Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Nugent Mountain

I went to Big Bend recently to take on a specific photo project (a sub-project within my Visions of Big Bend Photo Project). This photo is from the trip but not from the sub-project :-)

Nugent Mountain - click for larger image

Canon 5D II with 24mm f/1.4L II + cir. pol.
f/8, 1/90 sec., ISO 200

I couldn't pass up this scene with the great clouds framing Nugent Mountain. It was just too nice despite the harsh mid-day light. This was shot along Glenn Springs Road in the backcountry.

I'll get to my sub-project very soon, but this photo is a slight diversion and the possible start to a new sub-project. It would be very interesting to have portraits of every named peak and mountain in Big Bend. "Desert Mountain Portraits", or something like that perhaps? Anyway, during the recent trip, I also made similar pictures of some other peaks that would go along with this and perhaps might just kick off this sub-project. We'll see...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Camping Under the Stars

I spent three nights camping in the backcountry of Big Bend National Park last week. The weather was nice and the nights were mostly clear and definitely dark. It was a great trip.

click for larger image

Canon 5D II with 24mm f/1.4L II
f/1.8, 25 sec., ISO 1600

I had a very specific photographic mission this trip. Well, two missions, acutally. One was the night skies, and the other? just stay tuned... :-)

I have just begun the post-processing process, and I'm chewing my way through 16 GB worth of files. I will post more photos from the trip in the coming weeks. I'll also write up a field report describing my techniques and experiences in shooting star scenes like the one above.