The Rio Grande River meanders about 2,000 miles through Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. It forms the border between the United States and Mexico. And, for Dad, it provided the perfect place to create some art.
He managed to capture a dramatic sunset over the Rio Grande River while visiting Big Bend National Park. It was an opportunistic moment. Although he doing a photo shoot with two models on the South Rim, Dad noticed a storm building up over the distant mountain range and quickly switched modes to take a landscape picture. It would become his photo called “Rio Grande”.
Back at the studio, Dad decided the river needed a focal point. Always one to study great artists, he remembered a painting with a fur trapper on the river in a canoe. He decided “Rio Grande” needed a canoe to give the photo a little punch.
Without further ado, Dad shot a floating canoe in Dallas and then used Photoshop to add it to the Big Bend landscape. Dad’s artistic license allowed him to blend three photos into a serene picture of the Rio Grande.