Have A Drink on Me! (HDR)


From an ranch in California, here is a sweet rusty old drinking fountain for your viewing pleasure. Rust, mold, cobwebs = more HDR greatness! Where are the most rusty and decaying cities in the US? Time for a photo walk in those locations! I must admit to loving grungy pics!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 82.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/16
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Yorba Linda, CA – Rocking T Ranch (HDR)


From sunny Southern California in a horse loving town called Yorba Linda you can find the excellent equestrian sports center Rocking T Ranch. I’ll post more info on this cool ranch soon. But now I’ll focus on the wonderful town of Yorba Linda. Some info from the web: One of the reasons Yorba Linda is such an attractive place to live is due to its landscaping and extensive trail system. There are some 100 miles of equestrian, biking and walking trails in the City.

The love of horses and the City’s commitment to equestrian activities helps set Yorba Linda apart from other communities. In addition to the well-maintained horse trails, the City has also built three state-of-the-art equestrian arenas. The nearby Chino Hills State Park also affords residents the opportunity to ride in unspoiled wilderness.

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 34.0 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

Fredericksburg, Texas – Longhorns (HDR)

I took the afternoon off yesterday as it is spring break here in Texas.  We took a drive up to Fredericksburg to go see Enchanted Rock.  From our house…its about 2 hours.  We arrived and the line was so long to get into Enchanted Rock…every one was turning around.  We did the same and proceeded back to the town.  On the way we saw an entrance for a place called Boot Ranch on Route 965.  We googled it and it looked nice….and decided to drive in to check it out.  We were met by a front gate.  Unfortunately, this place is a members only golf, fishing canoeing, tennis, hiking, rock climbing activity location.  So we could not get in.

But on the way before the gate are a few open areas and we saw these guys hanging out by the fence.  They are our local Texas Longhorns.  This is where our University of Texas (in Austin) gets its name…The Longhorns.  Also, you can see the color as well….burnt orange.  Which in my area is a fav color to wear!  These fellows(?)…were curious about me and were only a few feet away.  I assume they though I had food…sorry dudes, only a camera.  The one on the right reminds me of my daughter after taking a few shots…having that “ok, are you done taking pics yet?” look.  LOL Have a great weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Setting: Manual  Mode
  • Focal Length: 50.0 mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:  1/250 second – Single RAW HDR (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/6.3
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Austin, Texas – Cowboy Boots

Here is one more shot from the cool store called Allen’s Boots in downtown Austin.   I gave it a Fractalius touch and here is the original HDR version…below.  Both cool…so a double shot…Texas style!