Austin, Texas – Capitol Building (HDR)

Austin Capitol Dizzy HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 10.5 Fisheye, HDR in Photomatix

I had one last nite with the fisheye before I had to send it back to LensRentals.   I decided to head downtown to get some sunset shots of the Capitol Building.  It worked out great…as I pulled up and a quick downpour arrived.  I knew by the clouds it would pass by and hopefully give me some nice clouds for any HDR.

I took a few shots inside the building with the fisheye.  Not bad, but it would be better inside with full sun in the afternoon as it would light up the dome better.  My target was to take the Capitol building form the back at sunset.  A little before 8 PM I ventured out back and set up my tripod.   In the back section of the building there is a wonderful rotunda.  I figured with a fisheye – anything circular – I would be able to capture a big part of this area in the photo.    I took quite a few shots and just decided to tilt the camera and see what it looked like.  I got this very dizzying photo!  Kinda cool!   That why its always good to move around and try different angles!  You never know what you will get!   Hope your head isn’t spinning after seeing this shot!   Enjoy!


Pittsburgh, PA – Clemente Bridge (HDR)

Clemente Bridge HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

Here is one last shot from Pittsburgh for a bit…it is an HDR of the Clemente Bridge.  Here is some info from the web:

The Roberto Clemente Bridge, also known as the Sixth Street Bridge, spans the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Named for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player Roberto Clemente, it is one of three parallel bridges called The Three Sisters, the others being the Rachel Carson Bridge and the Andy Warhol Bridge. The Three Sisters are self-anchored suspension bridges and are significant because they are the only trio of nearly identical bridges—as well as the first self-anchored suspension spans—built in the United States. The bridge was renamed on August 6, 1998. It is closed to vehicular traffic on Pirates’ and Steelers’ game days, providing a pedestrian route to PNC Park and Heinz Field.  The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in cooperation with the Riverlife Task Force, the City of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne Light Company, funded and managed the architectural lighting of the bridge. On November 20, 2002, the bridge was lit for the first time.

I have walked over this bridge many times heading to see the Pirates games.  Such great views of the the park going to the game and wonderful views of the city when walking back at night.  This HDR captures the feel of the bridge.  It was perfect timing…the storm above drenched Pittsburgh about 15 minutes later after I took this shot.  I set up my tradition 5 exposures, cable release, tripod for this shot and post processed in Photomatix.   I always enjoy my visit to the “Burgh”.  If I had more time, I’d surely try to HDR every bridge near downtown.  This city has such character.  You can just tell it was a hard working area back in the days.   Enjoy!