Enchanted Rock is huge. The main batholith (an erosion-exposed granite magma chamber forming a huge, red rock dome) rises 425 feet from the surrounding countryside. Erosion has peeled layers off the rock over time and the area around it is strewn with enormous boulders and slabs of rock.
The biggest problem when shooting the rock, I find, is to leave the viewer with a sense of scale. Take this shot, for example – is it half a mile across or just a few feet? Normally, I don’t like to include people in this kind of picture but as scaling elements they are rather helpful. Here, the single person in the top left of the shot provides that much-needed scale reference and shows that these are not just tiny flakes of granite after all.
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