Landscape Photography – Longhorn Cavern State Park

This is a shot I took from the rooftop of the original park headquarters at the Longhorn Cavern State Park near Burnet, Texas. This beautiful stone building was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) back in the mid 1930 s. The Civilian Conservation Corps had a real impact on Texas by constructing the state’s first park system. The CCC was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s most popular “New Deal” programs and put unemployed men to work on conservation projects throughout the United States. The second image is a shot of the incredible arches which lead visitors down to the caverns.

Rooftop Compass

Rooftop Compass at Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 10mm, f/8 for 1/2000th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Arches and Shadows

Arches & Shadows at Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 22mm, f/8 for 1/400th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Landscape Photography, Longhorn Cavern State Park

Landscape Photography – Cypress

Here’s a shot I didn’t really like until I decided to “finish” it using Photoshop CS4 and Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in filters. One of my favorite filters in Nik’s collection is called “glamour glow” and although it’s not designed for landscape work, it does a great job of adding contrast and vibrance to any image. I’ve found that this works especially well for an image with an overall green tone since it really does makes the leaves seem to glow.

My inspiration for this image can be found in Diane Varner’s wonderful Daily Walks photo-blog. Diane’s mastery at nature photography and Photoshop are really second to none and I look forward to viewing her incredible images each morning.

Cypress

Cypress at McKinney Falls State Park – Austin, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/11 for 1/30th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Landscape Photography, McKinney Falls State Park

Landscape Photography – The Road is Long…

A little nostalgia today. Does anyone out there remember when they first heard Neil Diamond’s hit “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” back in the late 60 s? Driving down this long road in central Texas brought back that song and a host of old memories.

“The road is long with
many a winding turn
That lead us to who knows where,
who knows where
But I’m strong,
strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”

The Road Is Long

The Road is Long – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/11 for 1/125th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Landscape Photography, Neil Diamond

Nature Photography – Swirl

Just a quick (prescheduled since I’m out shooting) post with an image I took a few weeks ago and couldn’t decide what to do with. I love the color of the water and the rocks and the way the water swirled in the little pool. I’m just not sure what story this image tells, if any.

So here’s the thing. You get to tell the story in the comments while I’m out in the blazing heat and awful humidity of the East Texas Piney Woods. I know you’re out there lurking Mark, Ray, Jaime, Michael & Terry. Tell me why this shot works or why it doesn’t. Tell me what you “feel” when you look at it. (sidebar: a little alcohol helps). Let me have it with both barrels!

And have a great weekend!

Swirl

Swirl – Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/16 for 1.6 seconds using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter. Shot at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

You can also find a 1200 x 800 version of this image and many others on my Flickr site.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Nature Photography, Pedernales Falls State Park

Landscape Photography – Reflections in Black & White

Thanks everyone for those great comments on Saturday’s post. I appreciate all my friends taking up the slack while I was out in the heat.

When I wander the back roads of Texas I seldom know exactly what I’m looking for until I see it. I may drive hundreds of miles (as I did in the past few days) in search of some allusive subject or location to photograph. More and more I find myself searching for a subject that speaks to me of peace and quiet, both of which are in short demand these days. This still little spring fed lake in the Angelina National Forest of East Texas fit the bill perfectly!

Reflection in Black & White

Reflection – Angelina National Forest, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 25mm, f/16 for 1/15th of a second using a Singh-Ray 3-Stop/Soft graduated neutral density filter. Shot at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Angelina National Forest, Canon, Canon 40D, Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography – Curves

Here is another image taken last month at the Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City, Texas. I’m heading back to the Texas Hill Country later this week for a few days of landscape and nature photography. It’s going to be hot with the daily highs hovering around 102F, so I’ll probably stick to shooting during the “golden hours” during sunrise and sunset.

Curves

Curves – Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas
Copyright 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 95mm, f/16 for 1.6 seconds using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter. Shot at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film and post capture processed in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Posted in Photography Tagged: Canon, Canon 40D, Landscape Photography, Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas Landscapes

Landscape Photography by Jan Kornstaedt

Jan Kornstaedt

Hamburg-based still life photographer Jan Kornstaedt works for major advertising agencies and international clients including Sony, Toyota, Lexus, Siemens, Procter & Gamble, Beiersdorf and Interbrew, among others. via Photography Blog.

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