Blogging from the WordPress IOS App

Since I’m in the middle of migrating from my 13″ MBP to a 15″ MBP, I thought I’d try out the new WordPress application for IOS 4.2 on my iPad. So here goes nothing!

Castle Peak

Castle Peak – Palo Duro 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 21mm, f/16 for 1/13th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

Click on the image above for a larger version.

A few years ago I bought a hard copy edition of Wyman Meinzer’s book Canyons of the Texas High Plains published by Texas Tech University Press in 2001. This book contains a stunning collection of the most incredible images ever taken in the canyons of the Texas panhandle. It also contains a ten page introduction by noted author and historian, Frederick J. Rathjen, covering the geological and historical significance of the Texas plains and canyon lands. For any photographer serious about exploring this region with a camera, Wyman Meinzer’s book is required reading.

My own journey into this unique region came at the intersection of two seemingly unrelated events last year; my daughter Kelly’s decision to attend Texas Tech and an invitation from noted plains photographer, Jerod Foster, to visit his old stomping grounds. With Karma like that in play, what adventurous photographer could resist?

Before I go much further, let me come clean here about something. I’m a “damn yankee”, born and raised in upstate New York and educated in the frigid outback of Michigan’s upper peninsula. Having endured years of sub-zero winters, upon graduation I took it upon myself to head as far south as possible to thaw out and to find fame and fortune in the oil business. To make a long story short, things didn’t turn out quite as expected but I did stick around long enough to marry a sweet Texas gal that bore me four beautiful daughters. Which is probably the only reason these hard working Texas folks would let me stay and photograph their gorgeous state, but I digress.

Folks that visit the Texas panhandle for this first time are generally surprised by just how vast this region really is. During my last two photographic trips to this region I put over 2500 miles on my suv just driving from Lubbock to Amarillo, to Claude, to Turkey, to Quitaque, to Silverton, to Tulia, to Happy and back to Canyon.

It’s only when you stand next to a field of wheat or cotton that stretches as far as the eye can see, that you gain a true sense of scale out here. The plains and canyons of the Texas panhandle are incredible sights to view and photograph.

Each day in the panhandle brings new sights, new weather and new photographic opportunities. It’s a place rich with geology, with history and with passion. The plains and canyons of the Texas panhandle may well be the last region of western frontier left in the country today. From the verdant plains to the deepest canyons, it’s a region like no other.

Many Thanks to WordPress

Hmmm… Just who is that gray-haired old man?

Featured on WordPress.com

Now this is a pleasant surprise. I’ve been featured twice now on WordPress.com and this time for a subject near and dear to my heart. Many thanks to the folks at WordPress for hosting my blog and for bumping up my end of the month stats.

Here’s the final image for this month. Back in the good old days of B&W film, this shot would have taken hours and hours to create in the field and in the darkroom. Using Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro, it took only minutes. And to be perfectly honest, I would never have gotten a shot with this much contrast and sharpness using my old Canon F1-N and 75-200mm FD zoom.

Ain’t technology grand!

Bastrop State Park

Bastrop State Park – Bastrop, 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 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

Click on the image above for a larger version.

View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Bastrop State Park Lake – Bastrop, Texas

New WordPress Theme for Mobile Visitors

WordPress has launched another great theme designed for readers accessing Serious Amateur Photography with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Now mobile visitors will be greeted by the updated WPtouch theme offering easy access to posts, pages, and archives. They’ll also get fancy AJAX commenting and post loading.

When mobile visitors click on a post they be able to view the entire post and the images exactly as I’ve uploaded them. Folks using Safari can give this a try on their iMacs or MacBooks by changing the User Agent setting under the Develop menu to Mobile Safari 3.0.

WordPress on the iPhone