I mentioned recently that I went on a scouting trip with one of my photography friends to Pedernales Falls State Park. I posted a photograph taken during that trip on June 12th titled Pedernales Falls. Since then, I have been watching the weather forecast and I have been keeping my eye out for an evening with great clouds so I could photograph the waterfalls. That day was last Sunday night! I packed up my gear and headed to the Park. As I was driving to the Park I noticed that there was a small thunderstorm that was building in the West. I could tell based on its position that it was going to be a perfect night for photography. Mother nature did not let me down. It was one of the best skies I have seen in quite some time and I was able to capture a few shots with great skies. I sure am glad that I went.
The Pedernales River flows through Pedernales Falls State Park and is a tributary to the Colorado River that feeds Lake Travis and eventually flows through downtown Austin. Recent rains have made the falls a much bigger attraction. I was there a few weeks ago when the weather was rushing through the falls. Before 1970, the Park was a working ranch, known as the Circle Bar Ranch. The state of Texas purchased the land for the park in 1970, and the park opened to the public in 1971. I highly recommend visiting the Park if you are in the area.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/22, shutter speed at 1/50th of a second and the ISO set at 100. I used 5 bracketed images (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2) and brought them together into one HDR image using Lightroom. I completed the editing process in Photoshop and Nik Color Efex Pro.
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