Austin, Texas – Zilker Botanical Gardens (HDR)

This waterfall is from the Zilker Botanical garden here in Austin, Texas.  This location has been the great for many photos and here is some info about Zilker:

Zilker Botanical Garden — located on 30 acres in Austin, Texas has often been called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. The Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates local dinosaur habitat. This garden is a unique collaboration between The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC). The garden is free and open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 400,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities

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/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro
  • Austin, Texas – Water Lilies

    The summer is almost over and here is a nice summery shot of 2 beautiful water lilies.  They are one of my favorite flowers!  These are from our local Zilker Botanical Garden here is Austin.  I visit here just to take these shots.  The little pond is right by the entrance.  They are just so pleasing to the eye!!   Especially when the sun hits them right.  The center looks like its on fire!  Hope you had a great summer!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 102.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/250 second
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
  • Austin, TX – Cardinal (HDR)

    I took a little time off yesterday and visited Zilker Botanical Garden in Austin yesterday with my good buddy Jim Nix (Nomadic Pursuits).  We figured as it was spring, why not try and capture some flowers in macro. Unbeknownst to us…it was windy… although a beautiful day!   We snapped a bunch of flower shots and walked around the park.  As we walked down this one path, Jim saw the cardinal.  He was only 5-8 feet away.  He flew into the bush and I quickly changed lenses form the 105 Macro to the 70-200 VR.   I took a few step in and snapped away!  As I was taking pic the grounds keepers told me to get out as there due to possible poison ivy.  Oh well..if I get it well worth it!   I have always wanted to give “birding” a try…but its another type of photography that really needs a 200-400 lens….a bit out of my budget!   Not bad for a quickie shot!  The flowers and birds are out in TX…spring has arrived here!   Hope you got a few shots Jim!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
    • Setting: Aperture Mode
    • Focal Length:  200.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/125 sec (Single RAW HDR)
    • Aperture:  f/5.0
    • Gear:  Hand Held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Photmatix