If you’re like me, you grew up watching reruns of black & white westerns from the late 50’s and early 60’s and couldn’t get enough of the “old west”. Movies like High Noon with Gary Copper and Grace Kelly and television shows like The Rifleman with Chuck Conners were how many of us spent our Saturday afternoon when the chores were done.
My favorites were the John Ford westerns shot in Monument Valley, Utah. I just couldn’t get enough of movies like Fort Apache, Rio Grande, The Searchers and Cheyenne Autumn and I fell in love with the rugged landscape of the old west. John Ford’s westerns created an entire generation of kids longing for the wide open spaces in those old films and I guess that’s why I can’t seem to get enough of the Texas plains and canyons.
BTW – The remake of the 1969 hit True Grit starring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn is scheduled for release this December.
Monument – Silverton, Texas
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Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/16 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.
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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Monument – Silverton, Texas