Santa Elena Canyon

Standing at the end of Santa Elena Canyon with Mexico only a few steps away on my left. The once mighty Rio Grande river now just a trickle after nine months of drought. It’s hard to believe this vast canyon was formed over millions of years by these same waters. The beauty and grandeur of our border with Mexico continues to amaze me.

Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 19mm, f/16 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter and 2-stop graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.
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7 thoughts on “Santa Elena Canyon

  1. Amazing, love the blue sky but it wouldn’t it be nice if it turned grey and dropped wet stuff some time soon! I was down to the state park at Galveston this morning, lots of dried up ponds.

  2. Nice details on the rocks…
    what time of the day did you take this image and what directions were you facing?

    I have learned that the time of the day that the image was taking is critical….


  3. This image sure makes me marvel at the power of nature and what we’ve done to reign it in. Great perspective, Jeff.

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