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Vacation to Davis Mountains

The family and I just got back from our vacation to the Davis Mountains. The Davis Mountains State Park is located in West Texas about an hour and a half southwest of Fort Stockton and just north of Big Bend country. It’s literally a different world out there, isolated from just about everything and everyone. The coolest part while we were out there was the Star Party at the McDonald Observatory. It made the entire vacation. I highly recommend it if you are into Astronomy. Unfortunately, given the nature of the event, no pictures. However, I did manage to get in a few good shoots while we were there.

Davis Mountains Panorama mcdonald observatory

Panorama of Davis Mountains from the Mcdonald Observator. 2 images taken at 22mm focal length on a Canon 50d.

Rainbow at Davis Mountains Desktop George Washington mountain face 1920x1080

Taken in Aperture Priority with f/13, ISO 100, Shutter 1/100, focal length 60mm and White Balance set to auto. Camera used was the Canon 50D with the 28-135 lens.

Davis Mountains wildlife Deer

I was surprised how close the deer let me get. Program mode on the Canon 50D at 135mm. Image as is no editing other than resize & watermark.

Davis Mountains state park overlook HDR Photomatix Desktop

Davis Mountains State Park Overlook HDR 1920x1080 3 exposures -2,0,+2 Photomatix Pro used for the HDR. Below are samples of the source images.

 

 

HDR Sample 0 Davis mtns overlook

HDR Sample 0 Davis mtns overlook

HDR Sample +2 Davis mtns overlook

HDR Sample +2 Davis mtns overlook

HDR Sample -2 Davis mtns overlook

HDR Sample -2 Davis mtns overlook

 

 

Kellie and Anthony Marino Davis Mountains

My wife and I after we hiked up to the overlook. This picture was taken with our Canon SD100