Spring is certainly having a hard time sticking this year with all of the cold fronts continuing to sweep in. Not sure I should complain too much since is a better alternative to the high temps summer brings to Texas. As long as it reaches the upper 60s and stays under 90, outdoors is welcoming to me.
The first teaser of the spring season came the second full week of March and made for the ideal visit to the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden to see it in full bloom with all the tulips and what-not. My initial attentions were to try my hand and some long-exposure images with their water displays. I took a few, but shortly moved to having some fun with the fisheye lens.
This image in particular was captured while laying down sideways on the ground. Not one afraid to shoot in the sun (especially with this lens) with a steady hand-held grip to bracket 5 exposures, a full range of detail was later achieved with Photoshop CS6′s ‘Merge to HDR Pro’ automation. Lens flare, spots, and some edge distractions were removed in Photoshop as well. Nik plug-in software (now Nik Collection by Google) and Lightroom polished off the image, along with the use of onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite to add a hint of cloud and push the processing a little further with their multitude of effects.
The before view above shows the +2 exposure (out of the 5 bracketed), which was the primary layer Photoshop aligned to when merging.
Location and date taken: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden — Dallas, TX USA on 12-Mar-2013.