Munich, Germany – Rathaus (HDR)

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This is from one early AM in Munich. I woke up at 4 AM this day to get the cool railway tunnels down below the Rathaus and as I was walking back to the hotel, I grabbed this shot. Nice long exposure creates wonderful cloud movement!

Irvine, CA – Irvine Spectrum

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If you are ever in SoCal…in the middle of LA and SD you can find the city of Irvine. This is where you can find the cool outdoor shopping location called the Irvine Spectrum. Great stores and restaurants!! I have passed it about a billion times and finally decided to photograph the ferris wheel. This was a long exposure. I did however get talked to by security. Unfortunately it is private property, therefore, no tripod setups for photos. But one loophole is that if you are taking shots of your family, they cannot stop you. I had my little one stand in front and “photoshopped” her out. =) Have fun!

St. Augustine, FL – Long exposure


This was taken on a very cold early AM last year in St. Augustine, FL. It was February and about 32 degrees outside with a nice crisp 20 mph wind. I can’t recall ever being that cold in Florida. Any photog out there knows the fun we endure just to get that shot! This was a peace of cake, but I know we all have that story of hanging off an edge…putting our life in danger…all for photography! Stay safe!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1.3 seconds
Aperture: f/22.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Silver Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

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

Cocoa Beach, Florida – Pier – Long Exposure

I had some fun taking this long exposure shot at the pier in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  It was a nice late afternoon..I arrived around 5 Pm to get some sunset pics.  It was still a bit sunny and I decided to throw my B&W ND #106 1.8-64X on my lens.  I must admit, I rarely think to put a filter on a lens these days due to the options available in Photoshop and plug-ins.  I fas as I know…there is no plug-in that can create the water motion effect.  Long exposures become easier with the right filter on.   I have only taken a handful of shots using this filter…but always love the effect it creates!   Check out B&W website to find a filter that you may like!

These type of shots always look great in black & white…I processed it using my new Silver Efex Pro 2.  Once I get more time with the software…let ya know how it is!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Manual Mode
  • Filter: B&W ND #106 1.8-64X
  • Focal Length: 60.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  10 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Silver Efex Pro 2

Austin, Texas – Lou Neff Point

The Austin Skyline is a beautiful sight.  There are a few great places to photograph it.  This shot above is from Lou Neff Point.  I was up early this morning recently with the frogs and bugs.  It was so quiet, I could hear the fish splashing around the water.    In this long exposure photo you can even see the clouds hanging over the building tops.   I was hoping for a nice sunrise shot, but it was a bit too cloudy this morning.

I wanted to post this shot from Austin as we had a gathering of HDR photographers for a great lunch at Chuy’s just down the street from here yesterday.  We all know each other well and occasionally get a chance to shoot together.  It was wonderful to chat about all things photography.  If you have a few known photographers in your area…get together if you can.  It is fantastic to share info…the latest software, photos, locations, etc…   Here are some of photographers that I met up yesterday (check out their blogs if you have time):

Andy – ATMTX Photo

Jim Nix – Nomadic Pursuits

Alex Suarez – Alex Suarez Photography & Technology Blog

Michael Tuuk – Michael Tuuk Photography

Dave Wilson – News and Views from Dave Wilson

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  19 Seconds
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza
  • Porto, Portugal – Night in Porto

    Porto at night is beautiful!!  I love this little old city.  This day I walked around for hours taking HDR’s and as the darkness arrived, I wanted to take a standard night shot from the mountain side.   The D300 can take decent night shots…but I wish I had a D3 or better for low light situations…ah to dream one day!    As the sun was setting I was walking up these roads towards to the top of the hill. Row houses everywhere.  Luckily there was a small walkway near the edge to catch a river/city view.  From the walkway you can take steps lower each level to more houses.  So I know I was not in great safe territory.   A dude with a camera bag and tripod in the dark with some odd people walking around…any photographer has been there.  So you have to stand confidently and prepare to use your tripod as a weapon if necessary!   I snapped away while keeping my third eye on my surroundings.  I grabbed my shots and made it out safely and called it a day!    The shot was worth the worries!  I look forward to heading back to Porto again this year…this time it will just be shots of wineries!!  Much safer!!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 56.0mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Exposure:  1 second
  • Aperture:  f/4.8
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
  • St. Augustine, FL – Pier (HDR)

    Here is a pre-sunrise HDR from St. Augustine, FL.  The ocean was a bit angry this morning as it was a cold 38 degrees this Mid February day!  The long exposures create  a nice motion of the ocean!   Pier shots in HDR are another great combo!  If you have a pier near you…go shoot it in HDR at Sunrise or Sunset…you will be glad you did!   Have fun!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 24.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/11
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable  Release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    San Antonio, TX – Riverwalk

    Here is a little color explosion for ya!  Back in December we went down to see the XMas lights at the Riverwalk in San Antonio.   Late nite when it was quiet…I stationed myself on a bridge and played around with long exposures and zooming in and out.  I wanted to catch some light streaks using the hanging lights from the trees.  It is easy to do…just set a long exposure and zoom in or out while the photo is being taken!  And this is what you get!  Have fun with photography!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
    • Setting: Aperture Mode
    • Focal Length:  200.0mm to lower (for the effect)
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  3 seconds
    • Aperture:  f/11.0
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4