Austin, TX – A Frog’s Paradise – HDR

A Frog's Paradise

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

Here is one last water lily shot from this past week in Austin at the Zilker Botanical Garden.    This was my first ever attemtped flower HDR.  I took a few HDR’s this day of the water lilies and this shot was my favorite.   Take note of how the HDR gives life to the lily pads – the brown splashes are shown wonderfully and the stems and growth under the water look sureal.  I was lucky – this shot was taken hand held with 5 exposures in mid day.  I did not know what to expect.  Thats why photography is great!   Experimentation can lead to great photos.   I have some Painted Blanket flowers growing in my yard…maybe a good option for an HDR?  I’ll give it try tonite!

Orlando, FL – Summer Sunset

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NIKON D70S, Nikon 18-200 VR

Summer time is almost here!  Hope its warming up where you are!  Its already 97-98 degrees everyday here already in Texas.   Here is a nice hot summer sunset shot from Orlando to get you ready! Always a great view when it looks like the sky is on fire!   I remember looking out the window this day and running to get my camera!  Spur of the moment shots are always memorable!  This photo makes me think of that old Fixx song – Red Skies at Night!    Am I dating myself with that comment?  Have fun!!

REVIEW: Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0

Hood Loupe 3.0  The Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 web site states the following:   HoodLoupetm 3.0 Professional is worn around your neck just like a normal loupe. When it is time to review your shot; bring HoodlLoupetm3.0 up to your image and place your eye up to the eye cup for complete glare free viewing. HoodLoupetm3.0 has a +-3 diopter to accommodate those with less than perfect vision. HoodLoupetm3.0 adjusts focus just like a binocular eye piece… you turn the eye piece in or out to set for your vision. Minimal magnification is used to eliminate visual pixilation of your image. Each Hoodloupe tm3.0 is encased in a user friendly rubber for comfort and protection from bumps that will occur throughout your shoot. Comfortable lanyard and compact protective storage case included. Fits up to 3.0 inch LCD screens.

I have the Nikon D300 – and this is awesome!  I shoot alot of daytime landscape and some sports.  I think back to a few months ago I was shooting some tennis in Palm Springs.  I must have hit a button while walking and one set of pics was on an incorrect shutter speed because it was a bright sunny day and I could not really see the shot correctly in my LCD review.  This is the reason I purchased this  HoodLoupe 3.0.  It hangs around your neck and is very light!  Even comes with a carrying case.  The price is high at $79.99 – but well worth it (make sure to check to see if it will work for your camera).  I also have bad vision and with the adjustable diopter – I get to see my pics in great detail.   I set my Nikon for a one button push automatic zoom, this way now I can see if I was in proper focus on each shot glare free!  With the Loupe all I need to tell you one word – fantastic!!!   Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 is definately not “Loupe”-y….I give it a 10 out of 10!!! 

On their website, they have a few additional products – I also use the HoodEye (Eyepiece) – I love it! – another great product by Hoodman!