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.

Boulder, Colorado – Flatirons (Infrared)

From one of my favorite states to visit in the US…Colorado….this photo above is from Boulder of the famous Flatirons.  Just located a few minutes away from downtown, you can see the Flatirons from many places as they sit a little above the city.   I have yet to walk up the trails next to them…one day!  But I’d have to have a half day for hiking.  It would be amazing to see snow on the cool rocks!  I bet they might have snow in CO right now?   Tis the season!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 36.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/13 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

Boulder, Colorado – A Hike in the Woods (HDR)

After a day of work I had the evening free and wanted to go walk near the Flatirons in lovely Boulder, CO.  The best area to view or walk amongst them is a Chautauqua Park…located just minutes from downtown Boulder.  Here you park and can walk numerous trails around the mountains.  It was about 6 PM and groups were gathering, preparing for hikes.  Now I am not a big hiker…especially with an extra 20 lbs of camera gear on my back…but wanted to see the Flatirons as close as possible and decided to head up the hills!  It was a toasty 85 degrees, so when I wanted to take a break, I set up my tripod and snapped a few pics.  I lasted about for about 40 minutes uphill and wanted to head back to get a sunset shot in the open grounds.  This shot above was from my trek back…downhill!  Whew!!    Such a wonderful place to enjoy nature!    I read there are trails that go up above the Flatirons to a place called the Royal Arch.  Sounds like another hike one day!

Click here for trail maps and park info.  Chautauqua Park I’d love to be there when snow is falling…I can imagine its amazing!!  I;ll post a Flatiron HDR soon!  Enjoy!

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/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
  • San Antonio, Texas – Mission San Jose (HDR)

    In San Antonio there is a Mission Trail filled with great photographic spots.   Before we went downtown to San Antonio a few weeks ago, we stopped in at Mission San Jose.    It is only about 10 minutes from the city and easy to get to.     Mission San Jose is supposed to be the most beautiful of the bunch.    The Mission Trail list consists of the following:  The Alamo, Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada.  They all are very close to each other.  I must say Mission San Jose was wonderful!  It was a cloudy day and perfect for HDR!   This photo is form the side of the Mission and here you can view its famous arches.

    One of my goals in 2010 is to learn more about Photoshop and try new things (plug ins, styles, and actually learn more about using Photoshop!).  So I thought this was a perfect time to try using textures.  Something I have never done before.   It is fairly easy and only takes a few minutes!  Add a the texture layer and overlay…maybe a little touch up and that’s it!    So above is my first textured photo!  I figured with old historic Mission a rustic feel might add to it?   The photo is also and HDR.   Hope you enjoy!   I know with any new style, people can go crazy…so I will make sure to keep my textures in check!

    This was the only Mission we visited this day, but I will surely go back!   I’d like to return in the spring and photograph all of them!     I have a few more photos from this day and I will post them soon.  Here is some quick info on Mission san Jose:   While the Alamo is the most widely known and visited, travelers shouldn’t make it their sole stop inside San Antonio Missions National Park. The San José, established in 1720, was a model for other missions–and the most prosperous. Located just south of the Alamo, this “Queen of the Missions” represented a social and cultural center. Its 300 residents sustained themselves by raising livestock and tending to vast fields. The mission had its own gristmill and granary, which have been restored. At the church, look for flying buttresses, carvings, quatrefoil patterns, polychromatic plaster and the famed “Rose Window,” a superb example of Spanish Colonial ornamentation. Explore the stairway that leads to the belfry and choir loft; all 25 risers were hand-hewn form a single log and assembled without the use of nails or pegs.

    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/16
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Textures