Texas Plains

Here’s another shot of the panhandle region made famous by the State Photographer of Texas, Wyman Meinzer* and my friend Jerod Foster**. These humble gentlemen are two of the best landscape and nature photographers in our great state.

The panhandle is an incredible place to visit. With views like this it’s easy to understand why natives thought the planet was flat centuries ago. Standing on this long stretch of country road you can see fields that go on for miles and miles in every direction. They look pretty nice in black & white too. 🙂

* Wyman Meinzer has been photographing Texas for over 30 years. He has published numerous books of his incredible images, working with famous Texas writers like John Graves and poet Walt McDonald. I dare say, Wyman has been the inspiration for hundreds of Texas photographers over the years and is teaching the next generation at Texas Tech in Lubbock.

** Jerod Foster is the “Strobist” of the Texas Panhandle. This will embarrass him to no end, but Jerod is an incredibly talented young photographer. His commercial work takes him around the state and around the country. His “Field Lighting” articles are among the best real-world examples of on-location lighting on the web today.

Texas Plains

Texas Plains – Silverton, 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 21mm, f/16 for 1/100th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.

Click on the image above for a larger version.

View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Texas Plains – Silverton, Texas

Nik’s Silver Efex Pro Now Compatible with Lightroom

Silver Efex ProThe folks at Nik Software sure have been busy! They announced Wednesday that Silver Efex Pro, their popular Black and White conversion filter is now available for Lightroom 2 and that the update is free to current owners.

Silver Efex Pro installs as a plug-in filter for Lightroom 2 and is accessible from the Photo>Edit In… menu. Edits made using the plug-in within Lightroom are non-destructive in nature, and are applied automatically to a newly generated TIFF and not the original RAW file.

Nik Software also said that they plan to make all their other Photoshop plug-ins including Dfine and Sharpener Pro compatible with Lightroom later this year. Good news for those of us using these wonderful plug-ins!

Using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro!

We had really great weather last weekend and Sunday after church I decided to drive out west of Houston to a little town called Columbus which sits right near the Colorado river. It’s a little like stepping back in time a hundred years. The beautiful stone work of City Hall sits at the center of this sleepy little town and you can hear the trains coming and going all times of the day and night.

Here is another image taken last Sunday and processed using Photoshop Elements and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro filter. Josh Bradley turned me on to Nik’s plug-ins for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and though they are a wee bit expensive, the value they provide is exceptional. This image was exported from Lightroom into Photoshop Elements and converted into this old fashioned style in only a few seconds.

Train's a Coming

Train’s a Coming
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D hand-held, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 30mm, f/16 for 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and in Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Leading By Example

This is exactly what Josh Bradley does in his new book The Official Nik Software Image Enhancement Guide. Throughout the book you’ll find beautiful and inspiring images shot by Josh and enhanced by Nik Software’s five tremendous filters for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements; Dfine 2.0, Viveza, Sharpener Pro 2.0, Color Efex Pro 3.0 and Silver Efex Pro. Josh uses his vast experience in photography to not only teach us about Nik Software’s products but also to inspire us to use these products to improve our own images. 

Each chapter covers a different filter in detail with real-world examples demonstrating how to use the product to create stunning visual effects in our own work. Josh explains things in simple, down-to-earth language that will resonate with photographers worldwide, whether professional or amateur. It’s like you’re standing next to Josh and he’s explaining it just as he would to a friend or colleague. It’s this style of writing along with the incredible images included in the book that make it a winner for me.

Another great feature of this book is that it comes with a CD-ROM that includes trial versions of all Nik Software’s products along with the images used in the book. For a photographer, there’s nothing better than learning by doing and Josh’s book makes it easy.