High Noon in Palo Duro Canyon

This image violates more time honored photography rules than you can shake a stick at, including the “golden hours” rule, the “rule of thirds” and the unwritten rule that you shouldn’t show any man-made artifacts in a landscape shot. Me, I’ve never liked any of those rules and in general, I thumb my nose at critics that won’t consider an image that doesn’t “play by the rules” of landscape photography. Photography is about light and creativity, nothing else! If you have good light and a subject that has a story to tell, nothing else really matters.

I must have driven by this spot on the western rim of Palo Duro Canyon ten times before finally pulling over to the side of the road and getting out my camera and tripod. I couldn’t explain why I’d pulled over to myself let alone to Jack, but I just knew I had to take the shot. It’s that little voice in the back of your mind that comes alive when you look at a scene and can’t leave until you’ve captured the image.

Over the years I’ve learned to trust that little voice much to the dismay of those riding in the car with me. I’m apt to ignore speed limits, sharp turns and deep ditches when that little voice says “Oh Man, Look at That!”. I’m sure this will be the death of me someday but for now, that little voice is my photographic guide, mentor and editor.

High Noon

High Noon in Palo Duro Canyon – Canyon, 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 19mm, f/16 for 1/50th 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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7 thoughts on “High Noon in Palo Duro Canyon

  1. One wise photographer recently told me that the only rule he has is that there are no rules. When I look at this, I know he’s right. That clear blue sky feels so warm especially looking at it from here in the cold, grey Pacific Northwest.

    • Derrick,

      I could spend a year wandering through the canyons with a camera. Luckily my 2nd daughter is still a freshman so I have a great excuse to visit often.


      • Indeed!! I’ve got some images to sort through from a quick trip to Caprock last weekend – gotta get through all of my Big Bend stuff first….

        Are you able to convince her to join you on your photo trips to the canyons?

  2. Rules schmules. It’s a great shot with a strong foreground, leading lines, opposing angles, a vanishing point and complimentary colors (more rules) . Keep listening to that little voice, Jeff.

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