Austin, Texas – Driskill Hotel (HDR)

Austin, TX - Driskill Hotel (HDR)

NIKON D300, Nikon 10.5 Fisheye, HDR in Photomatix

Per my review below on the Nikon 10.5 Fisheye…here is the HDR.  It creates one amazing angle!  This statue is called the “Widowmaker”.  In the old days, if you got your foot stuck in the stirrup, the horse will drag you to your death.  That is why unfortunate incident is called a widow maker.  In the statue his friend is trying to save him the only way he can.

Built in 1886 as the showplace of a cattle baron, The Driskill remains a landmark of legendary Texas hospitality. Located on Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin, the luxurious, historic hotel is convenient to all that the city has to offer, including the Texas State Capitol, convention center, opera, symphony, fine dining, shopping, and Austin’s 6th Street music scene. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,®” Austin is home to nearly 200 music venues, many within walking distance of The Driskill.

I set the Fisheye lens up on my tripod, but lowered the shooting angle in order to get all of the circular glass panes above.  Used a cable release and post processed in Photomatix.   The lower angle increased the distortion and created a neat effect.   I’ll post a few more fisheye shots in the next few days.  Enjoy!

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REVIEW: Lens: Nikon 10.5 f/2.8 ED AF DX Fisheye

nikon_10.5_mmI have alway been curious about Fisheye lenses and was eager to try one out.  Thank to LensRentals I was heading out on a trip and rented this lens for a week.

Here are some details on a Fisheye Lens:  A Fisheye Lens takes an 180 degree field of view. As for lenses anything wider than 12 mm is considered fisheye.  The curvature of the fisheye lens causes straight lines to become distorted.  The more straight lines you have, the more the distorted effect.  Shooting from a lower angle can also enhance the distortion.  There is no lens that has a larger depth of field than a fisheye.

After a week of having this lens here are my thoughts (remember I am not a technician – just a photographer): This lens is very small and lightweight (approximately 3″ in length x 2  1/2″ in Diameter).  So to carry this extra lens around is no problem!  I thought about using it mostly for architecture shots as this was my primary targets.  I did get used to it fast and new if the 12-24 could not get the whole scene in – the fisheye will get everything!  So it was nice to have this extra option.  Most of my shots were HDR’s.  Everything looked sharp and great!   It was a very fun lens to use.  I enjoyed shooting buildings and rooms.  You can see one of my HDR’s above using the fisheye from the Driskill Hotel in Austin.

I checked on Amazon – the lens cost is $685.00.   The lens is for the DX Nikon Camera’s and not for full frame.  The cost seems a bit high for an “extra” lens.  I’d say its not a must own, but is nice to have.  If I had the extra money and had all my dream lenses, I would buy this lens.  The photos are very different looking and offer such great perspectives.  I will miss having it.  Maybe one day I will buy one?  I’d give this lens a 9 out of 10 (just due to cost).  Happy shooting!