Texas Hill Country Self Portrait

Like most photographers, I’m a bit shy when it comes to standing on the other side of a camera. Few photographers have the talent of my friends Mark & Ray, both of whom create stunning self portraits. However, when the light is just right, even the most shy of landscape photographers can create a nice self portrait.

What? You were expecting me to use a soft box way up here? 😉

Hill Country Self Portrait

Hill Country Self Portrait – Fredericksburg, 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 20mm, f/16 for 1/25th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer & 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

8 thoughts on “Texas Hill Country Self Portrait

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  2. Hi Jeff. What a great photo! I love the shadows the clouds make in the frame.

    I was wondering how you used the grad ND filter in this case? If you hadn’t mentioned you used a filter I wouldn’t have been able to tell. I think grad filters are a bit like flash – they are more effective if you can’t tell that they’ve been used.

    • Spruce?

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words. Most landscape shots require a graduated neutral density filter to even out the exposure differences between the foreground, middle-ground and background. In this case the sky and clouds in the background were about 2-1/2 stops brighter than the rock in the foreground and the mountain & trees in the middle-ground. Using a 3-stop ND grad allowed me to even out the differences so that the granite dome was not too dark and white clouds were not completely blown out. Yes, I could have taken several exposures and “blended” them in PS or Photomatix, but the whole idea in landscape photography (at least for me) is to get it right “in-camera”.


  3. Well done Jeff now you have me chuckling all day as well. I call dibs on doing a portrait of you next time we are in the same place though.

  4. This is the first blog post I read this morning. It will have me smiling the whole day through as it is exactly the kind of self-portrait I would do. You are as tall to me as your shadow appears in the Texas sunshine, Jeff!

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