San Antonio, TX – San Fernando Cathedral (HDR)

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

This past week we took a day off and traveled about 1 hour south of Austin to San Antonio.  San Antonio is known for the Alamo, Riverwalk and some wonderful Missions.  We were eager to see the Riverwalk as it is  decorated with holiday lights.  When we checked into the hotel, the San Antonio magazine located in our room had this picture of the San Fernando Cathedral on the cover.  I thought what a great pic for a sunset!  I called down to the front desk and they told me it was just 5 blocks away from the hotel!  We went for a walk in the cold and arrived just as the sun was setting.  The Cathedral had its own “patio” out front which included tables and fountains.   In a city…perfect spot for relaxing and having lunch…and for photographs!

The sun was setting and I snapped away…trying different settings..hoping for the perfect HDR.  For each shot I liked that included the fountains, I tried using F/4 (wide open) and F/22.  As with all water shots…water looks great when it has fluid motion.  The f/4 versions with the fountains just did not look as good compared to the f/22.  So use f/22 for any flowing water for HDR’s!   The longer exposures create magic with water!   I will post another shot of the Cathedral soon with details.   If I ever make it back to San Antonio….I will make sure to shoot here again!  Lovely!