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

    St. Augustine, FL – Lightner Museum (HDR)

    From the lovely town of St. Augustine, Florida across the street from Flagler College is the Lightner Museum.    While walking around downtown, I noticed this building.  I wanted to check it out.  As soon as you walk in there is a sign posted…”Photographers must make an appointment for portrait shots”.  Interesting I thought!  Possible a nice place inside?  You walk in from the arch straight ahead in the photo.  They have this lovely pond and garden in the middle of the building.  I can now see why the sign was posted.  I am certain brides and family portraits would be great here!  That cute little bridge in the middle of the pond is perfect!

    As I was not shooting portraits, I snapped away a few HDR’s.  For this shot, I was on the ground getting my knees dirty.  I wanted the foreground to be the flowers leading into the water.  From above it was just ok…but ground level was nice!  I had to wait for a family taking photos on the bridge….I can imagine this spot is busy during the summer!!

    Here is some info from the web:  The Lightner Museum is a museum of antiquities, mostly American Victorian, housed within a historic hotel building in downtown St. Augustine, Florida, USA. The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The museum occupies three floors of the former Hotel Alcazar, commissioned by Henry M. Flagler to appeal to wealthy tourists who traveled there on his railroad, and built in 1887 in the Spanish Renaissance style. It was designed by architects Carrère and Hastings, who also designed the Ponce de León Hotel across the street (now part of Flagler College). Both buildings are notable as being among the earliest examples of poured concrete buildings in the world. These architects later designed the New York Public Library and the U.S. Senate office building.

    The building is an attraction in itself, centering on an open palm courtyard with an arched stone bridge spanning a fishpond. The Museum is housed in the former health facilities of the hotel, i.e, the spa and Turkish bath, as well as its three-story ballroom.  The museum’s first floor houses a Victorian village, with shop fronts representing emporia selling period wares; a Victorian Science and Industry Room displays shells, rocks, minerals, and Native American artifacts in beautiful turn-of-the-20th-century cases, as well as stuffed birds, a small Egyptian mummy, model steam engines, elaborate examples of Victorian glassblowing, golden elephant bearing the world on its back, and a shrunken head; and a Music Room, filled with mechanized musical instruments—including player pianos, reproducing pianos, orchestrions, and others—dating from the 1870s through the 1920s.  The second floor contains examples of cut glass, Victorian art glass and stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studio. The third floor, in the ballroom’s upper balcony, exhibits paintings, sculpture, and furniture, include agrande escritoire created for Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland, in the period 1806-1810.

    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/22.0
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable Release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    St. Augustine, Florida – St. Augustine Basilica (HDR)

    One of the top sights to see in St. Augustine is the Basilica.  A beautiful little church…a must visit while you are in town!!

    Here is some info from the web: The city of St. Augustine was founded and established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. He began his adventure by sailing from the port of Cádiz, Spain. On August 28 of that year his expedition first sighted land along the east coast of Florida (the area that is today Cape Canaveral). It was the feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo, August 28. Menéndez decided to give that saint’s name to his first settlement.

    While Catholicism may have seemed dead in Florida from the arrival of the English, since all the Catholic Spaniards departed for Caribbean ports, the arrival of a workforce composed of Minorcans, Italians, and Greeks in 1767 at what is now New Smyrna Beach led to the resurgence of the Catholic faith on the peninsula and, eventually, in the City of St. Augustine. When Andrew Turnbull’s plantation in New Smyrna began to fail in 1777, the laborers, under the leadership of Francisco Pellicer and Father Pedro Camps, sought refuge in St. Augustine. With their arrival, a rebirth of the faith in the city took place. When Britain ceded Florida back to Spain in 1784, Spanish Catholicism returned, as well.  In 1786, the Spanish crown ordered the construction of a new parish church for St. Augustine. The property bounded by St. George Street on the west, Treasury St. on the north and the plaza to the south was chosen as the site. The cornerstone was laid in 1793 and the church was completed in August 1797. The first Mass was celebrated on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

    History is wonderful!  I enjoy reading these little tidbits when I make a post.   I visited a Fort here in St. Augustine called Castillo de San Marcos.  Always fun when you visit a castle or fort that has cannons pointing out for protection.  St. Augustine is indeed rich with historical relevance!

    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, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

    St. Augustine, Florida – A Break in the Clouds (HDR)

    When in Florida a few weeks back I had a Saturday AM to do anything the day before the race.  I had always wanted to visit St. Augustine.  There are a few historical sights there to see and visit.  From Orlando it was about a 75 minute drive to get there.  My goal was to get a beach shot with the sun rising.   Time was important, so I left at 5:23 AM and arrived at St. Augustine Beach at 6:36 AM…20 minutes before the sunrise!  Whew!   With all the cold weather we have been having in the US…it was amazing to me that on Feb 13th this AM it was only 37 degrees in Florida!!   Yikes!!!

    When I drove up to the beach I got out and and checked out the scene.  About 1/2 mile away I saw this pier in the distance!  Bonus!  I jumped in and drove to it…just a fishing pier with a parking lot.  I sat in the car for a few minutes…at the beach there probably was a 15-20 mile wind….subtract that with 37 degrees = freezing my &$#@* off!!  …in Florida???  What luck!   So about 10 minutes before sunrise I started taking many HDR’s.  The sky was perfect, but I was worried the sun would not be able to pop through the clouds.

    The around 7:15 AMish…the sun rose…and magically the clouds somewhat broke!  I had my opportunity!  I was taking 5 exposures, moving a few feet and taking more and more HDRs!   I could see that the sun was pumping out the flares…wonderful!!  …I knew time was short.    What was also great… the waves were large!  Probably 5-10 feet and breaking all over!!  Coming in strong at a 45 degree angle!  The sun disappeared in 10 minutes and I did as well in 20 minutes.  My hands were frozen!!  All worth it!!!  The fun of photography!!   I’ll post another shot from St. Augustine next week.

    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, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza