Autumn Reflections

Its been a year of strange weather here in Texas. We started out the year in severe drought and the spring and summer months brought little respite. We finally began to get some much-needed rain in the early fall but by then the trees had gone brown and dry. Its been the worst fall color season that I can remember and the earliest I’ve ever seen the trees begin to shed their leaves.

Autumn Reflections – Smithville, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on manual (M) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens hand-held. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/16 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

I had high hopes to capture some fall color around Austin last weekend but most of the leaves had already fallen or turned brown. I finished my Saturday afternoon workshop a little early (it was damn cold) and decided to enjoy the drive along Park Road 1C which runs between Bastrop and Buescher state parks. The 15 miles of winding road through the “Lost Pines” is always a treat for the senses.

I decided to stop at the lake near the entrance of Buescher State Park to see if I could spot any birds to photograph and could hardly believe my luck in finding still waters and a beautiful cobalt blue sky. Some days you just get lucky!

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

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