Deep Blue

Summertime has come to southeast and central Texas a bit early this year. The temperatures are already well into the 90’s with the humidity not too far behind.

Most folks would rather sit inside when the weather turns this hot and humid but for those of us with the itch to shoot, any weather is the right weather. It does help to find a deep blue lake to wade in at the end of a hot and sweaty day.

Deep Blue

Deep Blue – Bastrop, 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 22mm, f/16 for 1/5th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming circular polarizer and 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

By the way, both Buescher State Park and Bastrop State Park have small lakes stocked with fish. For you city slickers in Houston it’s a quick 90 minute drive and for you statesmen in Austin, it’s just 30 minutes away. I highly recommend both parks on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The folks at Texas Parks & Wildlife do a great job maintaining both of these wonderful spots.

Sometimes you have to wait a while for those Texas clouds to show up. 🙂

Deep Reflections

Deep Reflections – Bastrop, 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 19mm, f/16 for 0.4 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming circular polarizer and 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

6 thoughts on “Deep Blue

  1. Very pretty shots, Jeff. I love the clouds! Don’t even want to think about temps in the 90’s though! (I guess we finally hit the 60’s this afternoon.)

    • Terry,

      We went from a cold, wet winter to a hot humid summer way too fast this year. My tired old back sure does love the warm weather.

      Jeff

  2. I used to live down in the Spring/Woodlands area – and went to school in Huntsville. After living in the DFW metromess now for over 10 years, every time I go back down there in the summer and get hammered by the humidity I wonder how I ever did it back in the day…. 🙂

  3. I like these shots. Looks like we both had ‘reflecting’ thoughts…..:) Just last night I posted a shot which includes reflections in water. I like the partial frame created by the tree in the second shot.

    Quick question. Is the blue from your NF filter, or the post processing?

    • Wesley,

      The blue you see in the shot is just what it looks like in the Texas Hill Country. Once a cool front blows through and lowers the humidity, the Texas skies become a deep cobalt blue right before sunset. That’s why we love it here so much!

      Jeff

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