Reflections in Black & White

Winter is a funny time of year in central Texas. The leaves have mostly fallen and the fields turned golden brown. The southern sun is much lower in the sky and the light is both softer and less harsh. Though the days have grown shorter, the shadows have grown longer. It’s as if the “magic hours” we nature photographers so love have been extended just when we need them the most.

Reflections in Black & White – Smithville, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 50mm, f/13 for 1/25th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro for the black & white conversion. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Many folks look at winter as a time to put their camera and tripod away and wait for spring. For me, winter offers an incredible opportunity to look past the colors of the other seasons to the rich textures offered only in winter. It’s a time to “see” each shot in black & white just as I did when shooting Kodak Pan-X, Plus-X and Tri-X back in the mid 1970′s. There’s something almost “zen like” about shooting in black & white (or in the case of digital, converting to black & white) that clears the mind and focuses the senses. It feels like home.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Buescher State Park, Canon, Canon 5D Mark II, Landscape Photography, Photography, Texas Landscapes

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