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TPWD News Release — Feb. 22, 2005

Big Bend Ranch State Park Conditions Prime for Digital Photo Workshop

PRESIDIO, Texas — Big Bend Ranch State Park should be in full bloom this spring, thanks to above-average moisture, providing a host of colorful subjects for camera buffs enrolled in digital photo workshops scheduled this April.

Veteran Houston photographer Jim Carr will teach two sets of workshops: the first bring April 22-24 and the second April 26-28. The workshops will concentrate on digital photography fundamentals and what equipment and computer software are available today to take quality pictures and enhance ones that need help, Carr said.

"One of the main disappointments that I hear from people who visit the ranch is their inability to capture the mountains and grandeur of the West Texas landscapes that make the Big Bend so special," Carr said. "While capturing such an image has always been possible, (though not easily) digital cameras and software programs have made taking quality panoramic photos much easier."

Carr knows Big Bend Ranch well. He has been conducting trail rides and photo workshops at the scenic 300,000-acre state park and working cattle ranch for 10 years.

He says workshop participants will be divided into four groups of photographers at the ranch. Photographers will learn how to download their photos to a computer disc and how to adjust colors, size photos and perform other editing tasks using the latest photo editing software.

The cost of the workshop is $400, which includes meals, lodging, all park fees and transportation in connection with the on-site workshop. Workshop participants will meet at Fort Leaton State Historic Site in Presidio and be transported to the state park.

To register for the workshop, call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 229-3416.