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TPWD News Release — Feb. 20, 2007

Capture Big Bend’s Spring Splendor at Photo Workshop

PRESIDIO, Texas — Flowing desert springs and blooming Chihuahua Desert wildflowers, cacti and shrubs should provide colorful subjects for shutterbugs attending Big Bend Ranch State Park’s twice-annual digital photography workshop April 13-15.

“The park was blessed with considerable amounts of rain and snow this winter, so the ranch’s chaparral, canyons and mountain slopes should be awash in floral color,” said Houston photographer Jim Carr. “The workshop is designed for both beginning and intermediate digital photographers.”

Carr, a retired commercial photographer, is quite knowledgeable about what makes Big Bend Ranch such a special place. He has been conducting trail rides and photo workshops at the scenic 300,000-acre state park and working cattle ranch for more than 10 years.

Workshop participants will be taught how to properly light and compose a picture, and what to do with pictures after they’ve been taken, according to Carr. Instruction will touch on digital photo storage and organization as well as how to delete, edit and resize the image for e-mailing, printing or posting on a Web site.

The $400 workshop cost 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 Big Bend Ranch.

Participants meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at Fort Leaton State Historic Site three miles east of Presidio on FM 170. Each person will need to provide his own lunch on Friday. On Saturday at the ranch, photographers will go into the field to take scenic and candid shots. The last morning is reserved for a discussion about what to do with the hundreds of photos that have been taken. After lunch on Sunday, participants are free to take photos on their own anywhere on the ranch before heading home.

To register for the workshop, call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 229-3416. For additional information about the workshops, call Carr at (281) 486-8070 or send an e-mail to