Texas Landscape Safari – Spring 2011

Texas Landscape Safari

We still have a few spots open for our Texas Landscape Safari workshop scheduled for April 25th – 28th, 2011 in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Now that the winter rains have returned and refilled the aquifers, the rivers and streams should be running beautifully by April and provide some wonderful shots for our attendees. Each attendee will also receive an autographed copy of my latest book, Landscapes of the Texas Plains & Canyons with detailed information on how each shot was taken.

Here’s a quick look at what we’ve scheduled for this workshop. You can click on this image to be taken directly to our Google Map for the workshop.

Spring 2011 Texas Landscape Safari

We plan to shoot at the following state parks and key locations during the three day workshop. Many of these state parks will require a hike to the best shooting locations so a good pair of hiking shoes or boots and a photo-pack to carry your gear is highly recommended.

  • Colorado Bend State Park near Lampasas (3 mile hike).
  • Wildflowers near Llano (No hike).
  • Packsaddle Mountain near Kingsland (No hike).
  • Inks Lake State Park near Llano (1 mile hike).
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area near Fredericksburg (3 mile hike).
  • Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City (2 mile hike).
  • Guadalupe River State Park near San Antonio (1 mile hike).

To register or for more information, please contact me via email using my Contact Me page.

Outstanding Bird Photography

Well, not really. But this beautiful White Ibis was out standing when I took this shot. Does anyone know why birds stand on one foot? Google it. I’ll bet you’ll be as surprised as I was.

Have a Great Weekend!

Outstanding

Outstanding – Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 7D set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 560mm, f/8 for 1/160th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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Canon Powershot G12: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Canon Powershot G12: From Snapshots to Great ShotsJeff Carlson’s latest book Canon PowerShot G12: From Snapshots to Great Shots has just been released and is available from Amazon or Peachpit Press right now.Jeff’s books contains five of my favorite landscape shots taken with Canon’s Powershot G Series cameras.

I was honored to be included in this wonderful book which contains a ton of great information for anyone wanting to take better photographs with their G10, G11 or G12 camera.

 

There are also over one hundred spectacular photographs included in this book from amateur and professional photographers across the globe and this alone makes it a “must read” for anyone owning one of these cameras.

Canon Powershot G12: From Snapshots to Great Shots

As you would expect, most of my images are featured in Chapter 7 – Landscape Photography and the shot below (taken at Palo Duro Canyon) was used as a two-page spread to open the chapter.

Canon Powershot G12: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Now that I’m done bragging, I’d really like the thank Jeff Carlson and the folks at Peachpit Press for once again including me in their projects. You folks rock!

Teal

Here’s another shot from Brazos Bend State Park taken before Christmas when the weather was a bit warmer here in southeast Texas. Enjoy!

Teal

Teal – Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 7D set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 560mm, f/7.1 for 1/320th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 using Alien Skin’s Bokeh plug-in.

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Bird Photography Tips & Tricks

For a commercial and landscape photographer, the winter season is a great time to experiment with different wildlife techniques while we impatiently wait for spring to arrive. Let me be the first to state emphatically that I’m no great wildlife photographer like Arthur Morris or Moose Peterson but I do enjoy the challenge of photographing Texas wildlife and coming away with some images that I really like.

We are truly spoiled here in Texas with an abundance of wildlife to hunt with our cameras. Brazos Bend State Park near Houston is home to more than 300 species of birds; 21 species of reptiles and amphibians, including many (large) American alligators; 17 species of mammals including bobcat, white-tailed deer, raccoon, and gray fox and even 39 species of dragonfly.

On any given afternoon or evening stroll I’ve been known to shoot up to 300 images in less than two hours. In fact, in one visit last year around Christmas I shot over 600 frames of just birds including Red-Shouldered Hawks, Red-Tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Moorhens, Wood Ducks, Whistling Ducks, Gadwalls, Blue-Winged Teals and even a few Pied-billed Grebes like this little guy here. Definitely a target rich environment!

Pied-Billed Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebe – Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 7D set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 560mm, f/5.6 for 1/800th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.
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Bird Photography Tips & Tricks

  • Use a shallow depth of field (DOF) to draw the viewers eye to your subject.
  • Use a single AF point and make sure the subject’s “eyes” are tack sharp.
  • Use “center weighted averaging”, “partial” or “spot” metering modes to get your exposure correct.
  • Use “high speed continuous shooting” (burst) mode to capture all the action.
  • Take lots of shots. Keep the best 10% and delete the rest.
  • Most of all, enjoy yourself. Life is too short to spend the long winter months cooped up inside. Get out there and capture some wonderful wildlife shots.

Looking Both Ways at Brazos Bend State Park

Nothing earth shattering this Monday. Just a nice image of a beautiful Great Blue Heron taken at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas. Brazos Bend State Park is about 30 miles southwest of Houston running along the Brazos River on the southeast border of Fort Bend County.

The park is home to numerous species of birds, mammals and of course, reptiles like the american alligator and its 5000 acres are full of trails to hike and explore. For a weekend wildlife photographer like me, it’s a target rich environment to capture.

Looking Both Ways

Looking Both Ways – Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Copyright © 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 7D set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 560mm, f/5.6 for 1/1000th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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Waiting on Springtime

After a week that set record low temperatures in southeast Texas, I’m ready for a little springtime warmth and sunshine. How about you?

Springtime

Springtime – Bastrop State Park, 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 23mm, f/16 for 1/10th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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Texas Before the Blizzard

Nothing earth shattering in today’s post. Just a nice image of Texas before the blizzard to remind myself and my readers that warmer days will be here soon. A little autumn grass and sunny skies goes along way when two-thirds of the country is buried in snow and the other third is in the middle of a deep freeze.

So much for global “warming”.

BTW – Click on the image below for a really big version that’s works perfectly as your computer background or desktop image. Think warm thoughts!

Autumn Grass

Autumn Grass – Fayetteville, 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 USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/30th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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