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    Emory Peak Trail

    This is the first shot I've gotten around to finish editing from my recent trip to Big Bend National Park. This view was about 90% of the way up the trail to Emory Peak (highest peak in the Chisos Mountains at 7,825 ft (4,485 ft prominence)). I was in quite a rush to get to the mountain peak before the sun went down, but I couldn't help stopping and snapping a few quick pics along the way to the top.. Consequently, I stepped on a young rattle snake in the twilight while climbing down, probably 15 ft from the peak. Had I been bit, I find it very unlikely I that would have survived due to the remoteness of the location. It was an amazing trip, and I can't wait to go back (though next time I will certainly be more cautious of snakes hiding in the rocks).









    Here's a picture of the little guy who almost ended our camping trip (and perhaps all future trips for me) prematurely.. I have identified him as a juvenile male mottled rock rattlesnake.


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    Nice pics!
    Glad your ok.
    Those rattlesnakes are sneaky little guys.
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    Wow, I've had a close encounter with one before as well. Almost walked right on it until it moved. .. even looking down I didn't see it until it moved
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    Looking down on the Chisos Basin Visitor Center from Emory Peak..



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    Hiking the Lost Mine Trail..



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    Still not sure how I really feel about this one.. I think my idea for the shot was good, but poorly executed. I saved what I could in post, but I'm still not entirely happy with it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    Still not sure how I really feel about this one.. I think my idea for the shot was good, but poorly executed. I saved what I could in post, but I'm still not entirely happy with it.



    It's ok! I quite like the composition, but it's lacking contrast a little, particularly in the foreground. I'd bring the blacks down a little (you can't raise the highlights because they're already blown in the water in a couple of places). I'd also consider cropping out almost the bottom third as there's not much of interest going on down there.

    If you weren't already using one, you need a neutral density filter for these shots. It'll allow you a long enough exposure to show movement in the water without overexposing the scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    Looking down on the Chisos Basin Visitor Center from Emory Peak..



    This is very good, BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soobvirgin View Post
    It's ok! I quite like the composition, but it's lacking contrast a little, particularly in the foreground. I'd bring the blacks down a little (you can't raise the highlights because they're already blown in the water in a couple of places). I'd also consider cropping out almost the bottom third as there's not much of interest going on down there.

    If you weren't already using one, you need a neutral density filter for these shots. It'll allow you a long enough exposure to show movement in the water without overexposing the scene.

    Yeah.. I was using a 10 stop ND filter in this one. I think the main problem was that I got to the location about an hour too late. The sun wasn't exactly down, but it was behind the rocks up stream, so the scene was dimly lit, and without any direct light it was rather flat looking. That, combined with the 10 stop filter had me shooting at iso800, f/7.1, 25sec. I would have rather been shooting at iso200 and f/11 or higher, with some beams of direct lighting coming through for contrast. The noise from higher iso, combined with the shallower DOF than I would have liked makes the background details kind of muddy looking.. not to mention the fact that it was under exposed (I had to add one full EV in post).

    I have played with different compositions, cropping out the bottom like you said, but whatever I do, it still seems to confuse my eye composition wise. Looking at the RAW file, I should probably just throw it out and reshoot.. but the location is over an hour away, and you have to pay to enter (state park).

    I had also tried bringing the blacks down, but that made the background worse (although the foreground rocks did look better).. perhaps I should have put a new layer on a gradient, and just pulled the blacks down for the lower third of the image. That's not a bad idea..

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