Early Morning on the Guadalupe River

I’ve never been an early riser. In fact my philosophy is if the early bird catches the worm, then the worm should have stayed in bed a wee bit longer. Unfortunately the pursuit of landscape photography generally means getting up before dawn, finding a nice subject in the dim pre-dawn hours and waiting patiently for the sun to create its magic. Making exposure after exposure, changing a little here and a little there, shooting horizontal and vertical and constantly adjusting to the light’s ever changing patterns in hope of catching that one magic moment when everything looks just right. More often than not, that perfect moment never comes and we must be content with catching only a glimpse of what we felt and saw in that early morning light.

Morning on the Guadalupe

Morning on the Guadalupe River, 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 32mm, f/16 for 1/5th of a second using a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Landscape Photography – Grand Old Cypress

There is nothing better than a cool breeze on a warm summer morning in the Texas Hill Country. And one of the best places in the world to enjoy this simple pleasure is at the Guadalupe River State Park, near New Braunfels, Texas. The park boasts some of he tallest and oldest Cypress trees in the region and these majestic old trees make wonderful subjects. I do believe they have more wrinkles than I do!

Grand Old Cypress

Grand Old Cypress – Guadalupe River, 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 32mm, f/16 for 1/5th of a second using a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Guadalupe River Reflections

Happy Friday!

It’s the end of a long week of work, play and life. Here’s an image of the Guadalupe River taken in the quiet of an early Sunday morning. Looking at a scene like this, it’s easy to see the Lord’s hand at work.

Have a great weekend!

Guadalupe River Reflections

Guadalupe River Reflections, 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 55mm, f/16 for 1/8th of a second using a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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More Long Exposure Landcape Photography

Here is another long exposure shot taken using the Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer. The water in this part of the Guadalupe river was flowing rather slowly so all I needed was about 1/2 second exposure to create the soft, flowing effect I wanted. I generally prefer to use a warming polarizer to avoid a blue cast in my polarized images. A standard CP is OK for the sky, but it makes the water look a bit strange.

BTW – I shot this image at f/22 and honestly couldn’t find any sign of softness caused by diffraction, even when pixel peeping the 100% crop.

Guadalupe River Cypress – Spring Branch, 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 32mm, f/22 for 0.4 seconds 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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