I had the good fortune of spending this morning on a solo photowalk around Austin. Austin is a wonderful town and I am reminded of that fact every time I go take photos. There are so many beautiful spots in town that it could take literally years to get to them all. There is a reason that so many folks are moving here, and it ain't just that our housing is cheaper than other places (though that likely helps). Case in point: this location. I was actually parked at the back side of our beautiful Texas Capitol, and had wandered around it for a bit taking some shots. I noticed that the sky out west of town was a beautiful blue color, and all my shots at the Capitol just weren't facing the right direction. So, I headed back to my car and very nearly was about to hang it up for a bit, when I saw these fountains at an adjacent building. I had walked by them many times, never stopping for a photo or a second glance. But this time, the blue sky in the distance caught my eye, and being a fan of water and fountains anyways, I hung around until I got a composition that I thought might work. So, here it is. You can call this an accidental HDR, or an unplanned shot, or just a lucky find. Either way, I was glad I came across it!
This is a 5 exposure HDR (+1 to -3) taken at f/11 and merged in Photomatix. I made some adjustments in PSE and Aperture and that's about it. Oddly, it came out of Photomatix very similarly to how it looks here. Usually my images require a bit of maintenance after Photomatix but this one was pretty easy!