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 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.

10 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Cypress

  1. Really terrific shot, Jeff. Glamour Glow is really a very handy filter and I love the look it brings to non-portrait images.

    For instance, yesterday I used Viveza and Silver Efex Pro on a recent image of my Vizsla dog, then after a trip through Snap Art 2 from Alien Skin to give it a “pencil sketch” look, went back to Color Efex Pro – Glamour Glow to add back some reddish into the B&W.

    A long and weird journey, but I dug the results:

    Kevin (from Nik Software)

    • Kevin,

      Thanks again for reading and for your comments. I’m a typical lazy photographer and use your suite to streamline my workflow. Yes, CS4 is great but I’ll take a quick and dirty “glamour glow” or “pro contrast” fix any day of the week. Dfine absolutely rocks. This beats every other selective noise reduction workflow I’ve used. It’s great that all your stuff can work within PS and LR seamlessly.

      BTW – Very cool effect!


  2. Such vibrancy in the colors. Beautiful image. I have to look into the Nik plug-ins. I have heard and seen some excellent reviews and results.

    • Hey Ed,

      The Nik filters can really save time and effort in fishing your images. Their “u-point” selective technology is killer!


  3. I can vouch for Diane, too.
    I like how the glow is created in the photo. I often find that using filters and settings meant for other things can give interesting effects in photos.
    This was a good one to use the filter on.

  4. Very nice picture.

    I like the colors, and the overall feeling of peace of this particular place.

    Charming composition, looking at the picture I wish I could spend I while there.


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