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Old 04-13-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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Casey Morris planted the Fandango theme in my head several years back. He figured it would appeal to me and he was right. I guess it kind of snowballed so here we go...

Since our first trip to Big Bend with a Fandango theme, I have been itching to get do it again. I still want to do it again because hopefully each time we do it, we do it a little better.

This year was special because I had the privilege of traveling with my long time buddy Conrad who recently moved back to Texas from England. Some of you met him at Bownanza. He's as good as they come and was more than up to the task.

Here's a small sample of the images from the road.

First stop, Manahans Sand.

Sandwandering II by legdog, on Flickr

It was a fun morning in the magic hour.

Sandwandering coyote II by legdog, on Flickr

The light and shadows changed quickly. If you ever attempt this, just keep firing. The best light took a while to develop.

here comes Monahans sun by legdog, on Flickr

Motionless waves

sun over sand by legdog, on Flickr

Lots of animal tracks.

sun over sand II by legdog, on Flickr

Could not resist getting in a few.

Sand running by legdog, on Flickr

This is Conrad

Borderlands by legdog, on Flickr

I got like, 8 inches of air.

Sand jump by legdog, on Flickr

After the sand we decided that if we pushed the itinerary log we could add a quick jaunt to the Guadalupe Range and El Capitan.

We pushed the pace for a handful of images.

El Capitan II by legdog, on Flickr

Played with a few angles.

El Capitan three centuries by legdog, on Flickr

And foreground choices.

El Capitan yucca by legdog, on Flickr

We were satisfied with the call.

El Capitan_ by legdog, on Flickr

We were happy with the light.

El Capitan IV by legdog, on Flickr

The plan was to be at the old Chata Ortega movie set as the sun went down which is on the other side of Pecos. We got there in plenty of time to hop past Chata Ortega's to shoot the Toyah School which was also featured in the movie.

Toyah Texas is a small town that seems to be decaying back into the desert.

Fandango Toyah by legdog, on Flickr

The Toyah School is a prime example.

Fandango Toyah III by legdog, on Flickr

The inside is especially rough.

Fandango Toyah inside by legdog, on Flickr

But you are not supposed to go inside.

Fandango Toyah 1912 by legdog, on Flickr

Staying on schedule, we headed just back up the road to set up for last light and light painting at Chata Ortega's. If you blow this wall up you can see Cameron Gott's name scratched here along with an obligatory "Legdog" just below where it says "Jeff".

Chata Groovers by legdog, on Flickr

Chata Ortega's is a fun shoot because it's a little back off the highway and you have work a bit to get the shots.

Chata Ortega End of Day II by legdog, on Flickr

Full moon lit it up well but we added some of our own light in the spirit of Noel Kerns.

Chata Ortega Moon by legdog, on Flickr

I'm still not sure which images I like best... better go do it again...

Chata Ortega Moon II by legdog, on Flickr
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Amazing pics and lighting! Nicely done!
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After one celebratory Shiner Premium longneck on the side of the highway, we gathered our gear and headed to the University of Texas McDonald Observatory for some night shots.

I honestly didn't notice the Big Dipper in this shot till I got home. A pleasant surprise.

McDonald Observatory & Big Dipper by legdog, on Flickr

Long exposure fun.

McDona;d UT by legdog, on Flickr

After the shoot we drove on in to Fort Davis. We had met all our photography goals so we found a rest stop, pulled out two cots and crashed. I wished I had captured the crash point but exhaustion is a funny thing.

At first light we finally found our way over to the elusive Prada Marfa art installation that isn't really in Marfa at all (as we learned on our first trip west).

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Could not resist adding balance to minimalist art.

Prada Marfa Past by legdog, on Flickr
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nice pics legdog! always enjoy following along on your adventures.
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From Prada Marfa it was on to Presidio and down toward Terlingua.

Another "must stop" is the DOM rock which is also a relic from Fandango.

DOM (Blaine edit) by legdog, on Flickr

The rock formation in the front right is where Kevin Costner made his famous speech "to what we were and what we will be". The Rio Grande is down below.

DOM Speech (Blaine edit) Fandango by legdog, on Flickr

If you have never driven from Presidio to Terlingua, you need to do so.

Terlingua Ghost Town (Blaine edit) by legdog, on Flickr

This is the bluff above Terlingua looking out to Mexico.

End of the day Terlingua by legdog, on Flickr

We ended the day at the Starlight as per custom.

Starlight Theater Terlingua by legdog, on Flickr

We slept in Terlingua but first light fond us wading across to Mexico to shoot the Santa Elena Canyon.

Santa Elena Canyon First Light by legdog, on Flickr

We spent several hours...

Santa Elena Canyon II by legdog, on Flickr
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:45 PM   #6
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I had to rush through the preliminaries, but tagging for later review. Impressive stuff, so far!
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:47 PM   #7
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EXCELENTE! Love them all!!! And what a great moon to work with...perfection.

I sure want to go back for a redo myself...so much beauty in that area of the state!
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After Santa Elena we had breakfast in the Basin and then set off to find a campground close to where we set up with Middleton and crew the first visit out. After camp set up the evening goal was the window.

Conrad used to be a downhill ski racer and pro soccer player. Consequently he has two brand new knees to hike with.

Conrad to the window by legdog, on Flickr

His knees did just fine.

Conrad enters window by legdog, on Flickr

And we set up at the window to watch the light change.

