Nature Photography – More Images from Gorman Falls

Here are two more shots taken last month at Gorman Falls in the Colorado Bend State Park near Lampasas, Texas.

I was blessed to have perfect morning light filtering through the trees for these shots and the green moss covered rocks really seemed to glow. On my immediate left was the Colorado river flowing south to the Gulf of Mexico. The water in the Colorado was its usual brown, full of red clay and silt but the water pouring over the falls was perfectly clear, cool and refreshing. The geology of the area was fascinating and beautiful falls looked as if it belonged in Hawaii, rather than some remote corner of the Texas Hill Country.

I can’t post all my photos from this shoot because I’m planning to submit an article to Texas Highways and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazines. I haven’t had any of my work published in the past 30 years so we’ll see if this old guy’s still got what it takes. I also plan to make these two posters available for sale on my blog later this month if I can get PayPal configured correctly. And I’ll also be leading a photo-safari to this location in the fall if anyone’s interested. I’ll post more details later in the summer, so stay tuned.

Gorman Falls 16 x 24 Poster

Gorman Falls, Texas 16 x 24 Poster
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 35mm, f/16 for 1/2 second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done entirely in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Gorman Falls 16 x 24 Poster

Gorman Falls, Texas 16 x 24 Poster
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 10mm, f/13 for 1/3rd of a second at ISO 200 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done entirely in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Colorado Bend State Park, Gorman Falls, Landscape Photography

Texas Autumn Landscape Safari

I’m putting together the final schedule for the Texas Landscape Safari that will take place in the Texas Hill Country this fall when the colors begin to change. I should have the schedule finalized within the next few weeks and the participant worksheet posted on this blog at that time. The plan right now is to shoot at the following state parks and key locations during the four day workshop.

  • Colorado Bend State Park in Bend, Texas
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park in Burnet, Texas
  • Packsaddle Mountain near Kingsland, Texas
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, Texas
  • McKinney Falls State Park in Austin, Texas

I’ll have lots more information posted in the nest few weeks but one thing to keep in mind is that most of the best locations will require some hiking over terrain like this. A good pair of hiking shoes and strong back may be required! But hey, if an old fart like me can do it, so can you!

Rough Trail

Rough Trail – Bend, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/8 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Colorado Bend State Park, Texas Landscapes

Texas Landscape Safari – Gorman Falls

Here is one of the incredible sights you can expect to photograph if you decide to join me on this fall’s Texas Landscape Safari. The beauty of Gorman Falls in the Colorado Bend State Park near Lampasas, Texas is truly unmatched in all the Texas Hill Country. It’s like climbing down a steep Texas gorge into a tropical rain forest. Unexpected and wonderful!

Moss & Rocks

Moss & Rocks – Gorman Falls, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/8 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Colorado Bend State Park, Landscape Photography, Texas Landscapes

Landscape Photography – Morning Light

There’s just something about that first ray of light that filters down through the trees at dawn. I’m not sure if it’s the warmth and color or just the feeling of wonder that it brings. A feeling of peace, renewal and excitement that every photographer feels when the light just begins to illuminate the scene before you. Oh man, what I wouldn’t give to feel that way every morning!

Come and join me for a morning like this during the Texas Landscape Safari this fall.

Morning Light at Gorman Falls, Texas

Morning Light at Gorman Falls, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 11mm, f/9 for 1/13th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Colorado Bend State Park, Gorman Falls, Landscape Photography, Photography, Texas Landscapes

Gorman Falls

For more information on the history of Gorman Falls please visit Flying Hats over Gorman Falls by Jack Matthews. The following excerpt is used by permission of the author.

Gorman Falls is located in San Saba County, along the Colorado River, downstream from Bend, Texas, and above Lake Buchanan. Since 1984, Gorman Falls has been managed, fortunately, by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. An artesian spring, ejecting about three-hundred gallons a minute, provide hand-cramping cold water for the falls. The spring is about one-quarter of a mile up from the falls. The sound of the waterfall is loud, a low roar, back down by the cliffs, as you walk under a canopy of sycamores, cottonwoods, and pecan trees that give shade, plunging the ambient temperature ten degrees or more. The temperature change is so vivid, it is like opening the refrigerator in the house after working outside in the heat. It is no wonder that the Comanche, the working cowboys of the Gorman and Lemons Ranches, planned their day to be close to the falls when toil eased at mid-day or stopped in the evening, so that the cool air and artesian water might ease their muscles or give good medicine to the tribe.

