Life Abounds

I’m always amazed as I wander through the Hill Country, just how tenacious life is in the most rugged of places. This is especially true in the spring when Texas wildflowers begin to bloom. Life Abounds!

Life Abounds

Life Abounds – Fredericksburg, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/16 for 3.2 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

How To Get This Type of Shot

  • As with most landscape shots, the trick is to use a very steady tripod to eliminate as much camera shake as possible. This is especially true with any exposure over 1 second.
  • Another tip is to make sure your camera’s long exposure noise reduction feature is turned on. Low light situations and long exposures can create a lot of digital noise and your camera’s long exposure noise reduction feature should eliminate almost all of it.
  • Finally, it’s important to add back a little warmth to this type of image, shot in full shade after sunset. Adjusting your white balance slightly warmer in Adobe Lightroom is a great way to add some “zing” to your landscape images.

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