The Long & Winding Road

It’s been a wet and rainy few weeks here in southeast Texas, something that we rarely get to experience with our 300+ days of sunshine each year. Time to work around the house, pay the bills, read a good eBook and generally go into stasis until the weather improves. I have no idea how my friends in the Pacific Northwest deal with this. The thought of year-round rain is enough to send me over the edge.

But then I begin to think in black & white, remembering my beginnings in this craft and how much simpler life was when your toughest choice was Pan-X, Plus-X or Tri-X. Photography (and life in general) was simpler back then. We bought a few rolls of film, shot a few frames and developed & enlarged our own work in the darkroom. Hours spent elbows deep in sodium thiosulfate (fixer), wet printing our negatives because we were too impatient to let them dry. Dodging and burning in each print until we got just the right “look”. Ah, the good life!

Honestly folks, I wouldn’t go back to shooting film and doing my own “wet work” for all the tea in China. Using Lightroom 3 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro saves me time, money and my sanity. What used to take hours and hours in the darkroom now takes only a few minutes in Lightroom. Need a wee bit more overall contrast? Click, Click. No problem! Want to see what a orange filter would have added to the scene? Click, Click. Go for it! Want to throw it all away and start over with a fresh perspective? Create a virtual copy and let her rip!

Nope. I’m perfectly content living in the 21st century. I’m sure Ansel wouldn’t fully approve but then again, maybe he would!

Long & Winding Road

Long & Winding Road – Canyon, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/16 for 1/10th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 and Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.

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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Long & Winding Road – Canyon, Texas

9 thoughts on “The Long & Winding Road

  1. Just so you know it isn’t year round rain, we just try to schedule it for when folks visit so they won’t move here. 🙂
    I am in full agreement about going back to darkroom work Jeff.

    • It’s working Ray. They’re all moving to Texas. At the rate we’re going Texas will double its population in 10 years. At that point in time, we’ll annex Oklahoma, Louisiana & New Mexico so I have more places to photograph “in Texas” as time goes on. We might have to sell off Louisiana once we’ve eaten all their crawfish gumbo and moved the Mardi Gras back to Galveston. 🙂

      Jeff

  2. Hi Jeff,

    I have been reading your blog daily for quite sometime, but this is my first time leaving a comment. Just want to let you know that I love your work.

    I recently downloaded the 15-day trial version of Nik’s Silver Efex Pro, and I was amazed at the results and how easy it was to use. I think I will just bite the bullet and purchase the full version.

    • Franklin,

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words. I do love Silver Efex Pro for the time it saves me and for the well “zoned” output it provides.If you are familiar with Ansel Adams’ “Natural Light Photography” book, you’ll know what I mean.

      Jeff

  3. Ah… my darkroom… now its history. Sometimes I miss it… but not for long. I couldn’t agree with you more Jeff. Very nice image of the Long and Winding Road and beautifully processed.

    BTW: I think I still have a couple rolls of Tri-X around somewhere. 🙂

    Larry

  4. I am so content with LR3’s b&w abilities (along with the numerous plugins) that I have forgotten about Nik. I will say it again, you make the best skies of anyone I know.

    Its raining this morning again and if I might suggest a book: The Tiger by John Vaillant.

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