Austin, TX – Westcave Preserve (HDR)

A few weeks ago our local Austin Amateur Photographer Social Club had a meetup at Westcave Preserve.   Rachel was the wonderful organizer (thanks Rachel!) and I was eager to shoot here.  You can only visit via Tour.  So a group of photographers descending on Westcave sounded great to me!  Everyone with cameras and tripods…fun!  In your local area there probably is a local photography group…join up!  Nice to meet wonderful  photographers like yourself.  We arrived early…there were 30 of us…and the tour lasted about 1 hour+.

It was a 10 minute hike to the main cave location.  Very cool!  Austin has its cool spots and this is one!   Very other worldly.  Almost like you are somewhere else!   All the photographers were very gracious…as we know to be kind and move out of the way when someone is shooting.  LOL  And we politely ask…is it ok to walk by?    After such a meeting you can usually post your shots on the Groups website and check out other photographers perspective.  Always great!  It teaches the key ingredient about photography…its not about the camera or lens…its about the photographer and what they convey in their photo!

As for this shot, we were all packing up and about to head back…I wanted to catch the full view of the cave and surrounding view…fisheye was the call!   That pool has a funky glow to it…not sure what is inside or underneath?   Will post a closeup waterfall shot form here soon!  Have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza