When I visit the Big Bend area, La Cuesta is one of my favorite locations for long-exposure photography. Situated just off Farm to Market Road 170, approximately 14 miles west of Lajitas, this spot boasts an ideal combination of low water flow, boulders, and a perfect alignment with the setting sun. I keep coming back to this spot, so you may have seen this vantage point multiple times.
Taking long-exposure photos during the daytime is both exciting and challenging. This technique involves extending the exposure time by adjusting camera settings and using filters. To achieve a long exposure, I typically close down the aperture to f/11, lower the ISO to 100, and add Neutral Density filters to block some of the light. I’ve recently started using Lee Filters, and I find them to be highly enjoyable.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R IV using my Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens set on 16mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/14, shutter speed at 30 seconds, and ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability and a 10-stop Neutral Density Lee Filter to extend the exposure time. I processed the image in Lightroom and completed it in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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