Lone Star Trail – Take Two

Way back in March, I took a short hike on the Lone Star Trail (in Sam Houston National Forest) with my sister, Lacy. We started at Double Lake and walked south on the trail for about a mile and a half. We were both taking photos, and more interested in photography than hiking.

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This scene is of the Double Lake Branch of Big Creek, just south of Double Lake. It’s off trail just a bit, and very close to the big oak I visited last year.

I’ve put off processing these photos for too long now. I’ll have some others up soon.

3 thoughts on “Lone Star Trail – Take Two

  1. I really like this shot. It’s dense but organized, if that makes sense. The creek makes a nice pathway to lead your eye through the frame and into the distance. The reflection on the creek really makes a difference here; the creeks in that area are mostly muddy, brown, and ugly; but the refelction makes the creek an attractive feature in the image. I like the way the upper left corner is bookended by the tree trunk. The lighter area in the background makes a nice destination for your eye to arrive at after following the creek, but it’s not so bright that it sticks out as a distraction. You did a good job of controlling the overall contrast and tonality.

    While I like hiking various sections of the LST (Big Creek to Double Lake being my favorite section), I’ve found the piney woods to be a very difficult environment for taking landscape photographs. In fact I often don’t even bring my camera anymore when hiking there. So I find your success with this image all the more impressive.

  2. Thanks Mike and Jeff! I appreciate your responses. Yep, I agree that it is hard to photograph that area if you’re looking for landscape-type images. I suppose there are good opportunities for small-scale landscapes and macro work, but I’m not really into that.

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