Landscape Photography – Looking Upstream

Oops! Quick change of plans. I’m heading for the Angelina National Forest late this afternoon (about 150 mile drive from Sugar Land) and I’ll be up before dawn to catch the sunrise over Boykin Springs. This time of year the early morning light is much warmer and softer, especially in the East Texas Piney Woods.

Here is another image of rocks, trees and water taken while looking upstream at the Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, Texas (birth place of President Lyndon B. Johnson). I’ll be visiting this wonderful park once again late next week to (hopefully) capture some beautiful sunrise and sunset shots. We’ve had a little rain lately so I’m hoping for better waterfall shots as well.

By the way, the difference in exposure between the foreground (rocks & water) and the background (sky & clouds) in this image was almost 5 stops. Rather than bracket my exposures to create an HDR image I decided to use a 3-Stop/Soft rectangular Singh-Ray Graduated Neutral Density Filter held in place in front of the lens using a Cokin “P” Series Filter Holder.

In my opinion, no Photomatix Pro, Lightroom or Photoshop technique is as simple and as foolproof as using an ND-Grad for this common landscape situation. Don’t take my word for it, read what landscape professional Steve Kossack has to say on the subject of “using graduated neutral density filters”.

Looking Upstream

Looking Upstream at Pedernales Falls State Park – Johnson City, 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 24mm, f/9 for 1/100th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

You can also find a 1200 x 800 version of this image and many others on my Flickr site.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Landscape Photography, Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas Landscapes

Nature Photography – Swirl

Just a quick (prescheduled since I’m out shooting) post with an image I took a few weeks ago and couldn’t decide what to do with. I love the color of the water and the rocks and the way the water swirled in the little pool. I’m just not sure what story this image tells, if any.

So here’s the thing. You get to tell the story in the comments while I’m out in the blazing heat and awful humidity of the East Texas Piney Woods. I know you’re out there lurking Mark, Ray, Jaime, Michael & Terry. Tell me why this shot works or why it doesn’t. Tell me what you “feel” when you look at it. (sidebar: a little alcohol helps). Let me have it with both barrels!

And have a great weekend!

Swirl

Swirl – Pedernales Falls State Park, 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 28mm, f/16 for 1.6 seconds using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter. Shot at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

You can also find a 1200 x 800 version of this image and many others on my Flickr site.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Nature Photography, Pedernales Falls State Park

Landscape Photography – Curves

Here is another image taken last month at the Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, Texas. I’m heading back to the Texas Hill Country later this week for a few days of landscape and nature photography. It’s going to be hot with the daily highs hovering around 102F, so I’ll probably stick to shooting during the “golden hours” during sunrise and sunset.

Curves

Curves – Pedernales Falls State Park, 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 95mm, f/16 for 1.6 seconds using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter. Shot at ISO 100 on Sandisk 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, Landscape Photography, Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas Landscapes

Landscape Photography – Sunset on the Rocks

I had a great time photographing the sunset at the Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, Texas on Friday evening. I arrived about an hour before sunset and had plenty of time to hike the falls and find a good spot or two. Unfortunately, the drought in central Texas continues and there was very little water flow running between the huge granite boulders and rock shelves. Only a few still pools of water to catch the sun’s final rays and provide me with a nice reflection to capture. When the water level is this low you can see millions of years of sedimentation in the granite. It’s humbling to sit there and imagine the water flow that it took to carve these rocks into their unique shapes.

Sunset on the Rocks

Sunset on the Rocks- Johnson City, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 73mm, f/13 for 1/13th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar 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 50D, Landscape Photography, Pedernales Falls State Park

Landscape Photography – The Day’s Last Rays

Just as there’s something magical about early morning light, the last few rays of sunshine in the late evening are golden (pardon the pun). After a long and exciting day of nature photography, there’s nothing better than a great location to sit and wait for those last few rays of sunshine to turn your subject into a wonderful mosaic of warmth and color.

I have a confession to make. I really hate getting up before dawn. Period. The only reason I do it is to capture those wonderful few moments of early morning light. Morning light changes very quickly and the photographer had better keep up or miss the opportunity. Evening light lingers, slowly changing it’s tone and texture.

I much prefer the late evening when it’s OK to sit and rest for a few moments. When you can take some time to reflect and think about composition and the play between light and shadow in your scene. When you know that you have time to take as many exposures as you want as the sun slowly sinks in the west.

Come and join me for quiet evening like this during the Texas Landscape Safari in October.

Reflections

Reflections – Pedernales Falls, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 88mm, f/13 for 1/10th 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 50D, Landscape Photography, Pedernales Falls State Park, Photography, Texas Landscapes

Landscape Photography – Shadows

Just a quick post to start off your weekend on the right foot. I took this shot last month at the Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, Texas. It was a warm evening with an even warmer breeze blowing in from the south. The sun was just over the horizon and sinking fast behind the trees west of this section of the falls. It’s always nice to take a few shots right before the sun sets. The long dark shadows bring out the wonderful textures all around you.

I’m heading down to Goliad, Texas this weekend to shoot at the Presidio de la Bahia & Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga historic sites for my book. Have a wonderful weekend and get out there and make some great exposures!

Shadows

Shadows
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/8 for 1/100th of a second 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.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 50D, Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas Landscapes

Landscape Photography – Small Rapids

A couple of months ago I was hiking around the Pedernales Falls near Johnson City, Texas and happened upon this flow of water bubbling from an underground source and running back into the Pedernales river. I looked high and low but couldn’t find any sign of where the water originated from. It must have started somewhere upstream in the falls in a spot where the water flows underground before being forced back to the surface. It was an amazing set of very little rapids and makes a curious photograph to look upon.

Small Rapids

Small Rapids- Pedernales 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 with a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter attached. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/14 for 1.6 seconds at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas Landscapes, Texas State Parks