San Antonio, Texas – Mission San Jose (HDR)

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From San Antonio, TX, this is beautiful Mission San Jose. The Mission trail in San Antonio offers 5 mission to visit and this is my favorite! Before I left Texas and had hoped to see them all…but only went to a couple. One day I will be back.

San Antonio, Texas – San Fernando Cathedral (HDR)

On the day I drove down to Imaging USA in San Antonio….I met up with my good friend Chris Reilly.  We wanted to photograph the San Fernando Cathedral before the show opened.  It was early and as we walked up…the doors were open!  The sun was about to rise and the Church was all lit up due to the darkness.  We grabbed a few shots and enjoyed the view!  I had never been inside…a lovely church indeed!  It is located downtown and just a few minutes from the River Walk!

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 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza, Photo Tools 2.6

 

San Antonio, Texas – Sunset Station (HDR)

During my visit to San Antonio to attend Imaging USA…I mentioned to Chris that we stop by Sunset Station.  It is just minutes from downtown.  We arrived early so we could not get into the restaurant to shoot the famous stair shot.  Next time.  I had seen that they have this old train out front and the sun was just coming out from the clouds, so I set my tripod low and grabbed this angle.  I thought a little texture, gritty noise and  a hue change might suit the photo.  It was the only photo I took of the train.  Not bad. I have some other ideas for this location next visit!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 F/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 13.0mm
  • 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, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Textures

 

Imaging USA Exhibit – San Antonio, TX

I attended my first Imaging USA Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas…had a great time walking the show with my good friend Chris Reilly of Chris Reilly Photography.   As I am getting into portraits…it was wonderful to see  so many things that I would like to buy!   Backdrops, books, Nikon booth, Think Tank, etc…   I stopped by the Nikon booth and Chris took this IPhone shot of me playing with the Nikon 600mm f/4 lens….worth $14,000!!!  It is great to dream!

I did have my DSLR with me and my 50 f/1.4 lens and grabbed a few shots walking around of the show…MPix, Nikon booth’s!  Had fun.  They also have great classes to take, so looks like I have to travel to New Orleans next year for a few days!

San Antonio, Texas – Hilton Hotel (HDR)

Only 3 days til Xmas!  Just wanted to add this shot from downtown San Antonio, Texas.  We visited last year and the Hilton was lit up as above.  So cool!  I give the hotel credit…never seen anything like this before!  Enjoy the holiday season!! Hope you got your shopping completed???   Another post coming soon!

San Antonio, Texas – Boar-ed at the Zoo (HDR)

Earlier this summer we hit the San Antonio Zoo.  I’ll admit that it is a challenge to take shots of zoo animals.  You hope for them to be in the right spot and angle. But sometimes you catch them in a mid afternoon snooze!  This dude was out like a light! I am sure his life is super exciting…so I understand his deep sleep.  LOL   Cute little fellow!  I see he has his mud cream on.   I still have some zoo targets to get…a Lion, Tiger, Zebra.  I am certain I can have fun with those shots in Photoshop!   Waco Zoo is my trip…sometime in the fall when it cools down in Texas.  Hope you are having a great summer!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 180.0mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Exposure:  1/806 (Single RAW HDR)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • San Antonio, Texas – River Walk (Infrared)

    San Antonio is a cute little city!   The main tourist location is the River Walk.  A great spot for walking, river boat cruises, shopping and food!   I grabbed this shot on one of the river boat cruises.  The Alamo is walking distance as well!   Summer time may be sweltering, but spring and fall are wonderful!  ..and at XMas they light up the whole River Walk!    San Antonio is  a short one and hour half drive from Austin.   Texas has some great cities…Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio!   Come visit our great state and enjoy all that it has to offer!   Don’t forget to grab some BBQ and delicious BIG steaks!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
    • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
    • Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 25.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/60 sec
    • Aperture:  f/5.6
    • Gear:  Hand held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro