Austin. TX – Hamilton Poll (Infrared)

When we moved to Austin, TX I had no idea there were many parks and great waterfalls in the area!!   Hamilton Pool is one the the best when flowing strong!  If you are coming to Austin or live here…these are my favorite waterfalls…

1) Gorman Falls (1.5 hours from Austin) – Bend, TX

2) Hamilton Pool

3) Westcave Preserve

4) Krause Springs

5) McKinney Falls

Are there more?  Bull Creek, Zilker Park, St. Edwards Park…any more spots?  If you know of any, post it in the comments.  I’d like to visit Bull Creek and St. Edwards one day soon!   Enjoy the beauty of nature!

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: 34.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/5 sec
  • Aperture:  f/25
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro
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Nurnberg, Germany – St. Lorenz Cathedral (HDR)

I was having a little photoshop fun last nite with an HDR.  I saw a lesson on how to create this special effect on some small brochure and wanted to give it a try.  Now I admit not to being anything close to knowledgeable at Photoshop. I know the basics on how to process my HDR’s and that is about it.  I can add textures easily…no problem…but for this I tried to add my moon shot…it was cool..but my moon needed to be sharper and crisp on the edges.  Maybe a stock moon shot would have worked better?   Here is the moon version…small and from afar it looks great, but up close it was messy.    But at least I figured it out!  I’ll find a stock shot of a moon and give it a try one day again in the future.

I promised myself this year to learn Photoshop and how to really work on layers. After my summer travel schedule slows down, this fall, I will get to work on learning Photoshop.  I am certain there are some cool things you can do to a photo.  I will not use it all the time, but its like texturing…done correctly, it can create great art!  I gladly will diversify my photography skills, why not my photoshop skills as well!  Original Shot…

Any skilled Photoshoppers want to teach me?  =)  Matt Kloskowski…shoot me an email!  LOL  I am a member of NAPP and Kelby Training…so study time is due one day soon!

San Francisco, CA – Grace Cathedral (HDR)

Grace Cathedral (on Nob Hill) in San Francisco is a wonderful location to photograph.  No problem with tripods inside or out!  Its a bit tricky to grab an outside photo.  Lots of stuff going on in front of this beautiful building.  A street and this little park are the only options.  On this chilly day, I finished my interior shots and waited for the blue hour to arrive.  Seems as though it is a doggie walking area…as all the wealthy on Nob Hill use it for a meeting spot to chat and let their dogs enjoy some fresh air.    So the challenge was to get the fountain in the shot while trying to angle the flag pole so it would not affect the shot too much.  Hopefully accomplished?  Its a nice place to relax and enjoy the city sounds.

Some info from the web on Nob Hill: The area was settled in the rapid urbanization happening in the city in the late 19th century. Because of the views and its central position, it became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in theneighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University and other members of The Big Four. The neighborhood was completely destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire, except for the granite wall that had surrounded the Stanford and Hopkins mansions. The mansion of tycoon James Flood, though gutted by fire, was rebuilt and stands to this day as the headquarters of the Pacific-Union Club. While the neighborhood was able to maintain its affluence following the quake, many of the rich rebuilt their mansions further west in Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow. Many of the hotels now in the area were built over the ruins of the former mansions. Since the 1990s, Chinatown to its east has been slowly expanding into the neighborhood, shifting its demographics to a more Chinese characteristic.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 16.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Frankfurt, Germany – MyZeil (HDR)

    I was in Frankfurt the past week for work and had a Sunday afternoon to shoot around town for a few hours.  My standard technique to to plug in “Frankfurt” into Google and/or Flickr and find some cool locations to photograph.  While searching I came across a place called My Zeil.  What a cool looking place!  The German Designers rocked this location!!!   This design is for a shopping mall in the heart of Frankfurt!   It had this super cool glass front with a circular hole that twists inwards…like a black hole!  I’ll post this hole shot soon!

    Inside is a beautiful curved glass configuration with many floors!  You can even take an escalator from the first floor all the way up to the fourth floor.  This shot is from the fourth floor.  I really liked the curve of the roof in this section.  A great spot for photography!   I took about 30 shots here…I’m sure I can find much more.  But I had to be on my way to grab more city shots.  If you are even in Frankfurt…check out My Zeil!  A perfect spot for shopping and photography!

    Info from the web:  The MyZeil is a shopping mall in the city center of Frankfurt. It is part of the building ensembles PalaisQuartier and forms in which access to the Zeil shopping street. It was on 26 February 2009 during a public presentation of Frankfurt’s Mayor Petra Roth officially opened and recorded according to press reports on the first day 120,000 visitors. Because of massive interest visitors were admitted to the first few days only in phases, at times the queues at the entrances. After two weeks, the brand has exceeded one million visitors.

