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The 9 Best Landscape Photographers in Austin

The great Ansel Adams, best-known for his landscape photographs, once said, “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” All of the following Austin landscape photographers masterfully bring the focus to the natural world and instill a profound appreciation of the outdoors with their photos, just as Adams did. Take a look through these shutterbugs’ portfolios — we know you’ll be as inspired as we are.

1. Kenny Braun Photography

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Known for his landscape and fine art photography, Kenny Braun is the talent behind the recently published photography book As Far As You Can See, a celebration of the Texan landscape. He infuses a touch of nostalgia into much of his work, a subtle feeling of wistfulness in each frame. It’s almost impossible to find an Austin landscape photographer without lightning photos, but Kenny’s are special, showing off his familiarity with those big skies and his skills. His work is acclaimed for a reason — he has a stellar talent! 

2. E. Dan Klepper

A fine artist as much as a landscape photographer, E. Dan Klepper boasts incredibly thoughtful work. His photomontages show his passion in creating images, not just as the eye sees them but how his eye wants them to be seen. His minimalist touch with landscapes makes for haunting photographs, compelling the viewer to appreciate the subtlety of the subject — a windswept tree in a sandstorm, a pure bolt of lightning, voluminous clouds. Whatever he turns his lens to, art is guaranteed, and combined with his wizardry in post-processing, he offers a diverse and creative portfolio.

3 Anna Mallam of Slow Fuse 

An Austin landscape photographer as well as an urban photographer, Anna Mallam appears to love pastel skies and reflective architecture. Her photographs are subtle renditions of a scene — an elegant skyline at sunrise, grand Texas skies over gently rolling plains, and dramatic sea-meets-rugged-cliffs in Kauai. Her slightly high-dynamic range photography makes her photos vibrant while staying true to life. Using thoughtful framing and colors, Anna is a talented artist. 

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4. Nathan Hall Photography

An über-talented photographer in many genres, Nathan Hall has a stunning portfolio, but we especially appreciate his landscape and nature shots. His astrophotography makes us want to get outdoors and explore the night. Plus, his overall vision is simply beautiful, focusing on special details like flowers or grandiose rock formations with equal precision. His Instagram feed is imbued with a sense of fun with his concert photography and in-studio animal portraits. So, if you want to take a peek at an all-around cool photographer, check out Nathan’s work today!

5. Matt Smith of Hypernova

Matt Smith does something different with his landscape photography — he produces stunning composite night shots of the Milky Way. His work is somewhere between art and a dream, and we can’t get enough of it. Few things are as compelling as the pondering of the universe, and Matt’s work allows us to do just that. Both his camera and post-processing skills are top-notch. Take a look at his portfolio today and marvel at the grandeur of the night sky — all while contemplating your place in it.

6. Christopher Zebo Photography

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Looks like yesterday’s post stumped everyone. And no surprise. This place, Chalk Ridge Falls Park on the border of Salado and Belton, isn’t exactly on anyone’s radar—except locals who cram the park’s parking lot every weekend. Just a 12-minute drive from the Village of Salado, Chalk Ridge Falls is a free park open to the public that’s right where Stillhouse Hollow Lake releases the Lampasas River on its eastern side. Chalk Ridge has a swinging bridge that leads visitors from the park’s eponymous attraction (the falls) to trails that dead-end at the river bank (where people are found fishing, swimming, or reading a book under an 🏖). One of the features that attracted me most was the first photo in this series of the water hole. The limestone-lined pool reminded me of the limestone “swimming holes” in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula called “cenotes.” The turquoise glow of the water transports you to the Caribbean without the passport stamp. (Advice: Visit the park on a weekday. You’ll essentially have the place all to yourself. But even on a weekend, we floated the “cenote” all to ourselves.) —Shot on assignment for the Village of Salado.— • • • #VisitTexas #TexasToDo #shareyourtexas #livetexan #texasliving #lonestarstate #texaspride #texaslove #texasproud #texas #texasyall #texasforever #texaslife #igtexas #texas_ig #igtexas #exploretexas #instagramtexas #igtx #texasphotographer #TMwanders #dontmesswithtexas #austintx #chalkridgefalls #onlyintexas #texashillcountry #austinphotographer #traveltexas #saladotx

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Christopher Zebo is a versatile photographic artist — often working on editorial assignments, he allows the beauty of the Texas landscape to shine through his lens. His landscape photos contain everything a stand-out landscape photo should: sweeping vistas, lines leading the viewer into the photo to explore, as well as beautiful, sometimes dramatic light. Christopher is clearly in love with Texas, and this passion shows in his impressive work.

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7. Jared Tennant Photography

Jared Tennant takes landscape photography and turns it up a notch — pardon the pun — with his drone photography. He’s gifted at taking what would be a grand view from the ground and turning it into an abstract work of art. It’s fascinating to see the world from a vantage point few get to witness, and so his pictures are ever-interesting, whether they are natural landscapes or cityscapes. Full of color, each photo is carefully composed to make full use of the angle of view, producing the exact photo he envisions.

8. Aaron Bates Photography

Aaron Bates loves the Texan outdoors, so much so that he is a founding member of Hiking Texas, a website that inspires people to go outside and explore, featuring beautiful photos of hiking trails around the state. He combines adventure, lifestyle, and travel photography to create his images, and that combination is what has won him national clients like Texas Monthly and Dell. His portfolio is full of wild places, and it makes us want to put on our hiking shoes and hit the trail ourselves — we dare you to check out his work and not feel the same! 

9. River City Photography

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River City Photography is an Austin landscape photography service as well as an event and headshot studio — multifaceted talents always catch our eye! With a minimalist aesthetic as well as an eye for the small details of nature, there are some beautiful photos here! Check out River City Photography when you’re seeking corporate or real estate photography as well — it’s a one-stop shop for wide-angle work! 

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