Frio River Sunset

Speaking of beautiful Texas rivers, I’m heading for a quick weekend trip to central Texas to photograph the four main rivers that run through the Hill Country; the Nueces, the Frio, the Sabinal and the Medina rivers. All four of these small rivers eventually meet up and flow out into the Gulf of Mexico but in the dry Hill Country they are the lifeline for ranchers and farmers alike.

Central Texas Rivers

Each river has its own character but all have one thing in common; the wonderful Cypress trees lining the river banks. These majestic trees offer much needed cover for the river dwellers in the hot summer and provide a beautiful backdrop for wildlife and nature photography. Add the crystal clear waters running in these four rivers and you’ve got a great place to spend a few warm spring days.

Frio River Sunset

Frio River Sunset – Concan, Texas
Copyright © 2011 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 40mm, f/16 for 1/5th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer and two-stop, soft graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done entirely in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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4 thoughts on “Frio River Sunset

  1. Hello Jeff,
    I came upon your blog via your favourite lens, the 17 – 40 mm and found what you have to say about it very helpful.

    This view of the river today is wonderful: the way the sky and the water match each other in shape, the reflections and the light spots on the trunks on the right are all very pleasing indeed.

    My own experience with DSLR are a touch disappointing. Very likely because I have no idea how to go about treating my images in shot in Neutral with editing equipment. Nikon’s Neutral setting is supposed to need editing, but I don’t know where to start.
    I wonder if you have any before and after pictures on your blog that I might learn from. (maybe with some pointers? 🙂

    Seeing that dust on sensors terrifies me, I am tempted to buy a second hand Rebel (400D) and equip it permantently with this lens. Would that be too lowly, compared to your 5D mark II, to do justice to this wide angle lens? And finally, have you done any focus stacking with it, or is that just not necessary? I know stacking is mainly for macro, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work for landscape as well.

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