Landscape Photography – Those Texas Clouds

Here’s another shot taken in the Texas Hill Country showing those wonderful clouds. We don’t get many spring days nicer than this!

Those Texas Clouds

Those Texas Clouds
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 12mm, f/18 for 1/80th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.
 
The image above was taken using a 3-Stop/Soft rectangular Singh-Ray Graduated Neutral Density Filter held in place in front of the lens using a Cokin “P” Series Filter Holder.

If you’re really interested in some incredible cloud shots take a look at Laurie Excell’s latest “Storm Chase Safari” posts. Laurie’s an incredible photographer and a real adventurer at heart. You’ll never catch me driving that close to a tornado!

Storm Chase Safari Day 1…Positioning Day

Storm Chase Safari Day 2

Storm Chase Safari Day 3

Storm Chase Safari Day 4

5 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Those Texas Clouds

  1. No problem, mate; I find the whole DLA thing funny, as you can follow the threads in dpr.

    Besides that, I found your reply to me very illustrative in regards of the issue.

    Cheers

  2. Hi Jeff

    I saw the f18 in the data accompanying the picture, and as I know that you visit the xxD forum in dpreview, couldn’t help it but make a joke about diffraction limit.

    The topic has been discussed so many times in dpr; I agree with you but, you know; in dpr there are people that DO pixel peeping.

    Keep the god work

    Saludos

    • Jaime,

      Forgive an old fart for flying off the handle. I didn’t mean to unload my frustrations with pixel peepers on you. I just wish folks on the dpreview forums would spend more time learning to enjoy photography rather than moaning and groaning about each new camera. Like every other camera I’ve ever owned, there are things I love about the 50D and things I hate about it, but I certainly won’t let that stop me from using the camera to it’s fullest potential.

      Cheers!

      Jeff

  3. Nice picture!

    It shows great colors, I like the contrast of the blue against the green.

    Did you use any filter or something? At first I thought that you had done some HDR treatment to the picture…

    And I see that you’ve set f/18; you are not afraid of all this ‘diffraction limit’ thing, are you 🙂 ?

    Cheers

    • Hey Jaime,

      The image above was taken using a 3-Stop/Soft rectangular Singh-Ray Graduated Neutral Density Filter held in place in front of the lens using a Cokin “P” Series Filter Holder.

      My understanding of the diffraction limiting aperture (DLA) for a CMOS sensor is that it’s a mathematical calculation approximating the aperture where diffraction starts affecting image sharpness when viewed on-screen at 100% crop (pixel peeping). Since I almost never display my images on-screen at 100% crop (full scale), I highly doubt that this limitation exists in the real world. I also doubt that the loss in sharpness caused by diffraction is anywhere near the loss of sharpness caused by other factors like the use of filters, haze in the air, angle of the light, etc.

      I’m not going to limit my use of aperture to control depth of field and focus just to satisfy some theoretical limit. I’m sure this will get me flamed but in my (not so) humble opinion, this DLA stuff is pure hogwash!

      Jeff

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