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.

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.

Landscape Photography – The Old West

Here’s another shot I took last weekend in Goliad, Texas of the Presidio La Bahia. Walking around this old mission and fort was like stepping on the set of a John Wayne movie. The old west at it’s best!

Have a great weekend folks!

Presidio La Bahía

Presidio La Bahia – Goliad, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted with a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer attached. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/13 for 1/40th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Landscape Photography – Mission Bell

Here’s another shot taken last weekend in Goliad, Texas at the Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuñiga, a beautifully reconstructed Franciscan mission from the 1700’s. For every mission there must be a bell to call folks to worship and this is no exception.

Mission Bell

Mission Bell
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted with a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer attached. The exposure was taken at 70mm, f/11 for 1/80th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 (details below). Click on the image above for a larger version.

I decided to try a little different approach in post processing on this image. I had taken this image using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer, so not much really needed to be done in post.Mission Bell Converted from RAW I originally envisioned this shot as a black & white or duotone image and began the RAW conversion in Lightroom 2 as I normally would by correcting the exposure, adding some contrast and tweaking the luminance of the sky slightly.

The image really started to look nice with the warm details of the Mission set against the deep blue sky and white clouds as you can see here.

Using Layers for a Desaturated LookI almost stopped right here and gave up on the idea of a B&W or duotone image but then I remembered a simple little Photoshop trick that I’d learned from one of Matt Kosklowski‘s videos on Kelby Training.

I cloned the background layer and converted it to grayscale using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro plug-in filter with the “Soft Sepia” option. Then I simply set the new layer’s opacity to around 28% to give the finished imaged a warm, high contrast but desaturated look. I also lightened the bell just enough to bring out the highlights on it. This is a really simple way to add a little contrast and color to a black & white or duotone image and took about 5 minutes in Photoshop CS4.

Landscape Photography – Mission Cross

Here’s one of the first shots taken last weekend in Goliad, Texas at the Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuñiga, a beautifully reconstructed Franciscan mission from the 1700’s. A stone outside reads:

“Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora del Espiritu Santo de Zuñiga. First established at the site of La Salle’s fort on Garcitas Creek, Victoria County, Among the Coco, Cujanes, Karankawa and other indian tribes in 1722. Moved to Mission Valley, Victoria County, on the Guadalupe River among the Jaranames and Tamiques in 1826. Located on the present site in 1749 for the same indian neophytes. Secularized in 1794. Here Franciscan friars attempted to civilize and Christianize even the cannibalistic indians of the region. Erected by the State of Texas 1936.”

Mission Cross

Mission Cross
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted with a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer attached. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/8 for 1/250th 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.

Texas Hill Country Photo Safari Scouting Trip

I received a wonderful email a few days ago from a reader asking where were my favorite locations in Texas for landscape and nature photography. Since I’m right in the middle of planning a Texas Hill Country Photo Safari for the fall, I thought I’d use Google Maps to give you an idea where I’ve taken some of the shots you’ve seen on this blog.

Texas Hill Country Photo Safari

Click on the map above to view the actual Google Maps I’ve set up for this scouting trip.

Texas boasts some of the most beautiful and well maintained state parks in the country and I’ve spent many happy hours wandering them with my camera in hand. Some of my favorites are:

These are some of the locations I’ll be scouting the week of June 14th and most will be included in the Texas Hill Country Photo Safari planned for this fall. If you’re a landscape or nature photographer located here in Texas and would like to join us for this scouting trip or for the safari in the fall, just drop me an email!