Austin, Texas – Westcave Preserve (HDR)

This past year I took the same shot on a different visit to Westcave when it was a nice sunny morning.  This is one with some clouds.  Tough call on which is better.  I like em both.  The fisheye is the key to the shot.  I use my fisheye oftern and if you were thinking of getting one for your bag…do it!  I have not thought twice about buying it.  I know we all have a lens or two that just sits there and never gets used.  For me its my 50mm 1f/1.4.  I really shoudl pack it sometimes, it is  a great lens!  Back on fisheyes…I bought mine used for only $350!!  Check Ebay and see what is available for your camera.  Once you have it, it becomes a favorite lens!  I have even seen some Photographers on Flickr…all they use is a fisheye! I am an official Fisheye Fanatic!

Talke Photography Settings:

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

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Brookgreen Gardens (Fractalius)

Finally…a shot I have always wanted to try!!!!   The American Bald Eagle is the symbol is the United States of America.   I have always seen shots form other people and was hopeful one day to get mine!  We were in Myrtle Beach for vacation and I had wanted to visit the famous Brookgreen Gardens.  I will post am HDR shot and tell you more details soon.   At Brookgreen there is a small zoo.  I noticed they had Bald Eagles on the list!  Nice!  We arrived and they were in a netted enclosed area.  Ugh!  Tough to shoot through nets!   Then I noticed a hole about 3-4 inches in diameter on the front face of the net (there on purpose)…maybe for people to take photos??  I stuck my big Nikon 70-200 though it (hoodless as it would not fit with the hood)…perfect!  They had a male and female hanging out and I snapped away!!   I love Fractalius and couldn’t wait to see how it would work with a bald eagle! A little photoshop fun…and a cool shot!!  Fractalius is one awesome plug in for photoshop!!  For some reason I always feel so sad for zoo animals…I know they are fed and kept safe, but these magnificent birds should be flying free.