I know of these things, maybe not the Comanche camp, by listening to my grandmother who tended the chuck wagon for her husband who managed cattle for the ranches. My grandmother, Effie, took me to the falls many times, always pointing out on the downhill slope to Gorman Falls, “That’s where we camped and set up the wagon, built a fire right there.” And, I would look and see bleached rocks and junipers, a clearing in the trees, and, yes, the remnants of a fire, her fire, many layers below. I thought of the cowboys who herded cattle, sitting down and eating beans, cornbread, and beef that my grandmother cooked. She was not that tough of a woman, of a person, to fix grub on the ranches, but she did. She followed my grandfather because she loved him and would cook for him and his pardners, as they tended cattle in the blazing hot, anvil-hard earth, Texas sun. Gorman Falls, with its cool, artesian water, was Beulah land, paradise, relief beyond belief, for them, for me.

Gorman Falls

Gorman Falls – Bend, 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 tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 35mm, f/14 for 1.3 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray LB Vari-ND-Duo neutral density filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

How To Get this Type of Shot: An image of water cascading down with that smooth, almost silky look to the water.

  • The real key to this shot is the location. Gorman Falls located in the Colorado Bend State Park near Lampasas, Texas is one of the most beautiful spots in the state to photograph. Its well protected location offers a pristine look at one of Texas’ secret hideaways.
  • As with most running water, the key is the long exposure (greater than 1 second) that creates the smooth, silky look. You have two choices in how to achieve the long exposure; a) use a very small aperture like f/22 or b) use a neutral density filter.
  • A wide-to-medium telephoto lens is a good choice for a shot like this since it allows you to capture many different shots from one spot.
  • A good sturdy tripod is a must in a situation like this. I recommend a carbon-fiber tripod for this shot since you’ll be lugging it several miles under the Texas sun to get this shot.
  • As before, the final key for this type of shot is setting your camera’s long exposure noise reduction to “ON”.
  • Shooting at Gorman Falls is best done in the early morning when the light just begins to filter through the trees. Spring and Fall are usually the best times of the year to capture great shots at the falls although a few brave souls have been known to visit during the heat of a Texas summer.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 5D Mark II, Colorado Bend State Park, Gorman Falls, Photography, Texas Hill Country, Texas Landscapes

Texas Landscape Safari – Spring 2010

Texas Landscape Safari

We still have a few spots open for our Texas Landscape Safari workshop scheduled for April 24th – 27th, 2010 in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Now that the winter rains have returned and refilled the aquifers, the rivers and streams should be running beautifully by April and provide some wonderful shots for our attendees. Each attendee will also receive an autographed copy of my Hill Country Landscapes book with detailed information on how each shot was taken.

Here’s a quick look at what we’ve scheduled for this workshop. You can click on this image to be taken directly to our Google Map for the workshop.

Texas Landscape Safari Map

We’ll be shooting at the following locations and the conditions look favorable for getting some great landscape shots in the Hill Country this spring.

  • Colorado Bend State Park – Bend, Texas
  • Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, Texas
  • Scenic Overlook – Kingsland, Texas
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Fredericksburg, Texas
  • Pedernales Falls State Park – Johnson City, Texas
  • McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas

To register or for more information, please contact me via email using my Contact Me page.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Inks Lake State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas Hill Country, Texas Landscape Safari

New Gorman Falls Poster Now Available

By popular demand (anytime three or more people ask) I’ve added this image to my posters collection and to the next edition of my Hill Country Landscapes book.

All posters are printed on Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper which boasts superb color reproduction and a standard archival value of 100 years in home display and 200 years in dark storage. Most orders will ship in 48 hours and will be shipped flat in a very secure padded cardboard container to protect your poster during transport. To keep things simple there is a flat shipping charge regardless of the number of posters ordered.

To order, just click on the Add to Cart button below and thank you all for your continued support!

Gorman Falls

Gorman Falls Poster 16″ x 20″ (GF01)
Copyright 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
$32.00 + $7.00 for Shipping and Handling (USPS 2-5 Business Days)

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