Palo Duro Canyon in Fall

It’s been a very busy week already and I’m amazed at the hundreds of email messages that seem to stack up when I’m out of town and out of touch. My week long adventure in the Texas panhandle recharged my spirits considerably and the majesty of these beautiful canyons refreshed my soul even more. Better than chicken soup on a cold October afternoon.

Here’s a shot (sorry Sabrina) photograph that I took deep inside Palo Duro Canyon State Park while waiting for the haze to lift and the sky to clear. A little black & white to add some contrast to your day!

Palo Duro Canyon in Fall

Palo Duro Canyon in Fall – Canyon, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 97mm, f/16 for 1/15th 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 plug-in.

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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Palo Duro Canyon in Fall – Canyon, Texas

7 thoughts on “Palo Duro Canyon in Fall

  1. Jeff,

    Hard to say what we’ll be doing in May or June at this point, but we’d definitely be interested in visiting another great Texas State Park or two.

    I’m envious of your clouds – my shots are ok and Texas blue skies are great, but a cloud or two goes a long way in a landscape shot – we’re back home now and still haven’t seen a cloud this week.

  2. Leslie and I are on the way home from visiting Palo Duro and Cap Rock Canyons. Really amazing places, especially as they sit out in the middle of the flat, cotton field covered West Texas plains. We had sunny days, but unfortunately not a single cloud to be found. We made the 6 mile round trip to Lighthouse Hill, climbed the treacherous trek to the top of the ledge facing Castle Hill and tried not to get blown off the edge. You were very right about the climb, even more tricky going down. I did learn that it won’t be repaired. The Park Ranger told me the Historical Landmark people objected to any man-made objects period, including steps. So I guess they’ll eventually either close it or wait until someone gets seriously hurt climbing it.

    It was though, quite the adventure. Especially as it was at the end of the 3 mile hike out there. Great view and worth the journey though.

    • Glenn,

      Wow, if you two were able to climb it without a top-rope, then my hat’s off to you both. Jack & I darn near killed ourselves on the way down. I’m sorry you didn’t have any clouds but I’m anxious to see your photos.

      BTW, I’m planning a trip to either Guadalupe Peak or Big Bend in late May or early June if you’re interested in joining us. We may need a good scout. 🙂

      Jeff

  3. Hi Jeff, I was just wondering if you had an archived post describing your Lightroom workflow in creating black & whites. If not, I would love for you to do one for a future post if it strikes your fancy. I never seem to get results as good as this!

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