El Capitan rises from the deserts of west Texas in dramatic fashion. The sheer end of the Guadalupe Mountains is a sight to see and a frequent subject of my cameras. I find the views varied and all of them superb I often wonder why other photographers do not make the trek to photograph this park. Then I remember, its here in Texas and for some reason people think all the good parks are in California or Utah.
Too bad for them. Great for me.
On a fine fall afternoon, I arrived south of El Cap by one of my favorite roadside views of the mountains to find that fall rains had brought on some wildflowers and I instantly knew I had my image for the day.
Set up low. Go wide to take it all in. Use a grad filter to hold back the sky. Stop down to f/45. Wait for the wind to slow enough to hopefully get the flowers sharp. Then wait four weeks to see if you got the image. You gotta love large format.
I mostly got the shot. Trying not to blow out the yellow in the flowers it does get kinda dark in the shadows, but as Galen Rowell always said-expose for the most important highlight.