Austin, Texas – Texas Tower (HDR)

Texas-Tower Austin TX
From my ole stomping grounds of Austin, TX. This was taken one day on a photowalk with my good buddy Jim Nix. We walked around the University of Texas this day taking lots of HDR’s. This is a wide angle of the Texas Tower. The Texas Tower has some serious history. Some info from the web: The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower, designed by Paul Cret of Philadelphia, was completed in 1937. Through the years, the Tower has served as the University’s most distinguishing landmark and as a symbol of academic excellence and personal opportunity. The observation deck of the UT Tower offers a spectacular view of the UT Campus and the Austin area in all directions. Thanks to the cooperative effort of students, staff, and the University administration, the observation deck has recently been remodeled and reopened to the public for the first time in nearly three decades. As a part of the renovation process, persons with disabilities now also have access to this monumental view.

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Austin, TX – DSLR vs IPhone – Texas Tower


We were walking through the University of Texas yesterday and walked by the Texas Tower. I looked up and enjoyed this view! I snapped a few shots and said why not try the same shot with an IPhone. I’d like to compare. I know we all take tons of phone photos. How do they really compare? Conditions were favorable…light was solid and the sky was blue. I will post the IPhone shot below and then see how they stack up! I am curious. Both shots were processed…DSLR in Photoshop. IPhone in Camera+.

Hmmm…well, I know I take lots of shots on my phone and say to myself…wow…looks great! But in reality, its mediocre. I guess those bright screens give us a false sense of security. Will phones ever over take DSLR’s??? Probably never. The details a DSLR sensor can capture are too impressive. This was a fun quick Saturday exercise! Have fun! Remember…carry your DSLR when possible! =))

Austin, Texas – Littlefield Fountain (HDR-Infrared)

Austin definitely has some wonderful photo locations.  University of Austin is one of the best.  Here is the Littlefield Fountain shot as an HDR-IR.  IR photos are sweet…add in HDR and sometimes a cool shot arrives!!  Here is some info from the web:   Littlefield Fountain is a monument by Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini, located on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. The fountain was built with money from a $250,000 trust established by Major George W. Littlefield as a World War I memorial. It was unveiled in 1933, at a time when the Old Main Building was still in use.  

Hook em Horns!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 26.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   HDR 3 Exposures (+1 to -1)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza

Austin, TX – Texas Tower (HDR)

A few weeks back during the holidays I went out to shoot the University of Texas Campus.  This shot is from the Texas Tower.  As you walk up the front steps here is a nice symmetrical spot for an HDR!   I have lived in Austin now for over 3 years and in the past year finally have taken a few trips to enjoy the local scenery!  We are not sure how long we will stay in TX, but I have a long list of sights still to visit!  Austin has many wonderful photographic opportunities!   Over the last year I have attended many local photo meetings and photowalk’s in the area.  It is a great pleasure to introduce some fantastic local artists (that also shoot in HDR).    We have an extremely talented bunch here in Austin.   I hope we all can get together for a spring photowalk soon!  Check out their work and websites:

*  Andy (Flickr – ATMX)

* Dave Wilson (News & Views from Dave Wilson)

* Evan Gearing (Evan’s EXPO)

* Jason St. Peter (50% Chance of Rain)

* Jim Nix (Nomadic Pursuits)

* Mike Connell (Mike’s Photo Blog)

* Michael Tuuk (Michael Tuuk Photography)

* Trey Ratcliff (Stuck in Customs)

* Van Sutherland (Exile Imaging)

The style of HDR is growing tremendously fast and it is an honor to be part of photography in these wonderful times.  I am not sure what the future holds, but it can only get better!   Improvements with cameras, lenses and more importantly software makes posting our HDR shots a great pleasure.    It is fun for us photographers to get together for a photowalk.   If you ever wanted to shoot with anyone that you may know from Flickr or your local town…just ask!  Photographers by nature are nice people!   We should get together more often and this is how we learn and improve!   I travel all over the world!  If you see I have been in your town…let me know.  Hopefully we can get together and shoot!   I just got back from San Fran and shot with a Flickr buddy Horace  Kwan (Horace Kwan Photography).   Thanks Horace…that was great!   We got some cool shots from the city!  Will post em soon!   So go out have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza