Landscape Photography – Rocky Creek

I’ve been searching for some running water to shoot for almost six months now with very little luck. The drought we’ve seen in the Texas Hill Country for the past several years shows little sign of letting up and my Singh-Ray Vari-ND neutral density filter sits idle in my camera bag. Subjects like this beautiful rocky creek are impatiently waiting for some rain to add motion and excitement to their currently dull existence.

Rocky Creek

Rocky Creek
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM tripod-mounted. The exposure was taken at 10mm, f/11 for 1/90th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS4 using Nik Software’s Dfine, Sharpener Pro and Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

11 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Rocky Creek

  1. Jeff,

    Have you ever thought of posting a list of great Texas photo locations?

    • John,

      Texas’ state photographer, Wyman Meinzer has already published several books with the best photographic locations in the state. You can find his books on Amazon.

      Jeff

  2. I bought one used (it is the color enhancer, I think) because of their reputation for stellar performance, but then I haven’t had much chance to shoot film with that size lens, so it sorta sits there, unfortunately. That variable density would seem idea. I also lusted after their warm polarizer. Do you have any others?

    • Chris,

      Yes, I also use their graduated ND filters that fit into a Cokin P Series holder as well as their 4 x 6 graduated ND filters which I use hand-held.

      Jeff

    • Chris,

      Thanks for reading. The Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter is pretty unique and I don’t know of anyone else that makes such a neutral density filter. It sure beats buying several different ND filters and stacking them to achieve the look you want. The quality of the Singh-Ray filters is nothing less than superb. Every top notch landscape photographer I know uses Singh-Ray filters and their results speak for themselves.

      Jeff

  3. That’s a very pretty creek bottom though. I’m surprised that without much flow the water is still quite clear.

  4. Come to California. There’s no shortage of water flowing here! The Merced River in Yosemite Valley is in “flood stage”, so come on out. I’ll show you around!

    • John,

      Some day after my kids are out of college I’ll take you up on that John! Right now most of my trips are here in Texas. In fact, I’m heading to Austin on Friday to shoot the upper and lower falls at McKinney State Park. I’ve been watching the water level and there’s finally enough flow. It’s about a 2 hr drive so I’ll be leaving Sugar Land about 3:30 AM. The things we do in pursuit of the “golden hours”.

      Jeff

  5. Sorry Jeff looks like heaven to me. It is doing it’s usual thing here in the NW wish I could send you some in trade.

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