Texas Landscape Safari – Hill Country Drive

Here is another of the incredible sights you can expect to photograph if you decide to join me on this fall’s Texas Landscape Safari. The area just northwest of Austin, Texas covers some of the beautiful and picturesque scenery in the state. From this lookout at the Inks Lake State Park you can follow the Colorado river all the way north from Inks Lake to the Buchanan Dam. In October, the air should be crisp and clear providing a wonderful opportunity to capture some beautiful landscape images. Come and join me for a Hill Country drive during the Texas Landscape Safari this fall.

Hill Country Drive

Hill Country Drive – Burnet, 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 50mm, f/11 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Texas Landscape Safari – Lower McKinney Falls

Here is another of the incredible sights you can expect to photograph if you decide to join me on this fall’s Texas Landscape Safari. McKinney Falls State Park in Austin , Texas is a hidden gem in the middle of central Texas. This wonderful little state park boasts one of the most picturesque water falls in Texas that is only a few minutes from downtown Austin. The upper falls is a well known swimming hole but my favorite place is the usually deserted lower falls with its beautiful rock formations.

Lower McKinney Falls

Lower McKinney Falls – Austin, 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 24mm, f/11 for 1/25th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. The image was post capture processed in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro filter. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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Texas Landscape Safari – Longhorn Cavern

And one more great location to photograph if you join me on this fall’s Texas Landscape Safari. Longhorn Cavern State Park near Burnet, Texas is one of the most interesting small caverns in this part of the country.

Longhorn Cavern

Longhorn Cavern – Burnet, 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 21mm, f/10 for 1/30th 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.

The cave itself has been used as a shelter since prehistoric times. Among legends about the cavern is one that the outlaw Sam Bass hid a $2 million cache of stolen money inside. Confederates made gunpowder in the cave during the Civil War. Legend has it that the Texas Rangers rescued a kidnapped girl from Indians in the cave and during prohibition, the cave was used as a speakeasy, serving bootleg liquor to folks from all around central Texas.

Longhorn Cavern

Longhorn Cavern – Burnet, 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 22mm, f/7.1 for 1/40th 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.

One thing’s for sure, the temperature in the cavern is 68F all year round and a refreshing change from the hot Texas sun anytime of the day. Photography tours of the cave are offered by Longhorn Cave Tours, a private firm that manages the site for the state. They are private tours and run about 2 – 3 hours so we can photograph the cavern at our leisure.

Longhorn Cavern

Longhorn Cavern – Burnet, 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 17mm, f/8 for 4/10ths 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.

Longhorn Cavern is a great place to practice our high dynamic range (HDR) techniques as well as different filter techniques. Long exposures are the norm so a good tripod is a must. You can expect some incredible images to come from this location on the Texas Landscape Safari.

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Texas Landscape Safari Update

It’s finally raining here in Texas and that means the Texas Landscape Safari will be taking place as planned on October 19th – 21st, 2009. This not your usual photography workshop. It’s more like a bunch of friends getting together to share their love of landscape photography and help each other grow as serious amateur photographers. It’s a chance to visit and photograph some of the most beautiful spots in the Texas Hill Country and to learn some basic techniques to enhance your landscape photography behind the camera and in the digital darkroom. The price of this workshop is $250 per person (price includes instruction only). I charge just enough to cover my expenses and if you’re not completely exhausted (but satisfied) at the end of the workshop, I’ll gladly refund your money!

For more information or to register, please contact me via email using the “Contact Me” page located on this blog.

We will be shooting at the following state parks and key locations during the four day / three night workshop.

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

We will be staying overnight at the following locations to be as close to the action as possible.

  • Holiday Inn Express – Lampasas, Tx on Sunday October 18, 2009
  • Best Western Marble Falls Inn – Marble Falls, Tx on Monday October 19, 2009
  • Best Western Johnson City Inn – Johnson City, Tx on Tuesday October 20, 2009

Gorman Falls Morning

Gorman Falls Morning – Colorado Bend 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 with a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter attached. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/16 for 0.8 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.

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Texas Landscape Safari Update 2

Update: I’m heading out to West Texas for a few days of landscape and nature work for my book. Just so y’all won’t be too lonely without my regular posts, here are a few links full of beautiful Texas scenery to inspire you!

Jerod Foster’s Blog

Wyman Meinzer’s Blog

Laurence Parent’s Texas

We still have a few spots open for our Texas Landscape Safari workshop scheduled for October 18 – 21, 2009 in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Now that the rains have returned and the weather looks to be wetter in September and October, the rivers and streams should be running and provide some wonderful shots for our attendees.

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 fall.

  • Colorado Bend State Park – Bend, Texas
  • Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, Texas
  • Longhorn Cavern 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

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Workshop Preparation – The Little Things That Count

In landscape photography its the little things that count. One of the most important aspects of creating a well composed landscape image is knowing where “level” is. This is especially true when your background is hilly or mountainous. We use our sense of “level” so much every day that a person will look at an image on the web or in print and instinctively know if it’s not perfectly level.

Nikon's Virtual Horizon

Finding the perfect “level” has become fairly easy for Nikon shooters since inclusion of a Virtual Horizon in the D3, D300 and D700 firmware.

This wonderful little feature was made famous last year in a hilarious post by Joe McNally. I’m not quite sure this was exactly the publicity Nikon was looking for but it certainly demonstrated the feature well.

Luckily, the folks at Adorama sell a great little Hot Shoe Bubble Level 337 made by Manfrotto that takes all the guesswork out of finding a perfect “level” in our landscape images. For about $33.00 (USD) it’s a great little Holiday gift too.

Hot Shoe Bubble Level

Hot Shoe Bubble Level
Copyright 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shots taken with a Canon Powershot G9 hand-held at 30mm, f/4.0 for 1/320th of a second at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2.

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No Blog Tuesday – Sick in Bed!

No regular post today folks as I’ve come down with some bug (not the flu maybe the flu Not the Flu!) and I feel like I’ve been run over by Ford F150. Damn, I hate getting old.

To make up for it please check out Paul Hinrichs’ Flickr Set taken during last month’s Texas Landscape Safari. We all had a great time wandering around the Texas Hill Country, getting some really nice shots and eating some down-home Texas cooking.

I’m just about finished with my new (self-published) book entitled “Hill Country Landscapes” and (Lord willing) it should be available before Christmas. I’ll post more details next week.

Update: Off to the doctor for a flu test. On a brighter note, it looks like two of my recent G10 landscape shots have been chosen to be published in Peachpit Books upcoming “Canon G10/G11: From Snapshots to Great Shots”. It also looks like an article I wrote for Singh-Ray’s blog should be published soon.

Update 2: Not the Flu. Doc gave me a prescription that stopped the worst symptoms and I slept 12 hours. I’m feeling much better today and should be back up and running by Thursday. My sincere thanks to everyone for your concern.

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