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

Austin, TX – Westcave Preserve (HDR)

From a few weeks back…this shot was from our tour to Westcave Preserve (Thanks Jody!).  We were there early in the AM and I went with my buddy Jim Nix (Nomadic Pursuits).  We had about an hour to grab as many shots as possible.  This shot is from under the falls.  An excellent angle to shoot from!  Its gives you a different perspective.  If I can recall Jody (our great tour guide) telling us that the pool is 15 feet deep?   I can see why it is so dark.   Could Nessie be in there?  LOL  Westcave is a wonderful location to visit in Austin.  Tours only.  But well worth it.  As you walk along the path to the waterfall….it kinda reminds you of a tropical jungle….and you ask yourself if you are in Texas?

Westcave is located right down the street form Hamilton Pool…so it is easy to visit both in one day!   You can check out all info on Westcave’s Website…there is a great picture on the front page!  My fisheye photograph from earlier this year! If you live in Austin or are just visiting…take a drive out to Westcave and enjoy the tour!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Austin, TX – Westcave Preserve (HDR)

    From my photowalk with the local Austin Photogroup…here is a waterfall shot from Westcave Preserve.  Quite a magical place (tours only).    It is about a 10 minute walk to get to the cave…all worth it!   You feel displaced when you are there…sure does not feel like Texas!  If you are in Austin, this is a must visit!  Beautiful indeed!

    Info from the web:  The trail follows a clear running creek upstream to the head of the canyon where a sparkling waterfall tumbles 40 feet of fern-covered travertine columns into a vivid emerald pool.  Here, visitors step into a grotto behind the artesian spring-fed waterfall and examine cave formations and lush plant life seen in few other places in Texas.

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 22.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable  Release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    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