Sports Room in HDR

I was looking thru some old pics and found an HDR fisheye pic of my old sports room! This was from a few years back…my man cave in all its glory! If any of you have been reading my blog for the past years…I am a big Pittsburgh sports fan…Steelers, Pirates and Penguins! Basketball…Celtics all the way! Unfortunately, its all packed away now. Up on top of the walls you can see all my original Sports Illustrated covers…kept since 1978! Fat Heads, autographed stuff all over, posters, cards, hats from each visit to the Burgh, hey even for video game original Intellivision, Atari and Nintendo…all working!! Hey even check out the VCR! Classic!!

Georgetown, Texas – Inner Space Caverns (HDR)

If you have any caverns near you…they are always a cool place to take photos.  This shot above is from the Inner Space Caverns in Georgetown, TX about 20 minutes from Austin.  This day I took a tour first thing in the AM…and it was just me and the guide!  He allowed me to take photos with my tripod (usually they do not).  These caverns are slippery, so be careful!  There are few more around here in Texas…one day I will get to them all!

Info from the web: Explore this limestone cavern and discover beautiful examples of nature’s perfect artwork such as “The Flowing Stone of Time”, the mysterious “Lake of the Moon” and the intricate “Soda Straw Balcony”. Among the amazing variety of formations found within the cavern you will see beautiful helictites, ancient flowstones, and giant columns. Our tour guides will take you back in time so you can experience the fascinating story of the cave’s history and discovery.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 19.0mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix
  • 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