Austin, TX – 360 Bridge (Infrared)

Austin, TX - 360 Brudge
From Austin, TX…locals know well of this famous location to view the 360 bridge. Climb a few rocks and you have a great view! Now you have one in Infrared!

Austin,TX – Blue Hour (HDR)


From my ole stomping grounds of Austin, TX…this shot is from walking across Congress Street Bridge…looking over at the Lamar Street Bridge. A cool blue hour sky!!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Austin, Texas – Under the Bridge (HDR)


Its summer and in Texas that means you are cooking!! Its nice to be in SoCal…we are a little inland and its hot as well here! Just last nite we had a few welcome back earthquakes…4.5. Not bad, but a little shaky!! =) This shot was from a photo walk I did with the HDR Mafia Group from Austin. Miss those guys! I need to start a group here in SoCal!! Later this year, once I get settled…I’ll see what I can do. If you are in SoCal and shoot HDR…just let me know. Have fun and stay cool!

Heidelberg, Germany (HDR)


From the lovely little city of Heidelberg, Germany. A place made for photography. Heidelberg Castles is nestled in the hills overlooking the River Neckar. The day I visited we only had 3 hours in the city….I really hope to get back there one day and spent a nite or two. It is one of the few German cities that make you feel you have gone back in time. Sorry for the now added watermark. They will now be on all pics from now on. I’ll try to keep them low profile.

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Cleveland, OH – Detroit-Superior Bridge (HDR) & RatZilla!


From the lovely city of Cleveland, OH here is the Detroit-Superior Bridge in HDR. I was a bit confused…why would a bridge in Cleveland be called the Detroit-Superior Bridge? Can you take it to Detroit? Did it come from Detroit? No it did not. The bridge links Detroit Avenue on Cleveland’s west side and Superior Avenue on Cleveland’s east side. Now it makes sense! But it is also known as the Verteran’s Memorial Bridge.

I had to search for this location for a bit. It is located near the cross of Riverbed Street and Center Street. Now my objective was to grab a blue hour shot and maybe a full nite shot. I arrived a bit before sunset and walked around a bit. Across the waterway there were quite a few homeless folks that I watched closely…making sure to watch my back. When I walked up I was told to stay on this street only as it can get dangerous 2 blocks away…very comforting. The thrill of photography! What we do to get our pics! I set up waterside and waited for the sun to set. My tripod as ready and I kept adjusting the focal length through the viewfinder. Suddenly while glancing down out of the corner of my eye a FOOT long rat ran right under my tripod and feet. I jumped away and since I was standing still even startled RatZilla! My sudden movement made him go airborne…just an inch or two! It started him good! I love moments like this as they are surreal and you really can’t believe this is happening before your eyes! RatZilla turned into Air Rat Jordan! Quite funny! But then again moments like this wake you up from your photography focus. Homeless/Rats/Nightfall = a fun photo adventure. Always be safe!

After experiencing this as the blue hour started to fade I decided it was in my best interest to head back to the hotel. I survived and was well worth it for the pic above! I just do not want to bump into RatZilla again! I still can’t believe how big this dude was!

Some info from the web: The Detroit–Superior Bridge (officially known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge) is a 3,112 foot (949 meter) long through arch bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Construction by the King Bridge Company began in 1914 and completed in 1918, at a cost of $5.4 million. It was the first fixed high level bridge in Cleveland, and the third high level bridge above the Cuyahoga (the first was the Old Superior Viaduct and the second the Central Viaduct, also built by the King Company). At its completion, the bridge was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world.

Pittsburgh, PA – Early AM (HDR)


Pittsburgh is one super photographic city! When shooting with Dave DiCello and Theaterwiz (Mike Criswell) recently…we hit the city at 5 AM! The North Shore was the target for sunrise. We were walking riverside and I saw Dave down on this seating area and as he was around the corner…I grabbed this shot. A foreground subject with the Clemente Bridge and the city in the background. Not only do I need to move to the Burgh one day to see all my fav sports teams, I better get my hard drive ready for tons of pics!!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 18.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 9 Exposures (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge (Texture)

From the lovely San Francisco, CA….one of the most well known bridges in the world…the Golden Gate Bridge. I have shot this icon from all sides and directions. This shot was taken while walking up from a stroll down to Baker’s Beach. All of you that visit my blog know that I love textured shots. If the sky is boring…a texture will help! The photo above is just one texture. If you are interested…this is the standard version photo below…Have fun!

Köln, Germany – Köln Cathedral

If you ever decide to visit Germany….try to make it to Köln (Cologne).  I love this city.  They usually have some exhibition going on…so book your hotels early!!  The key place to visit is the Köln Cathedral.  Not only inside, but outside and across the train bridge.  This is the view from across the bridge.  A quick 10 minute walk and there are many spots to set up a tripod for this shot.  I was here for a very cold 2 hours.  I took tons of pics.  I always try something different if I can..so I added the angle.  Kinda cool!  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:  30 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Boulder, CO – Varsity Lake (HDR)

From the lovely Boulder, Colorado…at the University of Colorado this is a small bridge on campus located at Varsity Lake. I was out doing business this week and woke up at 5 AM to grab some shot of the Hotel Boulderado (coming soon) and the sun was coming up around 6:45 AM.  I drove over to Varsity Lake (I had never been) and loved the view!  The reflections were wonderful!  Only one person walked over the bridge while I was taking the shots.  I sat at waters edge and snapped away.  The sun came up and it was back to the hotel to begin my day!  As it is early spring in CO, I’d love to see this spot in summer and in Fall!   Fall would be amazing!  Hope to get more versions one day soon!  Have a great weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Branchburg, New Jersey – North Branch Train Bridge (HDR)

My hometown is Branchburg, New Jersey.  I was there for 25 years.  It is a very small town and used to be made up mostly of farms.  These days its developed with housing and corporations.  That is the world today!   The one steady constant was that you can catch a train into New York City at the North Branch Station on the NJT (New jersey Transit) via the Raritan Valley Line.  As I grew up here…there were not  a bunch of great spots for photography.  After my morning shoot at the abandoned Diner (post this past week)…I drove over the one lane bridge near the station to see if there were any possible good shots.

Once over the bridge I looked over the the left and saw this cool bridge! Had seen it before? I am sure I have, but it never registered as a photo op!  As the trees surrounding it were still bare from winter…it was a clear view!  I looped back around and parked. Walked about 1/4 mile down the embankment and here was the bridge! A nice calm quiet morning.  It was just me and the geese honking.  Sweet spot for an HDR!   Sometimes taking a drive can lead to treasures!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0 mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/18.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6, Silver Efex Pro 2