Landscape Photography – The View from the Top

Here’s a shot taken earlier this week during the Texas Landscape Safari at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg, Texas. Enchanted Rock is a huge granite dome that rises 425 feet above the ground, or about 1800 feet above sea level. This incredibly huge “batholith” (Google it) covers 640 acres making it one of the largest rock formations uncovered by erosion in the United States. And yes, the climb to the top is as steep as it looks but well worth the effort!

Early Morning Climb

Early Morning Climb – Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 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 28mm, f/13 for 1/15th of a second using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer and 4-stop graduated neutral density filter at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Fair Weather Landscape Photography

Another thing I try to teach during the Texas Landscape Safari (forgive my shameless plug) is when to shoot in great weather. Now before half of you say “Duh!” think about it for a minute. How many (yawn) uninspiring landscape images have you seen taken on a cloudless summer day? Is there anything less dramatic than a pale blue sky?

In landscape photography, timing is everything! That means watching the weather reports days and even weeks in advance to spot weather patterns (usually cold fronts here in Texas) that will bring you the most important background element ever found in a landscape image; Clouds!

It means planning your photographic outings well in advance but being flexible enough to GO when the conditions are right and stay home when they’re not. It means revisiting that favorite vista over and over again until the light and clouds and the colors are just right.

Landscape photography is a fickle mistress. Most times your planning, patience and persistence won’t pay off but every once in a while you wake up to find skies like this and it makes all the time and effort worthwhile!

Jet Stream

Jet Stream Over Enchanted Rock, 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 24mm, f/11 for 1/20th of a second using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer and 4-stop graduated neutral density filter at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Landscape Photography is Hard Work!

Landscape Photography is Hard Work!

Not really, but after a beautiful morning hiking all over Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, the legs and back do get a wee bit sore. Nothing that a quick pint of Shiner Bock and some good German food in Fredericksburg won’t cure. Come and join me this spring for the Texas Landscape Safari and see for yourself.

The Trail

The Trail Home – Enchanted Rock, 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 40mm, f/8 for 1/125th of a second using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Hiking the Texas Hill Country in Search of a View

These two shots were taken back in October during one of the most perfect days for landscape photography I’ve ever experienced. The early morning air was cool and dry and the sky a perfect cobalt blue. High, thin cirrus clouds were moving swiftly across the horizon providing a beautiful background for my shots of Enchanted Rock.

Looking up at the steep trail in front of me all thoughts of my age and lower back problems faded away. My only concern was ascending the hill as quickly as possible to capture as much of this beauty as possible before the light changed. Strangely enough, this incredibly soft but vibrant light lasted most of the day and into the early evening. It was a rare and beautiful gift I’ll never forget.

Things Are Looking Up – Fredericksburg, 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 24mm, f/8 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Way, Way Up – Fredericksburg, 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 28mm, f/8 for 1/80th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Those Texas Hills

Happy Friday! Its snowing here in southeast Texas which for any time of the year is very unusual. We’re in for a hard freeze tonight with temperatures in the upper 20′s. Since I’m a warm weather fanatic I thought I’d post one more image from a beautiful fall day in central Texas. Gotta love those Texas hills!

Those Texas Hills – Fredericksburg, 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 28mm, f/8 for 1/60th 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.

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Rock of Ages

I’m dedicating this week’s posts and images to my friends in “The Great White North”, which looking at the current weather report, is anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line. It looks like you folks are in for some darn cold temperatures and a whole lot of SNOW later this week. We had a couple of inches of snow a few weeks ago and that was plenty for me. I honestly don’t know how I ever survived in the suburbs of Chicago and Philadelphia all those years ago.

So here’s to you my friends. Summertime in Texas!

Rock of Ages – Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 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 hand-held. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/8 for 1/125th 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.

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Here’s an Interesting Landscape Shot

I took this shot during last fall’s Texas Landscape Safari on a beautiful October morning. The clouds were incredible all morning long and we were having a great time climbing Enchanted Rock and finding all sorts of interesting shots. I was amazed when this inverted mountain shaped cloud started to form right over the (small) mountain we were shooting. It definitely makes for an interesting shot!

Hill Country

Hill Country – Fredericksburg, Texas
Copyright 2010 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 45mm, f/13 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 100. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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