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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:15 pm    Post subject: Closed Canyon, Big Bend Texas Reply with quote

Over the Holidays I was in Big Bend Texas National and State Parks. I took a lot of pics and here are a couple from Big Bend State Parks Closed Canyon. Its a narrow canyon with walls that are around 130-200 meters tall. Its the essence of cowboy movie, in fact a number have been made there.

When it rains the Canyon turns into a raging torrent about 3-5 meters deep and pours off into the Rio Bravo (Rio Grande) river.

I took these shots with a Mamiya 645AFD, Mamiya Secor 45mm lens, used FP4+ film and processed in Pyrocat-HD for shadow detail.
Im not in love with Pyrocat-HD though it isnt bad. Ive used several flavors of staining developers but Wimberley Pyro, WD2D is still my favorite.

At the mouth of the canyon



Deeper in the canyon with the mountains of Mexico in the background.




Cheers

(PS. pBase isnt working real well today so if you cant see the pics please re-visit tomorrow)

Jules


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey seems you had nice time there ! Amazing place ! I never been in any similar ones. Did you make color shoots too ?


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attila wrote:
Hey seems you had nice time there ! Amazing place ! I never been in any similar ones. Did you make color shoots too ?


Thanks Attila, yes I did take color and will post when I get them processed.

It's really the old Amrican west and it feels like it too, somewhat dangerous, stunningly beautiful and verrry remote. It's difficult to get there, 8 hr drive from where I live, not close to any big city. There are no casual visitors so the people who go there are very interested in taking care of the place.

(Google Big Bend National park for more information)

Jules


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't wait to see them ! Many thanks in advance!


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super photos, make me think of the 1800's documentary photos... and it's a great idea to include the people so we have a sense of scale.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nesster wrote:
Super photos, make me think of the 1800's documentary photos... and it's a great idea to include the people so we have a sense of scale.


Thanks much and yes, the people are neccessary, without them it's just too abstract to tell anything.

It's part of my ode to 1930's and 1940's National Geographic pictures.

It's my understanding that in those days Pyro was a much more common developer and I think it's so as the pics really look like they were taken then.

Cheers and stay warm.

Jules