Landscape Photography – Go the Extra Mile!

This past week has been one of the most personally rewarding time periods for me in the past two years.

Those of you that have followed my blog for some time probably know that in March 2007 I came down with an inexplicable and still undiagnosed neurological disorder that left me in almost constant pain with muscle spasms and cramps in my lower back and legs. I spent the better part of 2007 in and out of the hospital, seeing specialists and being tested for everything from AIDS to Cancer to MS. I’ve had multiple MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, myelograms and neurological tests (most of which where extremely painful – think Taser and you’ll be close). My condition is still undiagnosed although I have medication to help control the muscle spasms and pain. Its taken me the better part of two years to recover my strength and more importantly, my self confidence.

Before all this I was a seven handicap golfer that played 2 – 3 times per week. Giving up golf allowed me the opportunity to rekindle my love for photography, a career I had given up in the late 70’s. I began this blog a little over a year ago to help me focus my craft, limber up some creative muscles that had lain dormant for far too long and most importantly to help me regain a measure of confidence that when God closes one door, he always opens another, if we have the courage to walk through it.

Earlier this week I was able to photograph some of the most beautiful areas of central Texas ever seen. I visited locations that a year ago would have been impossible for me to get to in my condition. I went well beyond what I ever thought possible carrying my camera, lenses and tripod. I hiked miles under the scorching Texas sun, climbed up and down shear rock faces to get the perfect angle and spent hours waiting for just the right light. I know I didn’t walk this path alone and many times felt the Lord’s strong arms helping me when my strength just wasn’t enough.

I hope that the images I share with you all in the coming weeks will refresh you, inspire you and help you along your journey to becoming the great photographers that I know you all are! And I thank each and every one of you for allowing me to share my journey with you.

Rought Terrain

Rough Terrain – Inks Lake 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 hand-held. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/8 for 1/400th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro plug-in filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

10 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Go the Extra Mile!

  1. It’s really good to see such a success story, Jeff! Congratulations on that accomplishment; it’s a huge one! Photography is so interesting: sometimes taking a good photo can be as inspiring as seeing one. I sure do enjoy seeing yours!

  2. I had no idea Jeff…glad you are feeling better and are back at it. Mark Twain said “Golf is a good walk spoiled” Maybe photography walks are more to what Mark had in mind…

  3. Obviously none of us can truly appreciate the magnitude of the challenges put in front of you. We can however appreciate and share the learning from your work. Congratulations on all the achievements.

    Regards
    David

  4. Thanks for sharing your story and your photographs. Your blog is one of my favorites and I read it daily.

  5. Hi Jeff.

    I didn’t follow the blog back to March 2007; so I did know none of this.

    All I can say is that I’m happy to hear about your being able to get to places you could never have got one year ago, this is no doubt a great improvement in your health.

    And, having stopped with the golf, there you are with a good deal of wonderful pictures 🙂

    Keep the good job and I wish you the best of the lucks.

    Cheers

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