Luna’s Jacal

At the edge of Alamo Creek in Big Bend National Park, Texas, Gilberto Luna built this jacal which is made of rock, earth and plant fiber. It was a scorching hot day the afternoon we were here and I was surprised to find how cool it was inside the jacal. It must have been somewhat uncomfortable though. At only around 4 feet high I had to bend over quite a bit to move around inside.

Luna's Jacal

Nevertheless, Luna raised a large family here and lived here until 1947 when he died at age 108. Luna was a well known resident of Big Bend.

I felt this image needed the antique look for obvious reasons so I made this version in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Luna's Jacal

Which do you prefer?

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  1. Alexander says

    Did you change smth on your blog ? I can’t get a bigger version of your pictures any longer.

    • says

      Hi Alexander, I have had terrible internet access lately so I have been unable to upload the larger size images. At least now I know some people are missing them! I hope to have it back to normal in a week or so.

  2. says

    I can’t decide. But I was struck by the fact that the Nik version coloring and exposure looked like a scene out of the cowboy movies that I watched on my grandmother’s black-and-white TV when I was young (except with better reception).

  3. Karyn18 says

    I prefer the colored one. Black and white is okay, but if you really want to look it more antique, try Sepia. That will really look old.

    • says

      Hi Karyn, thank you for your feedback! Actually this one is sepia. It has a bit of a coffee tone to it. Maybe not as much as a regular sepia image though. I appreciate your visit and comments.

    • says

      Hi Edith! Thanks again for your feedback, I always appreciate your point of view on the processing. I have a hard time choosing between the various versions of an image I produce – I think I am too close to them and maybe I’ll have a more definitive opinion when I look at them later. Thanks again.

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