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The Rio At Little Arsenic


This image was made while we were on our camping trip to Wild Rivers back in September. We took the trail down into the gorge from our campsite on the top of the mesa. It is an 800 foot descent in a little over a mile, not bad going down, but pretty intense climbing out with close to sixty pounds of camera equipment strapped to my back.

Once we reached the bottom, we explored the area around Big Arsenic Spring, and found the petroglyphs nearby. We then followed the River Trail downstream to Little Arsenic Spring. This photo was made looking upriver from the spring where it enters the Rio Grande.

Equipment: Nikon D200, Nikkor 17–35 mm f2.8 zoom lens, circular polarizer, Bogen tripod.

Camera Settings: f 14, 1/100th sec., ISO 400, +2/3 EV

Processing: White balance, contrast, clarity, vibrance, and saturation adjustments in Adobe Lightroom, curves, and RAW conversion in Photoshop.

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