Sunset at Lighthouse Peak

Canon G10 Landscape RigI wrote a post last November about how to outfit your Canon PowerShot “G” series cameras for landscape and nature photography and I thought it might be time to update it a bit before the holiday season.

I love the resolution and detail the Canon 5D Mark II is capable of producing and for most of my commercial and landscape work it’s my camera of choice. However, like all other DSLRs the 5D2 can seem like quite a load to lug around during a serious day-hike or weekend backpack trip to the mountains of west Texas. I generally hesitate to leave my 5D2 and lens kit behind on the off chance that I’ll stumble upon a once in a lifetime photographic opportunity and won’t have by best gear along to capture it.

With the Canon Powershot “G” series cameras this fear can finally be put to bed. The resolution, sharpness and lack of barrel or pin-cushion distortion offered by the G10/G11/G12 cameras make them ideal for landscape work when used with the Lensmate filter adapter shown above. Add a custom designed aluminum L-Plate from Really Right Stuff to the “G” series outstanding materials of construction and you’ve got a sturdy but lightweight rig that any landscape photographer would be proud to carry.

With results like this, taken from the Lighthouse Peak mesa in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, it’s hard to justify carrying around the extra weight of a full-size DSLR when hiking.

Sunset at Lighthouse Peak

Sunset at Lighthouse Peak – Palo Duro Canyon, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon Powershot G10 set on aperture priority (Av) using a circular polarizer. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/6.3 for 1/50th of a second at ISO 80. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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4 thoughts on “Sunset at Lighthouse Peak

  1. Bold of you to be out there at sunset (now that I’ve made the hike and know where you were standing). With sunset at 6:11, we felt we needed to start back by 4:30, I didn’t have a GPS (just my trusty iPhone with AccuTerra, which worked great even with no cell coverage). So we were off the ledge before the time this great shot of yours was taken.

    • Glenn,

      We climbed down at before full dark and hiked back under the moonlight. We broke out our LED torches around 8:00 PM and arrived back at the car around 9:30 PM. Then we drove into Amarillo for a steak dinner and few beers. It doesn’t get much better than that!


  2. Great photos of Sunset at Lighthouse Peak – Palo Duro Canyon, Texas. We loved photo mountain views. We are planning a trip and stay at one of the cabins this winter. We look forward to photographing the varios rock formations. Thanks so much for sharing and inpiring us to go there.

    • Bill & Jerri,

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words. Be careful if you decide to climb to Lighthouse and Castle Peak. The very steep trail has all but washed away and it’s a 150 foot climb straight up the wash. Bring 50 foot of climbing rope if you dare to climb.


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