Here’s another shot from Buescher State Park in Smithville, Texas.

Getting this kind of shot is fairly simple but does require a sturdy tripod, a circular polarizer and a cable-release (or your camera’s self timer). The toughest part is waiting for the wind to die down enough for the water to become a perfect mirror.

This type of scene with its bright foreground, dark middle-ground and bright background can fool your camera’s meter so you may want to bracket your exposures. I tend to underexpose this type of shot about 1/2 stop to help saturate the colors.

You may also want to try several different compositions for a shot like this. I prefer to show more foreground when the clouds are less pronounced and more background (sky) when the clouds are really dramatic. Try both compositions and see what “feels” right to you.

And don’t forget to enjoy what you’re shooting. Take a few minutes and just watch the clouds reflecting in the smooth water. Relax and enjoy the serenity.


Serenity – Smithville, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II 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 1/13th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Buescher Lake – Smithville, Texas