Llano is known for good barbecue and for its fields of wildflowers. People flock to the area when the flowers bloom in early spring. I decided to drive to Llano this week to see if there were any opportunities to photograph the fields of color. Unfortunately the flowers were sporadic but I did stop at the Llano dam to photograph the Llano Spillway near the Highway 16 bridge.
The spillway spans the entire width of the Llano river but this small area was the most interesting. I wanted to test my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens since I will be using it on an upcoming trip so I attached the lens to my camera and set out to photograph the spillway. Unfortunately, the lens is built in such a way that I could not attach any filters. I had to choose the smallest aperture (f/22) in order to slow the water down to obtain the “silky water” effect. I gave up a bit of sharpness by going to the extreme but overall I’m pleased with the outcome.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/22, shutter speed at 1/2 second and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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