Punta de la Sierra

The Punta de la Sierra, (also known as the Pinnacle Mountains), is five miles northeast of the Johnson Ranch in Big Bend National Park in southern Brewster County. This southernmost portion of the Chisos Mountains rises to an elevation of 4,885 feet above sea level but lies just three miles north of the Rio Grande river.

Punta de la Sierra

Punta de la Sierra – Big Bend National Park, Texas
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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 tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/60th 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°3’12” N 103°21’1″ W, 2185 ft

The Bluest Skies in Texas – Big Bend National Park, Texas

The Bluest Skies in Texas

The Bluest Skies in Texas – Big Bend National Park, Texas
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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 tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 284mm, f/16 for 1/60th 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°13’8″ N 103°2’60” W, 2223.4 ft

Canyon Walls – Big Bend National Park, Texas

One of my favorite spots to photograph in Big Bend National Park is Santa Elena Canyon, a spectacular channel cut deep into the bedrock of the Chihuahuan Desert. The canyon walls rise over 1800 feet from the desert floor to overlook the Rio Grande and our southern border with Mexico.

Canyon Walls

Canyon Walls – 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 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/16 for 1/20th 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°9’58” N 103°36’39” W, 2173 ft

Mule Ears Up Close – Big Bend National Park, Texas

Many of the best subjects in Big Bend National Park require the use of a wide angle lens but some, like Mule Ears, require a good hike, a telephoto lens or both. Whichever you choose, the view is definitely worth the extra effort.

Mule Ears Up Close

Mule Ears Up Close – 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 300mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f/14 for 1/80th 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°9’59” N 103°26’9″ W, 2898 ft

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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Desert Ride

Landscape photography in Texas is an endurance sport, especially for your vehicle. The best locations are far from any major cities and in many cases, far from civilization itself. Having a dependable ride like the Subaru Forester is essential to your success and your survival.

My 2010 Forester has a little over 103,000 miles on it and still runs like a champ. I’ve taken it all across Texas from Houston to Amarillo, Dallas to El Paso and Harlingen to Nacogdoches with not a single breakdown to its credit. We’ve traveled the dirt roads of Big Bend National Park, the two track trails of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the back roads of twenty different Texas State Parks and the dirt roads of over 150 Texas counties.

Man, what a ride!

Desert Ride

Desert Ride – Salt Flat, 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 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter and 2-stop, soft, graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 4.

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Hiking Grapevine Hills

Hiking Grapevine Hills

Hiking Grapevine Hills – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
EOS 5D Mark III w/ GP-E
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/14 for 1/30th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 4.

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