Pedernales Falls Sunset

Pedernales Falls State Park is one of my favorite spots in all of Texas. Its unique geological structure, colorful foliage and shear size make it a target rich environment for landscape photographers. You could spend weeks exploring each tier of the falls and never see the same thing two days in a row. The water level varies greatly depending upon how much rainfall the area has gotten and this section of the river is prone to flash floods.

My favorite times of year to visit is in the early spring and the late fall when the sunrise and sunset are aligned with the top of the falls. As you can see in this image, the clouds at sunset can be spectacular.

Pedernales Falls at Sunset

Pedernales Falls at Sunset – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/16 for 1/2 second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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5 thoughts on “Pedernales Falls Sunset

  1. Great photo Jeff! I had a question though… How come you usually take all your landscape pictures in f/16. better sharpness?

    • Benjamin,

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words. I shoot most wide-angle landscape shots with my full-frame 5D2 at f/16 to control depth of field, reduce vignetting and improve corner sharpness. I found that the 5D2’s full-frame sensor “narrowed” the DOF in my ultra-wide-angle shots so much that the entire landscape scene was not in prefect focus. I found the same thing shooting environmental (wide-angle) portraits at f/5.6 where the subjects left eye would be in focus but the right eye would be “soft”. Today I shoot most environmental portraits at f/7.1 or f/8 and most landscape shots at f/11 or f/16 with my 5D2.


  2. Beautiful photo, Jeff. Pedernales Falls is one of my favorites also. Seems like
    there is always something new to see.

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