Open Sky

Happy Monday Morning! If you’re anything like me the thought of facing Monday mornings falls somewhere between having your wisdom teeth removed and paying your monthly bills.

So here’s a shot I took while hiking Hill Country State Natural Area with my oldest friend in the world (and the god-father of my first daughter), Jack Alberts. Jack reminded me a few weeks ago that I’d unintentionally slighted him in the introduction of my first book, Hill Country Landscapes, by neglecting to mention his part in my photographic exploits last fall.

To set the record straight, Jack was the “driving force” (inside joke) behind many of the best shots presented in my book and when I say he is “my oldest friend”, I’m being quite literal. If it weren’t for Jack I’d never have hiked straight up the 400 foot face at Garner State Park, gotten some truly wonderful shots and then spent the next several hours finding a safer route down. My ego just couldn’t let a friend fifteen years my senior, leave me in the dust of his well worn and taped (another inside joke) hiking boots.

I also would never have gotten this shot, taken at the trail-head of Cougar Canyon on a hot, autumn afternoon. So to my oldest and dearest friend, here’s to you Jack!

Open Sky

Open Sky – Bandera, Texas
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-104mm f/4L IS USM lens hand-held. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/8 for 1/125th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

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