Landscape Photography – Bone Dry

Most of Texas is in the middle of a severe drought. The once lush vegetation of east Texas and the Rio Grande valley is dry and quickly dying. The once rapidly flowing rivers and streams of central Texas are running at all time low levels and none of the beautiful falls really exist this summer.

While much of the nation experiences a much cooler than normal summer, here in Texas the heat is scorching. We’ve had almost three months of record high average temperatures with no respite in sight. The once deep green forests around La Grange, Texas look as if autumn has already begun and the farmers’ fields look burnt to a crisp.

Friends, join me in prayer for an end to this drought, the scorching temperatures of summer and for some much needed rain. We need some relief from this bone dry weather!

Bone Dry

Bone Dry – Monument Hill State Park in La Grange, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 105mm, f/4 for 1/200th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4. Click on the image above for a larger version.

6 thoughts on “Landscape Photography – Bone Dry

  1. While much of the nation experiences a much cooler than normal summer…

    Not NJ my man. Heat, check. Humidity, check. Rain, check.

    We go it all!

  2. I was complaining about the rain making it so I’ll have to mow the yard, now I feel bad about it. Wish I could get some of this to go your way Jeff.

  3. Interesting perspective. I was reading about the difficulties of focusing a 50 f/1.2 with the Nikon D3x. Having always lived in the half-sized sensor world and regarding the big-sensors in a worshipful sort of way, I was a little surprised but then it began to make sense. Look forward to your follow-up.

    Oh, driving back to Houston from Austin on Friday, I was struck by how dry one area would be but how green another was.

  4. I totally agree……….we are in desperate need of some relief. Despite the scorching temps…… did that new 5D work for you?

    • Hey Sheldon!

      The 5DII is an incredible camera. The controls and menus are very similar to my 50D so the learning curve is minimal. The viewfinder is HUGE. There’s no other way to put it. But the biggest difference is in depth of field. Shooting wide open with this camera means very shallow depth of field so your focus point is critical. I took several different shots of this water barrel at f/4 and focused at different points around the middle. Only one shot had most of the barrel in perfect focus. On my 50D this wouldn’t be an issue since the depth of field is much greater. I noticed the difference right away.

      More to come on this topic.


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