NIKON D300, Nikon 10.5 Fisheye, HDR in Photomatix
It is now holiday season..time to enjoy holiday music, lights and shopping! Just this week we went up north and visited the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, TX. It is about 20 minutes west of Dallas. A wonderful hotel to stay at and visit during the holidays! They have this large beautiful atrium all done up in X-Mas lights…an amazing sight to see! The fisheye captures to grand scale of this fun place! We had fun and took lots of pictures! You will see more shots from here during the month of December on my blog.
The whole hotel was decorated. There are 3 atriums to visit and explore: Lone Star Atrium (pictured above), Hill Country Atrium and the Riverwalk Atrium (after the San Antonio Riverwalk). A small river runs through all sections of the hotel and restaurants and shopping are located throughout! Basically an all-in-one hotel. It was fairly inexpensive…$159/nite (may be more for weekends)…so check pricing for other dates. It was a photographers paradise! In the AM we saw a few professional photogrpahers taking family portraits. We were there for the same reason! To take an X-Mas portrait of our little one! So the place is surely photographer friendly!
There are also a few spots to take portraits already set up by the hotel. Santa is also there! So we had a picture taken with him. I asked him not to give me coal this year. LOL A fun great time! I didn’t even tell you about the main attraction…ICE! Ice sculptures of the Grinch and much more! I’ll post a pic from ICE next week and give you more details. If you are near Dallas for the holidays….I’d visit the Gaylord Texan for the holidays! Enjoy!