Canyon is one of my favorite locations to photograph within the park. I was able to walk across a shallow portion of the Rio Grande to and island in order to take this photo. I don’t know exactly where the line for the border between Mexico and the United States is drawn so I can’t tell you if this vantage point is from Mexico or the US…

Santa Elena Canyon is a geological wonderland. Its 1,500-foot tall cliffs are amazing. A very popular activity in the area is rafting as the views along the river are spectacular. Most people put-in at the Lajitas area and follow the river down for 13 miles to the Canyon. There are ecosystem changes that make the trip quite interesting. There is also a Class IV rapid called the Rock Slide that can be quite technical. I have not rafted down the river but would like to do that some day.

Dry Riverbed
Dry Riverbed

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/22, shutter speed at 1/25th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability.  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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