Postcard From Big Bend, Texas

Travelling in the National Parks in the USA I have noticed many of them have these really cool postcards. They are old fashioned cartoonish drawings of iconic locations in the park, often with an animal, and the park name in old fashioned lettering.

I thought I would try to make a photograph that had a similar feel to it. Here is my first attempt. This is the Sierra del Carmen Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Big Bend National Park, Texas
You can click on the image to view a larger version.

I know many of you will want to see the original and I don’t want to disappoint. Here it is:

Big Bend National Park, Texas

I know, I know, I like the original too! But that’s not the point. The point was to create an image that had the old fashioned drawing feel to it, but made with a photograph.

To make the postcard image, I used the “painterly with colour” setting in the Topaz Black and White Effects plugin.

Here is a black and white version of the same image. This one I made in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Do you have a favourite of the three images? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Vern Snow says

    I prefer the color version, it somehow draws more interest from me, I want to look closer at the mountain.

  2. Joe Cosentino says

    Good morning Anne

    I like the B&W photo and the postcard attempt. I read your new e-book and I am planning on using some of your information on an upcoming trip to Iceland.

    Keep your post and photos coming, I enjoy traveling through others eyes


    • says

      Hi Joe, Sorry for the late reply, I have had very limited internet access lately. We are in a great spot, but down in a hill with bad wifi and no mifi. Thank you very much for your comments on my images from Big Bend, I really appreciate the feedback on my attempt at the old fashioned post card. I’m so glad you enjoyed the ebook. I would love to go to Iceland one day, it’s on my list of must see places. Send me a link to your images when you return, I would really like to see them.

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