London, England – Road to Buckingham Palace (HDR)


We are in the middle of the Olympics from London and I wanted to get up one London HDR before the games are over. Not sure if you are a fan of the Olympics….but I love them! Go USA!! I DVR all day and catch up at nite on the games. I have watched some fun competitions – trampoline, judo, fencing, equestrian, handball, field hockey, water polo, archery, and table tennis. Stuff I never get to see! London is a great city!! Just expensive for us from the US. I checked today $1 = 0.63 British pounds. Not so great!!

I give kudos to all these athletes….they are amazing! Water Polo impresses me the most…how do they stay afloat so long? Its like football in the water…a bit brutal!! Enjoy the last few days of London 2012!

London, England – Street Light (HDR) + HDR Tip!


London is amazing and taking photos there is challenging and fun! A tripod while shooting near the river Thames is difficult as the Police will shut you down. So set up, grabs your brackets quickly and move along…maybe you can catch the shot you are looking for! After being hassled on either side of the bridge, I started my walk back to get a close up of Big Ben. This shot is from walking over the Westminster Bridge. I loved the street lights stopped set my gear tip and grabbed the shot! Cheers!

Processing HDR Tip: Software these days is awesome! I have noted a big jump in sharpness of my HDR pics. Let me tell you my secrets!
1) I switched from using Photomatix to HDR Efex Pro. I feel as though HDR Efex Pro is sharper when producing tone mapped photos right out of the gate!
2) I add NIK’s Tonal Contrast filter to my HDR’s. Mask any areas that added additional noise due to the process (especially skies).
3) onOne Software’s Photo Tool 2.6: I use “Portrait Sharpen” filter on every picture! onOne rocks!! I can’t live without onOne. It is my favorite!

That is all! These three steps help sharpen my shots!! Of course start out with a sharp pic from the get go with a tripod!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/3.8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

London Calling in HDR


London rules! Who can resist a photo of Big Ben? Across the street from Big Ben you can fight the people traffic and look up and get this Underground sign/Big Ben combo shot. A little selective color and it becomes fun and different? Cheers! Have a great weekend!

London, England – Buckingham Palace (HDR)

In honor of the Royal Wedding today…Buckingham Palace in HDR!  I am not there…but just watched the tail end.  It will be one of the most watched events in history!  If you are there…kudos!!  The pubs must be filled by now!!!  Cheers to William and Kate!    Have a Royal Time!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 27.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

London, England – Tower Bridge (HDR)

Jolly ole England is one amazing city!  When you visit…so many sights to see!  A wealth of HDR possibilities!!   On of the most famous is the Tower Bridge.  Many people (even me) before my first visit always called this London Bridge.  That is incorrect…it is the Tower Bridge.  No matter what you call it…it is one cool bridge!   Looking at it you can just feel the history!  That is what travel is all about.  So with that historical fell…I added a a few textures to make it have that olden look.

Some info from the web: Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. Construction started in 1886 and took eight years with five major contractors – Sir John Jackson (foundations), Baron Armstrong (hydraulics), William Webster, Sir H.H. Bartlett, and Sir William Arrol & Co. – and employed 432 construction workers. E W Crutwell was the resident engineer for the construction. Two massive piers, containing over 70,000 tons of concrete, were sunk into the riverbed to support the construction. Over 11,000 tons of steel provided the framework for the towers and walkways. This was then clad in Cornish granite andPortland stone, both to protect the underlying steelwork and to give the bridge a pleasing appearance. The bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), and his wife, The Princess of Wales (Alexandra of Denmark)

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • 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/4.5
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6, Textures

London, England – Buckingham Palace Garden (Infrared)

I am lucky enough to travel to England once a year and really enjoy London!  London is a fantastic place to visit for vacation!  So much to do and see and the city is amazing to explore!   As Paris is my favorite city in the world…London is my second favorite!   After my days work I enjoy walking around the city.  I usually stay at Trafalgar Square and just behind my hotel about 1 mile away is Buckingham Palace.  On the grounds are these wonderful gardens you can stroll around and enjoy the views.

Here is ome info from the web:  The Garden at Buckingham Palace is situated at the rear of Buckingham Palace. It covers much of the area of the former “Goring Great Garden”, named after Lord Goring, occupant of one of the earliest grand houses on the site. It was laid out by Henry Wise and subsequently redesigned by William Townsend Aiton for George IV.

The Garden occupies a 42 -acre (17 -hectare) site in the City of Westminster, London and has two-and-a-half miles of gravel paths. Its area is bounded by Constitution Hill to the north, Hyde Park Corner to the west, Grosvenor Place to the south-west and the Royal Mews, Queen’s Gallery, and Buckingham Palace to the south and east. The planting is varied and exotic, with a mulberry tree dating back to the time of James I of England. Notable features include a large 19th-century lake which is graced by a flock of flamingoes, and the Waterloo Vase. In the Garden there is a summerhouse, a helicopter pad, and a tennis court.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-70 f/3.5-4.5
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 40.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/60 second
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Silver Efex Pro