Window Wide II by legdog, on Flickr

played with some angles...

The Window Wide by legdog, on Flickr

And patiently waited on others as we shared one of the coolest views in Texas.

Conrad Captures by legdog, on Flickr

Eventually we got what we came for.

The Window III by legdog, on Flickr

No doubt too much post process here but hey, it's fun.

Another Window by legdog, on Flickr
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:54 PM   #9
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I still have more to work on but these are the highlights.

After spending some time in Marathon, we saw the train come through so we raced ahead to catch it. It didn't dawn on me till later (thanks John) that these are the tracks from the Fandango train scene.

Marathon Fandango Train by legdog, on Flickr

There's more unfinished parts of the story but I have been so slow to decide on which images I liked I have sat on these for a while. I'll add a few more when they surface.

Thanks for looking. You bet I'll do it again.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:08 PM   #10
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Tip of the cap, buddy
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:20 PM   #11
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Looks like a roadtrip I need to take soon. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:55 PM   #12
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Great shots! I have never been out to that part of the state, but those pictures make me feel as though I was there.
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:01 AM   #13
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Chisos Bluebonnets

Chisos Bluebonnets by legdog, on Flickr

Border surveillance system

Tethered Aerostat by legdog, on Flickr

Starlight entrance

Starlight by legdog, on Flickr

Terlingua Moon

thirty seconds of moon by legdog, on Flickr

Moon eye

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Earlier

terlingua by legdog, on Flickr

Terlingua decay

church decay by legdog, on Flickr

Added pews since last isit

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Rio Grande running through an old movie set. Streets of Laredo and others...

River view by legdog, on Flickr

Movie set decay

Embrace the decay Chisos by legdog, on Flickr

Makes for a fun quick shoot

Embrace the decay by legdog, on Flickr

Streets of Laredo? by legdog, on Flickr

Movie set by legdog, on Flickr

Dorks at the DOM

Dom Dorks by legdog, on Flickr

You can see the original DOM in this one as well as the one they recreated for Fandango.

Double DOM by legdog, on Flickr

I'll try and wrap it up with one more set.

canoe by legdog, on Flickr
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:26 AM   #14
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Amazing pictures Leg. Thank you.
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Great set of photos Steven!

I wouldn’t expect anything less.
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Yes. Yes. Yes.

Well done, sir!
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Thanks. It was fun but the skies gave out before we reached all our goals.

Just one more reason to do it again

Conrad also got some great shots. I need to see if he will share.
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Great photos.
I have walked in that starlight door many a time just to stumble out.
Make it to Lajitas bar, where the golf course/motel is?
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Very cool pics. thanks for sharing.
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Awesome. I would have never known most of that existed without this thread. Thanks.
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Great photos.

I have walked in that starlight door many a time just to stumble out.

Make it to Lajitas bar, where the golf course/motel is?

Drove past it.

I assume that's a "must stop" point?

I'm still learning so let me know. Thanks!

For those who have been, the La Kiva bar is still under heavy remodeling. Maybe next time it will be open again and we can try some tequila on the border.

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Awesome pictures as always, Legdog...
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Beautiful work.

I absolutely love this part of our great state. Thanks for sharing.
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Killer work amigo!!
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Great pics, you guys never fail to bring back some awesome images.
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Awesome pics of an amazingly beautiful part of our state.
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Beautiful pics thanks for sharing. What is your camera set up? Hoping on doing a kayak trip from that area all the way to Amistad reservior one of this days. Bucket list type plan so hope it works out one day.
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Outstanding pics!
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Outstanding pics! Lucky to say I've been to a few of those spots. Thanks for sharing
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Harsh light but you gotta play the cards you are dealt

octillo by legdog, on Flickr

Conrad demonstrating balance

balanced rock perspective by legdog, on Flickr

yes, it does look like a ****

balanced rock by legdog, on Flickr

proof yucca will grow anywhere

yucca in stone by legdog, on Flickr

Octillo with the Basin in the background.

Grey skies were killing us at this point

Octillo Basin by legdog, on Flickr

Octillo detail

Octillo Last by legdog, on Flickr

Six man football in Marathon... team is done though... stadium is headed to dust

Six MAn Football Marathon-3 by legdog, on Flickr

The Gage requires a quick capture.

Gage Hotel Marathon by legdog, on Flickr

The gas station where repairs took place in Fandango

Fandango Gas Station by legdog, on Flickr

One last Window

In the Window II by legdog, on Flickr

One more Santa Elena from a distance

Santa III by legdog, on Flickr

And one last look from the Mexico side. Yes, you can walk into Mexico with ease.

Santa by legdog, on Flickr

~amen~
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Beautiful pics thanks for sharing. What is your camera set up? Hoping on doing a kayak trip from that area all the way to Amistad reservior one of this days. Bucket list type plan so hope it works out one day.
Nikon D750

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Tamron 15-30 2.8
Nikkor 24-70 2.8

Circular polarizer and UV haze filters
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Wow, I've been there multiple times, but never came away with shots like those! Incredible!
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very cool shots! My dad and I try and make that trip every year.
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You've done it again Steven! Still the King!!!!! WOW
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Enjoyed it, great shots Steven!
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I will make that trip this year!
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Unbelievable shots! That's perfection!!
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WOW, beyond impressive!!

Thank you for sharing!!
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Awesome trip and pics
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Cool pics
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Sweet! Always impressive.
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Loved the road trip!
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Great photos!
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