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Feb. 23, 2004

Digital Photo Workshop Scheduled at Big Bend Ranch State Park

PRESIDIO, Texas — Big Bend Ranch State Park has scheduled a May workshop to demonstrate how a newfangled technology — digital photography — has a home on the range.

Veteran Houston photographer Jim Carr will conduct the three-day workshop, May 7-9, that will include hands-on instruction about how to capture the park's spring wildflowers and wildlife with a digital camera and how to correct the images using the latest photo editing software.

Carr has been conducting trail rides and photo workshops at the scenic 300,000-acre West Texas park and working ranch for 10 years. He says the timing of the workshop coincides with the blooming of a variety of the Big Bend's cacti and other flora, making for some exceptional nature photography opportunities.

The cost of the workshop is $300, which includes meals, lodging, all park fees and transportation in connection with the on-site workshop. Workshop participants will meet on Friday, May 7 at Fort Leaton State Historic Site in Presidio and be transported to the state park.

Photographers will shoot photos Friday afternoon, eat dinner and receive instruction about correcting digital images using one the latest photo editing software. Participants will take photographs of the park's natural history the next day and receive further hands-on photo editing instruction Saturday evening. There will be another opportunity to take photos Sunday morning and question-and-answer session following lunch. The workshop concludes at about 2 p.m.

To register for the workshop, call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 229-3416 or (432) 358-4444. For more information about the workshop, call (281) 486-8070 or e-mail (

RM 2004-02-23

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