    The MyZeil is on six floors with one of the longest escalators in Germany (46 meters Ruhrmuseum tapped Zollverein 58 meters. The gross floor under the vaulted, with about 3,200 triangular glass-based structure is 77,000 square meters, to retail in the bottom three floors account for about 52,000 square meters. Anchor tenant in the basement are bullet is a Rewe-Markt (food), Anson’s (menswear with many leading fashion labels) to three Part bullets and (in the third / fourth floor Saturn electronics and home appliances market) to 7500 square meters. In the upper floors there is a ‘gastro-boulevard “with restaurants, a fitness club (Fitness First), with height and a spacious pool games and care for children. The total of nearly 100 shops were rented out to open about 97 percent, however, not all related. The square meter price expected to amount to a record high of up to 485 euros.

    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/20
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4 & CS5, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Heidelberg, Germany – Sunset City View (HDR)

    Here is a city view Sunset shot of the amazingly beautiful little city in Germany – Heidelberg.  It was my first visit ever.  I only had 2 hours to grab as many shots as possible, every minute was worth it.  I had a few of my friends tell me to visit… as it was one of their favorite cities in Germany.  Just the little time I was there….I agree!   This view was from the Heidelberg Castle overlooking the city.  We took a 10 minute taxi ride from the Train Station and arrived at 8 PM.  We walked around the castle grounds…lovely!   When we finished we took a walk down many steps to the Market Place below (Gold Sphere).  At the lower middle of the picture you can see a parting of the buildings…these are the steps down to the town.  A nice workout!  I’d hate to walk up to the castle…whew!  Taxi!!!  LOL

    Around the Cathedral in the middle of the town you can find many shops and cute little hotels.  I heard from my friend Mike that Zum Ritter was a great one.  I made the post the other day and it seems many have visited this wonderful place.  If you have any other hotel ideas…please let me know.  I may be back in September and would enjoy staying the nite.  One target spot I have seen before is right across the river up in the open grassy area…a great shot for a city/castle view!   Another shot coming next month.

    Some info form the web:  Heidelberg is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As of 2008, over 145,000 people live within the city’s 109 square kilometres (42 sq mi) area. Heidelberg is a unitary authority. The Rhein-Neckar-Kreis rural district surrounds and has its seat in the city, but the city is not a part of the district.  Heidelberg lies on the river Neckar at the point where it leaves its narrow, steep valley in the Odenwald to flow into the Rhine valley. 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Heidelberg, it joins the river Rhine at Mannheim. Heidelberg is part of a densely populated region known as the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VR
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Austin, Texas – Cathedral of St. Mary (HDR)

    Here is a cute little Cathedral in midst of downtown Austin.   It is just a few blocks form the Capitol Building.  A great spot to stop by and grab a few shots while on a photo walk!

    Info from the web:  Saint Mary’s Cathedral is the seat of the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin, Texas in the United States. The origins of this church date back to the 1850s, when the Catholic community in Austin, Texas (then the new state’s temporary capital with a population of around 600) built a small stone church named St. Patrick’s on the corner of 9th and Brazos streets. In 1866 the church was renamed Saint Mary’s, and the parish decided they needed a new church and could afford masonry construction. In 1872, after Austin was made the permanent capital of the state, the parish laid the cornerstone for a new church, choosing a location one block north of the original building.

    The parish had laid out a basilica-shaped foundation and begun raising the walls, which were five feet high when the architect Nicholas J. Clayton began to design their new church. Eventually to become the foremost Victorian architect in Texas, Clayton had never designed a church and Saint Mary’s was his first independent commission. Born in Ireland in 1840, Clayton learned masonry and building design in Cincinnati, and came to Galveston in 1872 on behalf of his Ohio firm. At the time, Austin was part of the Diocese of Galveston, and it may have been through the Holy Cross fathers that the bishop connected Nicholas Clayton with the first Catholic parish in Austin. This church began Clayton’s long, prolific career centered in Galveston, building primarily ecclesiastical structures but also commercial buildings and homes.

    Originally this parish belonged to the diocese of Galveston. When the new Diocese of Austin was formed in 1948, this became the church from which the new bishop would preside. Because the bishop is the successor to the apostles, sent to preach the gospel, his church is called a cathedral from the Latin word “cathedra”, the chair from which he presides. At that time, the church was remodeled, many of its neo-Gothic decorations were removed, and the neo-Gothic altars and altar rail were replaced with 20th century marble and the baldachino with its cactus and bluebonnets, evocative of central Texas.  The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 1973.

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 20.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/4
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable Release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    Myrtle Beach, SC – Under the Boardwalk (HDR)

    Its time for summer vacation…we are hitting Myrtle Beach again.   This shot was from last summer’s visit.  I love HDR pier shots…hope to find another pier this year?  Myrtle Beach is a fun spot to get away.  I plan to hit a new spot this time…called Brookgreen.  Looks beautiful!!!  Perfect for IR and HDR.   Details in a few weeks.  Hope you have fun plans for the summer!  Life is a beach!!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 19.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/4
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix