The Spring 2010 Texas Landscape Safari Was Great!

Many thanks to the folks that made this spring’s Texas Landscape Safari such a blast. Everyone at this week’s workshop was a real trouper. We hiked over 15 miles (best estimate) up and down some of the steepest grades in state to capture some magnificent Texas landscapes.

This shot below was taken looking directly upstream from the lower portion of Pedernales Falls near Johnson City. We had almost no clouds until after dinner, so we made a mad dash to the falls before the sky and clouds disappeared on us. It’s nice to get lucky every now and again.

Sunset at the Falls

Sunset at the Falls – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 19mm, f/16 for 6 seconds at ISO 50 using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter and an LB warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

6 thoughts on “The Spring 2010 Texas Landscape Safari Was Great!

  1. Thanks Jeff for a great trip!

    My wife loved hiking around while I shot photos on Jeff’s most recent Texas Landscape Safari. Jeff is the perfect blend of being an amazing resource of knowledge about shooting locations in the Hill Country, a great teacher in sharing the expert techniques to capture them, and a taskmaster in getting the group to the right spots at the right time (including meals and sleep, the hiking was fun but tough). We really, really enjoyed this trip. Thanks to the locations, but more importantly to Jeff’s tutoring, I have some great landscape photos. Even the early morning drives down country roads strewn with bluebonnets was enjoyable. We have now seen Texas, where I’ve lived for 25 years, in ways we never have before. Frankly the photos, no matter how good they are, just don’t do this part of Texas justice.

    I can’t recommend Jeff and this trip enough – everyone should sign up and go. Just be prepared to work for your photos with the hiking and early mornings, it’s more than worth it.

    As an aside: Jeff has post on the importance of a good – light – tripod. He isn’t wrong. I have already ordered by Gitzo Traveler and Really Right Stuff ball head. My heavy Manfrotto will stay at home on the next trip.

    Now if there was a Starbucks at the start of the hike down to Gorman Falls……

    • Glenn,

      Wow! What a review. (Where do I send the check?)

      Honestly, the pleasure was all mine. I love to shoot in the Hill Country and there’s nothing better than shooting with your friends, both old and new. And what Glenn fails to mention is the fact that his lovely wife hiked faster and farther than any of us old farts lugging around our cameras and tripods. Best back-country photo-scout I’ve seen in years!

      According to my GPS, we covered over 300 miles in our vehicles and hiked over 10 miles in distance and over 1000 feet in elevation. My best estimate (SWAG) is that we took over 1200 shots in those three days in the field. We photographed two of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state and one of the most unique geological uplifts in the nation. I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days in the country!


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