Photographing Mule Ears

One of the best known and most widely photographed features of Big Bend National Park are the twin peaks of the Mule Ears, captured here along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. While not the tallest peaks in Big Bend, the Mule Ears are definitely one of the most interesting.

Mule Ears

Mule Ears – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
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Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 73mm, f/10 for 1/12th of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

GPS Coordinates: 29°9’16” N 103°27’39” W, 2627 ft

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Photographing Punta de la Sierra in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park contains some of the most beautiful and pristine mountain peaks in all of Texas. Punta de la Sierra is the southern most range less than twenty miles from the Rio Grande river. The best views of this gorgeous range can be found only from the River Road, a 51 mile, two-track, dirt road which traverses the southern portion of the Big Bend.

Trucking Along

This unimproved road (two track for 4 x 4 vehicles) generally follows the Rio Grande, but runs quite a ways north of the river, especially in the middle section. Due to the length and usually rough condition of the road, you should really allow a full day to drive from end to end. The west end of the road is less traveled and in much rougher condition. It crosses numerous washes and dry streams before winding its way to Castolon and the Santa Elena Canyon. After a West Texas downpour, this stretch of the River Road is often impassable even with a high clearance four wheel drive truck.

South Rim of the Chisos Mountains

Punta de la Sierra – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
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Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 82mm, f/16 for 1/60th of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer and soft, graduated neutral density filters. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

GPS Coordinates: 29°3’13” N 103°21’1″ W, 2185 ft

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New Name, New Beginning, Same Focus

I have been posting images and writing this blog since early 2008 and I thought that after seven years, it’s time for a little change. Serious Amateur Photography is now Texas Landscape Photography in keeping with my focus on landscape photography in the Lone Star State.

The photography that you’ve come to expect and enjoy won’t change much but my emphasis on “how to become a better landscape photographer” will begin to morph into “where can I find inspiring locations to photograph here in Texas”. Quite honestly, many of my readers are accomplished landscape photographers in their own right and even my youngest readers have a knack for digital photography well beyond their years. Oh, I’ll still post the occasional “how did I get that shot” type of article but more often than not my wordier posts will assume a certain level of technical proficiency and delve into the questions of “where”, “when” and “why” did I take a certain shot.

So with that in mind… Once More Unto the Breach my Friends!

Unto the Breach Once More

Once More Unto the Breach – Fort Davis, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
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Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/14 for 1/60th of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer and soft, graduated neutral density filters. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

GPS Coordinates: 30°39’8″ N 104°16’13” W, 5487 ft

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Storm over Fort Davis, Texas

Storm over Fort Davis

Storm over Fort Davis, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
EOS 5D Mark III w/ GP-E
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 29mm, f/16 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer and soft, graduated neutral density filters. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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Sunset in the Davis Mountains

Sunset in the Mountains

Sunset in the Mountains – Fort Davis, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
EOS 5D Mark III w/ GP-E
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/2 of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer and soft, graduated neutral density filters. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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Mount Livermore – Fort Davis, Texas

Mount Livermore

Mount Livermore – Davis Mountains Preserve, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
EOS 5D Mark III w/ GP-E
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 85mm, f/16 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer and soft, graduated neutral density filters. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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Southern View

The southern view of the Davis Mountains beckons …

Southern View

Southern View – Fort Davis, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
EOS 5D Mark III w/ GP-E
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 45mm, f/16 for 1/40th of a second at ISO 100 using Singh-Ray’s warming polarizer and soft, graduated neutral density filters. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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Alpine Hillside

The drive through far West Texas from Del Rio to Alpine is filled with gorgeous hillsides like this. It’s about as close to Heaven you can get on earth!

Alpine Hillside

Alpine Hillside – Alpine, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
EOS 5D Mark III w/ GP-E
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 65mm, f/16 for 1/60th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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