I do like to mix things up a bit here on the blog and in my photography in general by trying out different things. A little lensbaby play, a few city scenes, maybe some close-ups of shells — but I can’t help but notice that the landscape shots get all the attention. When I put up other stuff I can hear the crickets. But that’s ok, I have to stretch my wings, and now it’s time to get back to what I’m best at.
We arrived at Big Bend National Park in Texas so there’ll be no shortage of landscape shots in the coming weeks. It’s a big park and I like to spend some time camping in close to things to make it a bit more convenient for sunrise and sunset, so we arranged to spend one week right in Rio Grande Village. It is usually a bit more expensive to camp right in the park (for an RV site with hookups) but it is worth it since we would spend the difference on fuel anyway.
On the first night we were treated to a stunning sunset – the best one we saw during our two weeks in the park.
The exposure range was huge with the deep shadows in the foreground. I used my 3 stop graduated neutral density filter, but it still wasn’t quite enough so I bracketed some shots and combined them in post-processing. Does anyone else do that? I mean people usually do either a grad ND or HDR, but I often find myself doing both. I’m curious whether most people choose one technique or the other, or if some people leave the filter on and still combine exposures. Let me know what you think in the comments!