Landscape Photography – The View from the Top

Here’s a shot taken earlier this week during the Texas Landscape Safari at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg, Texas. Enchanted Rock is a huge granite dome that rises 425 feet above the ground, or about 1800 feet above sea level. This incredibly huge “batholith” (Google it) covers 640 acres making it one of the largest rock formations uncovered by erosion in the United States. And yes, the climb to the top is as steep as it looks but well worth the effort!

Early Morning Climb

Early Morning Climb – Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 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/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/13 for 1/15th of a second using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer and 4-stop graduated neutral density filter at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

6 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – The View from the Top

  1. I love the interplay of multiple ‘horizons’ (although I’m not sure that’s the right term). And, indeed your skies are wonderful (Texas as seen through your eyes is much more beautiful than I had thought).

    But I have a question.

    You used a 4-stop ND filter and shot at f/13 for 1/15th of a second. Obviously you could have not used the ND filter and shot at 1/250th of a second and kept your ISO and f-stop.

    I hope my math is right.

    But what gain by using the ND filter?

    • Chris,

      I used a 4-stop “graduated” ND filter to help even out the exposure difference between the (foreground) rocks and trees and the (background) sky. Without an ND-Grad the sky would have been completely blown out.


    • Thanks Michael,

      In Texas, we are blessed with abundant sunshine and some of the most beautiful skies in the world. The women are mighty fine looking as well!


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