Laguna Beach, CA – Lifeguard Tower (HDR)

Laguna beach Lifeguard Tower_talke
I took a cruise to Laguna on Thursday nite to grab a few HDR’s and walked around downtown and headed back to my car after sunset. At Main Beach you can find a basketball court, volleyball courts, a cute little wood (boardwalk style) pathway, beautiful beach, restaurants, shops, hotels….you name it is there! Blue hour was happening during my walk back and I took this shot. Laguna rocks!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower – Fisheye (HDR)

Eiffel Tower Fish HDR SW_Talke
Back to Paris for one more photo….my favorite spot in the world….looking at the Eiffel Tower! This was a fisheye lens to grab an expanded view underneath the tower. Enjoy the view!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Paris, France – The Louvre (HDR)

Louvre_Talke
Paris is my favorite city in the world. I am lucky enough to have been there numerous times. I love just walking around the city exploring. The Louvre at night is wonderful. Crowds have diminished and the pyramids are ready to be HDR’d!

I have added the color version of this shot today to my HDR Backgrounds for Composites…this one would be a cool background! Link is here…HDR Backgrounds

Tampa, Florida – Skyline (HDR)

Tampa-Skyline-Talke
From the left coast of Florida you can find the city of Tampa. It is a cute small city and you can find the Tampa Rays, Lowry Park, Busch Gardens and it is close to some great beaches! Who is up for a vacation? Enjoy!

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

Miami, Florida – Breakwater Hotel (HDR)


From South Beach in Miami where you can find some sweet hotels lit up at nite along the strip. This is Breakwater Hotel. Looks broken down on this day. Doors might have been closed for renovations…but lights still work!! I checked out their site…all remodeled and they state it is the sexiest hotel in South Beach! Looks nice! $209/nite for a November stay. Time to hit Miami!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower (HDR)


It has been a while since my last post of an Eiffel Tower pic…so I decided to bust one out today! A fisheye view of the tower. Its holiday weekend here in the US. Have a great long weekend!!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro 2, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Miami Beach, Florida – Colony Hotel (HDR)


From the colorful Miami Beach here is the the Colony Hotel. I awoke this day around 5 AM and went down to the main strip to catch the lights. It was quiet…luckily! Typically its crazy. I must say being middle aged…Miami is def a place for youth and the party people! The women are dressed up at 10 AM and you can find all kinds of odd folks there as well. One time me and the family stayed at a hotel on the strip and had to check out the next morning. Everyone was partying in the hotel at 2 AM. Too much for me…my party days are over. And I also needed my rest to get up in a few hours to catch photos of the sunrise! LOL

It was summer at this time and the standard Florida camera situation arose this AM. I came from a nice cool air conditioned hotel room. Parked on the strip. Grabbed my camera, took it out and due to the high humidity…it fogged up right away. Just wiping it does not help. You have to wait about 10 mins for it to adjust. I had forgot about this and had to wait it out. Just in time before the sun rose…I grabbed the shot above. Enjoy your weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 13.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Bee Cave, TX – City Hall (HDR)


It seems almost like winter arrived into Austin on Thursday nite! We dipped down to about 60 degrees with a cold 20 mph wind. Just the day before it was near 85 degrees. I had wanted to take this photo above for some time. It is located at our local mall…the Hill Country Galleria. The City Hall and Library are located in the mall as well. One entrance has this wonderful waterfall and I targeted a nasty nite to photograph it…Thursday was perfect! You can tell the wind was blowing by looking at the flags and some of the flowers. I took these shots to help support local business. I occasionally supply pictures to our local magazine newsletters for covers. I did a vertical version of this shot and maybe you will see it soon on the Bee Cave Messenger? Here is one of my photos on the cover from last month.

I have been traveling for many years and always enjoy photographing locations around the globe, but sometimes you can find wonderful shots close to your home. Have fun and stay warm!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 15.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, , OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6