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

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 – Summer Nights

Here’s an image taken in June during one of the most interesting sunsets I’ve ever photographed. The sun began to set and as it got within a few degrees of the horizon it turned the sky a beautiful yellow color. As it continued to set the sky changed from a yellow to a pale blue and then to a bright red and purple as the light began to reflect off the thin, high clouds. I took over fifty images that evening and each one is just a little different in framing, color and tone.

I sure do love it when the Lord puts on a show!

Summer Nights

Summer Nights
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 47mm, f/13 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk 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 40D, Landscape Photography, 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 – G10 Summer Morning

G10

I was playing around with the Canon Powershot G10 last weekend and wanted to see what this camera was really capable of. I’d been reading all the online reviews of this little gems for the past several weeks and these three posts by photographer Bill Lockhart really hit home for me.

  • Canon Powershot G10, First Impressions
  • Canon Powershot G10 Review
  • Canon Powershot G10 Review (Summary)

The G10 is an amazing little camera for almost anyone from amateur to professional. The shot below was taken last weekend from atop the bluff at the Monument Hill State Historic Site in La Grange, Texas. As you can see from the larger version, the detail capable of being recorded by this little camera is incredible and the noise levels at ISO 80 are virtually nonexistent.

I’d recommend this point & shoot for anyone that needs a great little take everywhere camera!

Summer Morning (G10)

G10 Summer Morning
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon G10 set on aperture priority (Av). The exposure was taken at 28mm (eq), f/6.3 for 1/320th of a second at ISO 80 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 Powershot G10, Landscape Photography, Photography, Texas Landscapes

Landscape Photography – Texas Rain Forest

Happy Monday morning to everyone and happy first day of school for all you Texas kids!

Here’s another shot I took of Gorman Falls at the Colordao Bend State Park near Bend, Texas. I look forward to visiting this wonderful location again this October. Hopefully the drought will have abated by then and Gorman Creek will be flowing freely.

Texas Rain Forest

Texas Rain Forest – Bend, 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 with a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter attached. The exposure was taken at 10mm, f/13 for 1/6th 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.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Photography, Texas Landscapes, Texas State Parks

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