I needed somewhere to try out my new Sigma 15mm fish eye and what better place than the Griffith Observatory?. It was tough duty as I had to contend with thousands of other Angelenos intent on blocking my path. I almost gave up and called it quits. But, I’m no quitter. No siree! I made a second run and lucked out and was able to grab a coveted parking spot at the top of the hill. I decided to just take the fish eye and no tripod. It was pretty late in the morning and I didn’t expect to do much HDR. I actually did a few, hand held. With a lens as wide as the fish eye, it’s not too hard to do. I really like the lens. It’s pretty fast (f2.8) and lightweight… and pretty dang sharp.
If you’re at the observatory (which I was), you have to get the walkway shot. This is a hand held, 5 exposure HDR.
No matter how much you think you know, there’s always more to learn about the world.
It was fairly dim inside but the Nikon D700 is great at high ISOs. I think this was 1250. Combined with the fish eye, it was pretty easy getting decent shots, even in the low light conditions here.