Just another hiking expedition to the trails along the North Fork San Gabriel river in central Texas. We received some rain and I had hoped that the river would have a bit more water in it, but it was about the same. I enjoyed some hiking anyway and carried around the camera with only a small 35mm lens attached to limit the weight. 35mm is about midway between wide and normal and a good focal length for landscape shots. Below are some fence posts and a cactus along the bank of the river that I thought made a good photo.
Carrying around just a lens with a specific focal length does make you stop and consider more carefully what you are shooting and where you stand. I tried several different vantage points for the shot of the trail below. I wanted the trail to curve off toward the center of the background and I wanted the big oak tree about mid distance in the photo. I probably walked around 5 minutes thinking about this photo and considering the shady area in the foreground.
Below is another trail in the tall grass that I thought looked good in the afternoon sunlight. The final picture is a bit off center and I clipped the top of the oak tree.
As it was getting close to sunset, I turned my attention to some brightly lit rocks on the opposite shore from the setting sun. The low light and still water puts a lot of texture in the rocks and their reflections. You almost can’t tell where the rocks end and the water begins.
I also worked on getting some sun flare through the trees. You can enhance the flare by stopping the lens aperture down and that’s what I did shooting this at f/14. It is a merge of 3 images that I shot in rapid succession by setting my camera to bracketing and continuous shooting. The sun flare have multiple lines in them from passing though all of the tree branches I suppose.
As you can see, there was no point in hanging out for a post sunset cloud show. Thanks for reading.