Exploring Pedernales Falls

I spent most of last weekend doing a little one-on-one coaching at Pedernales Falls State Park (pronounced per-din-alleys) near Johnson City. This section of the Pedernales River runs through one of the most prominent uplift regions of the Edwards Plateau resulting in stair-step waterfalls running for over a mile.

It’s a beautiful area with hundreds of photographic opportunities for both the early morning and late afternoon hours. The geology is spectacular as you can see in this image and the swiftly running water makes a gorgeous subject set against the limestone and granite cliffs. This is one of my favorite spots in all Texas and a place we explore for hours during the Texas Landscape Safari each spring and fall.

Pedernales River

Pedernales River – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on manual (M) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod-mounted using a Singh-Ray Vari-ND-Duo neutral density filter. The exposure was taken at 45mm, f/11 for 2 seconds at ISO 100. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta. Click on the image above for a larger version.

5 thoughts on “Exploring Pedernales Falls

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  2. Really beautiful photos. I like your portrait of the redhead. The Perdernales shot shows the geology really well. I do like the ability to enlarge the photos. I see things I would not ordinarily see without the enlargement.

    • Thanks Jack.

      The Pedernales is an incredibly diverse river near Johnson City. It ranges from a placid dark blue to a rushing bright green as you can see in this image. I’ve asked several Geologist friends but no one has offered a good explanation yet. Makes for a wonderful photograph.


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