Earth, Air, Fire & Water

Now that I’ve finished my new book “Landscapes of the Texas Plains & Canyons”, I can begin to share some of my latest work, the locations and photographic techniques I used along the way. The book is layout out in four sections (Earth, Air, Fire & Water) and each covers a different aspect of these magnificent canyons and endless plains.

Visiting this region for the first time, it’s hard to grasp the scale of what your are seeing and driving through. During my last two visits to the panhandle I put over 3,000 miles on my vehicle driving from Lubbock to Amarillo, to Claude, to Turkey, to Quitaque, to Silverton, to Tulia, to Happy and to Canyon.

Only when you stand in the deep red dirt (as fine as talcum) of the canyon floor and gaze up at the canyon walls towering above you, do you get a clear picture of just how “big” this place really is. Imagine what Francisco de Vasquez Coronado must have felt like, those hundreds of years ago, when he came upon this fortress-like cliff face. Too steep for his horses and wagons to climb and too far to turn back and find a more navigable route to the other side. Damn!

Fortress Cliff

Fortress Cliff – Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using a TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/18 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: Fortress Cliff – Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas

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