Austin, Texas – Capitol Building HDR

Austin, Texas

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

This picture is from my hometown of Austin, Texas.  We have now been here about 2+ years and it is a beautiful little city.   The city itself is filled with live music any day of  the week on 6th strreet.    Lance Armstrong, Andy Roddick, Sandra Bullock are some of the local celebs that reside here.  We live in the Hill Country…it kinda reminds me of a Southern San Francisco….replace the seafood with barbeque food and there you have it! Austin is the capital of Texas and is about 3 1/2 hours south of Dallas and about 3 hours NE of Houston.

I really enjoy springtime in Texas.  The wildflowers fill the coutryside and even the roadside.  A sight to see!  Cant beat Texas Blue Bonnets!  Hope to have some new pics of spring 2009 on here next month! 

Every few months or so we take a drive to downtown and see the sights.  Our first stop is always the Capitol Building.   We had just parked this day and it was almost time for the sun to set.  For photogrpahs it may be a perfect time…its the Golden Hour!    We walked up the side entrance and this was the first picture I took that day!   I first tried a normal shot and it looked decent.  I wasnt sure how an HDR would work….and gave it a try!   I took 5 exposures and then produced the HDR in Photomatix (see the new coupon code for Photomatix link to the right!   15% off using Places2Explore as your code!).  This has become one of my favorite HDR shots!  I have it hanging in my office as a nice 30×20 gallery wrap!