St. Augustine, FL (Infrared)


From the lovely St. Augustine, FL…a place meant for Infrared photos. Any location with palm trees will rock in IR! Added effects thanks to textures and onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite. Not sure if there are any sports fans out there…the Jan 30th issue of Sports Illustrated in the first few pages of photos had an infrared sports shot in the magazine! It was a golf tournament…very cool! Click here to see it…Sports Illustrated. It is the first time I have seen IR used in a mainstream publication. Very cool!!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 18.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/0.8 sec
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Color Efex pro

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

St. Augustine – Castillo de San Marcos (HDR)

If you ever want to go back in time, visit the lovely St. Augustine, Florida.  Here you can take a tour of the old Castillo de San Marcos.  It is Spanish Fortification at its best. It was the most northern outpost for Spain during their New World Empire.   Great to see old canon’s and the living quarters from years ago!  Time has taken its toll on this fort, but it a great place to stop by and relive history.

Info from the web:  he Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United States located in the city of St. Augustine, Florida. Construction was begun on the fort in 1672 by the Spanish when Florida was a Spanish possession. During the twenty year period of British occupation from 1763 until 1784, the fort was renamed Fort St. Mark , and after Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821 the fort was again renamed to Fort Marion, in honor of revolutionary war hero Francis Marion. In 1942 the original name of Castillo de San Marcos was restored by Congress.

The European city of St. Augustine was founded by admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés for the Spanish Crown in 1565 on a site of a former Native American village. Over the next one hundred years, the Spanish built nine wooden forts for the defense of the town in various locations. Following the 1668 attack of the English pirate Robert Searle, Mariana Queen Regent of Spain, approved the construction of a masonry fortification to protect the city. The Castillo is a masonry star fort made of a stone called coquina, Spanish for “little shells”, made of ancient shells that have bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. Workers were brought in from Havana, Cuba, to construct the fort in addition to Native American laborers. The coquina was quarried from Anastasia Island in what is today Anastasia State Park across Matanzas Bay from the Castillo, and ferried across to the construction site. Construction began on October 2, 1672 and lasted twenty-three years, being completed in 1695.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • St. Augustine, FL – Basilica (HDR)

    St. Augustine is a great city for photography.  I only spent an AM here and came away with many HDRs!  The Basilica in the center of town is wonderful!   Such Golden tones!   It was quiet inside this day and I tried many different angles. The red ceiling is so very nice with the dark wood.  Great designers from years ago!  Ahead of their time!  How many of us have red and gold tones in our houses?  I know I do!  Sorry the shot looks crooked…its always tough when these old buildings have so many lines…we can only pick one!  So I chose the floor.  We all know time makes things shift!  LOL  Have fun!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable Release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • St. Augustine, Florida – Flagler College (HDR)

    While taking a stroll through St. Augustine, FL earlier this year and came across this wonderful little college.  Right inthe heart of St. Augustine.  The architecture was beautiful on the outside, so I took a stroll inside.  Very nice!  I walked in the first door and this was the view!  I set up my tripod and right afgter I took the shot a security guard came up and asked me to take down my camera rig as no pictures were allowed.  Hmmm…a private college? Not sure.  But at least I got one shot!  =)  Looks like a great place to go to school!!

    Some info fro the web:   Flagler College, often abbreviated as Flagler, is a private four-year liberal arts college in St. Augustine, Florida, USA and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008.

    The college has been named in recent years by US News & World Report as one of the southeast region’s best comprehensive liberal arts colleges, and is included on its list of “America’s Best Colleges”. Its 2009-2010 tuition is $13,300 (excluding room and board) and its acceptance rate is an average of 35 to 45 percent of its annual applications.

    The Princeton Review ranks Flagler in the top tier of southeastern colleges, and its campus as one of the most beautiful in the United States. It is currently included in the Princeton Review’s Best 366 Colleges Rankings.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • 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