New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall (HDR)

Radio City HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

I was in NYC a few weeks back and had a few hours to grab a few shots.  We walked around Rockefeller Center and I had always wanted to get an HDR of Radio City Music Hall.   I took a few versions, but I liked this grand shot with the car lights cruising by.   A colorful street corner!    I have never been to any event at Radio City…I hear it is wonderful!

Here is some info from the web:  The names “Radio City” and “Radio City Music Hall” derive from one of the complex’s first tenants, the Radio Corporation of America. Radio City Music Hall was a project of Rockefeller; Samuel Roxy Rothafel, who previously opened the Roxy Theatre in 1927; and RCA chairman David Sarnoff. RCA had developed numerous studios for NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, just to the south of the Music Hall, and the radio-TV complex that lent the Music Hall its name is still known as the NBC Radio City Studios.

The Music Hall opened to the public on December 27, 1932 with a lavish stage show featuring Ray Bolger and Martha Graham. The opening was meant to be a return to high-class variety entertainment. The new format was not a success. The program was very long and individual acts were lost in the cavernous hall. On January 11, 1933, the Music Hall converted to the then familiar format of a feature film with a spectacular stage show which Rothafel had perfected at the Roxy Theatre. The first film was shown on the giant screen was Frank Capra’s The Bitter Tea of General Yen starring Barbara Stanwyck and the Music Hall became the premiere showcase for films from the RKO-Radio Studio. The film plus stage spectacle format continued at the Music Hall until 1979 with four complete performances presented every day.

Radio City has 5,933 seats for spectators; it became the largest movie theater in the world at the time of its opening. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, the interior of the theater, with decor by Donald Deskey, incorporates glass, aluminum, chrome, and geometric ornamentation. Deskey rejected the Rococo embellishment generally used for theaters at that time in favor of a contemporary Art Deco style, borrowed heavily from a European Modern aesthetic style, of which he was the foremost exponent at the time.

Great stuff!  I’d love to see a concert there one day!  New York is one of the best cities in the world!!!  I can visit again and again!


Laguna Beach, CA (HDR)

Laguna HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

California Dreaming!  Whenever I post a photo from Southern California – it makes me want to move back!  Hopefully one day!  Here is a photo from the beach by the Montage Spa & Resort.  If you check back on my older posts from Laguna…you can read all about this wonderful SoCal location!     If you are here and want to go for a swim…its chilly year round!    If you are in Orange County…you must stop here for some amazing views of the California Coast!   Life is a beach!

Innsbruck, Austria – city view from Bergisel


NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200

I travel to Innsbruck every year for business. Its a lovely small city in Austria.  Austria is filled with great cities: Innsbruck, Vienna and Salzburg.  If you are a skiier…Innsbruck is for you!  Take a look at those mountains!  Last year they opened a tram to the top…we went up in May.  It was spring in the city and snow up at the top!   This photo was from a location called Bergisel Hill.

Flying into Innsbruck airport when there is snow on the mountains, is possibly the most beautiful inbound flights in the world.  The city is surrounded by amazing moutain ranges that go on for miles and miles.  Unfortunately, most flights are prop planes and the ride can get bumpy…but well worth the view…make sure to get a window seat.

The so-called Battles of Bergisel were four battles fought between the forces of French Emperor Napoleon I and Bavaria against Tyrolean militiamen and a few Austrian soldiers at the Bergisel hill nearInnsbruck. They occurred between 12 April and 1 November 1809.  At the top of the hill now you can find the famous ski jump from the 1976 Olympics.  We went there and had lunch at the top of the ski jump and this is the view of the city below.  I do enjoy visiting Innsbruck.  It is always a very small plane ride in from Germany or wherever I am coming from.  Enjoy.

New York, NY – Rockefeller Center (HDR)

Rockefeller Center HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

It is almost Christmas time and here is a calm photo of Rockefeller Center before the holiday rush.  Soon in the back you will see a BIG X-Mas tree and lots of holiday lights.  It is a great sight to visit when you are in NYC.  One spot I have never visited is the “Top of the Rock” – a wonderful view of NYC from above Rockefeller Center…I should have a shot from here soon (hopefully)!  I will be in NYC sometime in Dec for a holiday visit!

Here is some info from the web on the center:  The Center is a combination of two building complexes: the older and original 14 Art Deco office buildings from the 1930s, and a set of four International-style towers built along the west side of Avenue of the Americas during the 1960s and 1970s (plus the Lehman Brothers Building). (The Time-Life Building, McGraw-Hill and News Corporation/Fox News Channel headquarters are part of these “newer” Rockefeller Center buildings now owned/managed by the major private real estate firm, Rockefeller Group.).  Enjoy!

Spicewood, Texas – Krause Springs (HDR)

Krause Springs HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

For the weekend I wanted to post one more shot from Krause Springs.   I’d call this “Fall in Texas”.  I was setting up my tripod along the little brook and noticed the sun breaking through the trees as it was setting.  I snapped away hoping to get a sun flare effect…and I got lucky!    Its great to see that trees in Texas (at least some) do change color in the fall!   Enjoy fall where you are…winter is coming soon!

Spicewood, Texas – Krause Springs (HDR)

Krause Springs HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

We have been enjoying driving around Austin recently seeing the sights.  Its amazing how many great little spots there are here in our area!  Here is another cute spot called Krause Springs.  It is a local natural swimming and camping location.  I took this shot with my tripod and cable release – 5 exposures and post processed in Photomatix.  It was my first visit and we only spent about an hour there.  I need  to go back and explore.   I bet there are much more beautiful spots to see here!  I have a few cool HDR shots from here…so I will post em soon!

Here is a quick note fro the web:  Krause Springs is a well-known camping & swimming site located in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. It is located in Spicewood, Texas approximately 30 miles west of Austin. The 115 acre property is listed on the National Registry of Historical Sites and has been privately owned by the Krause Family for over 50 years.

Krause Springs has many natural sites to explore. There are 32 springs on the property, and several feed the manmade pool and the natural pool which flows into Lake Travis. It’s a refreshing treat to swim in the Springs during the hot summers of Texas! If camping is in your plans, there is primitive tent camping as well as 24 RV sites with water and electricity available. Guests are also welcome to relax and to stroll through the Butterfly Gardens; take time to listen to the music of the wind chimes and the fountains during your visit!

This is definitely a place 2 explore!  Enjoy!