Desert Ride

Landscape photography in Texas is an endurance sport, especially for your vehicle. The best locations are far from any major cities and in many cases, far from civilization itself. Having a dependable ride like the Subaru Forester is essential to your success and your survival.

My 2010 Forester has a little over 103,000 miles on it and still runs like a champ. I’ve taken it all across Texas from Houston to Amarillo, Dallas to El Paso and Harlingen to Nacogdoches with not a single breakdown to its credit. We’ve traveled the dirt roads of Big Bend National Park, the two track trails of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the back roads of twenty different Texas State Parks and the dirt roads of over 150 Texas counties.

Man, what a ride!

Desert Ride

Desert Ride – Salt Flat, Texas
Copyright © 2013 Jeff Lynch Photography
EOS 5D Mark III w/ GP-E
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with GP-E2 unit attached, set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter and 2-stop, soft, graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 4.

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The Spring 2011 Texas Landscape Safari Recap

Texas Landscape Safari

What a great group of photographers to teach, travel and shoot with!

Here are a few statistics to recap this year’s outing. 17 people each traveled over 300 miles in 3 days to photograph four different and unique state parks working on average 12 hours each day to capture literally thousands of great landscape shots.

Enchanted Rock Classroom

Josh’s Enchanted Rock Classroom – Llano, 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 32mm, f/4 for 1/250th of a second at ISO 80. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.
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Oh, we got scattered a few times but all ended up enjoying some great Texas weather during our three day safari with lots of sunshine, a few clouds but no rain in sight. Gorman creek was running over the falls near Bend, Tx. The mighty Colorado was low but still running as were both the Pedernales and Guadalupe rivers. The heights of Enchanted Rock haven’t gotten any easier to climb but the sunset and clear skies made the trek worth while. As always, the rocks and water in each park called to us like bees to honey. We climbed, explored, laughed and did it all again the next day. And as is usually the case, we made made new friends from as far away as Canada and California as well as those that live closer to home.

It was my honor and a great pleasure to host this year’s Texas Landscape Safari and to get to know each and every one of you a little better. You all have a gift for capturing light and turning it into art and I learned as much as I taught. Keep in touch and remember that TLS alumni are always welcome to join us again in the future for FREE, even those that brought their iPhones. 🙂

Jeff

The Textures of the Guadalupe River

Ask any high school student where and when the best “river tubing” can be found in Texas and nine out of ten will tell you “on the Guadalupe this weekend, Dude”. Ask any landscape photographer where and when the most beautiful cypress trees can be found and they’ll tell you “on the Guadalupe River whenever the kids are back in school”. Which is one of the reasons I schedule the Texas Landscape Safari workshop for the middle of the week well after spring break!

One of my favorite riverside spots is in Guadalupe River State Park near Spring Branch, Texas. The upper Guadalupe river runs through the park in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, and in this spot is a small and fast moving stream lined with tall limestone banks and shaded by 100 year old pecan and bald cypress trees. On a quiet spring afternoon these beautiful trees offer plenty of shade and endless photographic opportunities. The combination of swiftly running water and these huge trees is a favorite subject of many Texas photographers, myself included.

Texture

Texture – Guadalupe River State Park, 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 32mm, f/7.1 for 1/2 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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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.

A Few Shots While I’m Out . . .

I’m heading out bright and early for the Texas panhandle. My daughter Kelly and I are driving from Sugar Land to Lubbock to have dinner with Jerod Foster. Kelly will be attending Texas Tech in the fall and this Sunday – Tuesday is orientation. I’ll be heading to Caprock Canyons, Tule Canyon and Palo Duro Canyon for some great hikes and (hopefully) great photography. This is my first visit to Lubbock and Amarillo and I’m looking forward to exploring the Texas Plains Trail.

Since my ability to post may be limited I thought I’d leave you with a few shots to enjoy while I’m away capturing more shots for you to enjoy. Have a great weekend and wish me luck!

Guadalupe River

Guadalupe River – Spring Branch, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/16 for 1/10th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray circular polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

On a Clear Day

On a Clear Day – Fredericksburg, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/16 for 1/10th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray circular polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Longing for Spring

Happy Friday!

Spring has finally come to central Texas and the trees are beginning to bud, the wildflowers are starting to pop and the rivers are running freely. I’m feeling that old familiar itch to get out and see the countryside.

It’s Road Trip Time!

Guadaupe River Cypress

Guadalupe River Cypress – Spring Branch, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-104mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/22 for 1/5th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

More Long Exposure Landcape Photography

Here is another long exposure shot taken using the Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer. The water in this part of the Guadalupe river was flowing rather slowly so all I needed was about 1/2 second exposure to create the soft, flowing effect I wanted. I generally prefer to use a warming polarizer to avoid a blue cast in my polarized images. A standard CP is OK for the sky, but it makes the water look a bit strange.

BTW – I shot this image at f/22 and honestly couldn’t find any sign of softness caused by diffraction, even when pixel peeping the 100% crop.

Guadalupe River Cypress – Spring Branch, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 32mm, f/22 for 0.4 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Guadalupe River Reflections

Happy Friday!

It’s the end of a long week of work, play and life. Here’s an image of the Guadalupe River taken in the quiet of an early Sunday morning. Looking at a scene like this, it’s easy to see the Lord’s hand at work.

Have a great weekend!

Guadalupe River Reflections

Guadalupe River Reflections, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 55mm, f/16 for 1/8th of a second using a Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Adobe Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.