Austin, Texas – Capitol Building (Infrared)

This past Saturday was the Scott Kelby Photo Walk 2010.   I lead the group on a downtown Photo Walk.  We had a wonderful turn out and I had a chance to meet some existing friends and some new ones!  Photo Walks’s are great…everyone usually has a camera and tripod…so you fit right in!!  Skills vary from the beginner to possible a pro!  My 6 year old daughter even joined the walk for a bit.  I think we even had a 3 year old out there taking shots!  Whether you were shooting standard, HDR, IR, Macro, Street photography…it was a perfect nite!   Not too hot for Austin…about 93 degrees.    We lasted till 9:30 PM.  A few of us walked down in hopes to see the Bats at sunset, but they decided not to fly out.  Possible weather patterns or babies are being cared for?  Not sure, but we did get a few shots from Congress Avenue at the blue hour.  I set up a Flickr Group for our Photo Walk for those that might want to see our shots.  It may take a few days for it to fill up…so check back often.  We met up afterwards and it was great to chat and compare shots.  Everyone has a different “Camera Eye”…to see the world through another persons point of view is what photography is all about!

I didn’t take many shots this nite, but did get a chance to shoot a few infrared photos before the sunset….this is the Capitol Building from a different point of view.  I’ll gladly teach anyone about IR…just shoot me an email!  If you were at your local Photo Walk…how did it go?   Have fun!   I’ll get another Photo Walk together next year in Austin….this time at UT Campus!

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: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/15 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
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Cleveland, Ohio – Garfield’s Tomb (HDR)

I was in Cleveland this past week and noted a few places 2 explore.  One on my hit list was located at the Lakeview Cemetery.  I have never shot at a cemetery, but this was different…I had no notions of shooting gravestones.  At Lakeview they have a big building…Garfield’s Tomb.  I had seen photos and it looked perfect for HDR!  I got in late on my flight and was joined by my friend David.  We only had 30 minutes to shoot and the Tomb is only open daily from 9-4 PM.  So we did our best.  Got off a few shots and was cut short on a few I wanted to try…so I will have to visit again one day!  As you can tell the ceiling is very cool.  A great location indeed!  Post another shot here soon.  Kinda eerie driving around the graves, good thing it was daylight!  =)

Info from the web: Built in memory of the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield. The Monument is open daily April 1st through November 19th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and is staffed with a guide.  In the crypt directly below the Memorial Hall are the bronze caskets of President Garfield (draped with an American Flag) and his wife Lucretia.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Brookgreen Gardens (Fractalius)

Finally…a shot I have always wanted to try!!!!   The American Bald Eagle is the symbol is the United States of America.   I have always seen shots form other people and was hopeful one day to get mine!  We were in Myrtle Beach for vacation and I had wanted to visit the famous Brookgreen Gardens.  I will post am HDR shot and tell you more details soon.   At Brookgreen there is a small zoo.  I noticed they had Bald Eagles on the list!  Nice!  We arrived and they were in a netted enclosed area.  Ugh!  Tough to shoot through nets!   Then I noticed a hole about 3-4 inches in diameter on the front face of the net (there on purpose)…maybe for people to take photos??  I stuck my big Nikon 70-200 though it (hoodless as it would not fit with the hood)…perfect!  They had a male and female hanging out and I snapped away!!   I love Fractalius and couldn’t wait to see how it would work with a bald eagle! A little photoshop fun…and a cool shot!!  Fractalius is one awesome plug in for photoshop!!  For some reason I always feel so sad for zoo animals…I know they are fed and kept safe, but these magnificent birds should be flying free.

Big Sur, CA – Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Infrared)

Recently I posted a similar shot in HDR…this is the Infrared version.  I was walking away and saw that great big palm tree.  IR + Palm Tree = great combo!  So I set up my tripod and snapped this shot.   As nice background for that palm in IR!  I really wish you can some how get to that beach below!!   The McWay Falls (waterfall below) looks amazing!  I wonder if anyone had ever had approval to shoot it up close?   I just googled it and did not see any close up shots.  Keeping natured preserved is fantastic to see!

Some Info from the Web:  McWay Falls is an 80 foot waterfall located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park that flows year-round. Like Alamere Falls, this waterfall is one of only two in the region that are close enough to the ocean to be referred as “tidefalls”. It is located onMcWay Creek.  Although it can be viewed via a trail from above, the beach and scenic cove below is difficult to access by land, however, it could be easily reached by boat. Even with this possibility, it is not recommended that people visit the beach as a safety precaution due to crumbling cliffs and environmental reasons.

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: 14.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/80 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

Wiesbaden, Germany – St. Bonifatius (HDR)

While in Germany this past year, I had a free Sunday and met up with my good friend Kay Gaensler…another great HDR artist!  Check out his work on Flickr!   I met up with him for an afternoon photo walk in his home town of Wiesbaden.  It was my first visit.  A beautiful little city!!  It was sunny and cold, so we took our cameras into the local churches.  This is one from St. Bonifatius.  A lovely place!!!   If you are near Frankfurt….it took me about 45 minutes via train ride to get to Wiesbaden….a wonderful place to visit for some photos!!!

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/4
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Point Lobos, CA (HDR)

    From a few weeks ago while shooting with my buddy Horace Kwan…our last stop of the day was Point Lobos.  I was walking around and took a step over a small hill and saw this guy eating some flowers.  He was only 10 feet away, and obviously used to humans, so he kept on munching away.  Very cool as I snapped away!  I watched him for about 10 minutes and was hoping to get a cool shot as he was near cliff side of the amazing rocks at Point Lobos.   Here is my next shot zoomed out…so you get the feel of the location.  A nice photographic surprise!!   As it multiple shots, I wont post data…both were single RAW converted HDR’s.

    An amazing location!  Point Lobos is sweet!!

    Paris, France – Moulin Rouge (HDR)

    From my favorite city in the world…Paris.  Here is an icon establishment…Moulin Rouge.  For my many visits to Paris, I had never been across the street at nite to take a photo.  A few weeks ago…I made it my goal.  I had taken a bus tour up in this area one time a few years ago and saw that this part of Paris is a bit questionable.   Going at nite was going to be even more of a challenge.  I was lucky the World Cup was going on and Algeria just won a game…so cars were driving around honking horns and waving flags.   It was near midnight and the outdoor cafes were packed.  Kinda cool to see!  But a block or two before Moulin Rouge is the sex shop/dancer area.  I had to walk through it while coming back from Montmarte.  I had my tripod in hand, but luckily no one bothered me.  Interesting people indeed!  Always fun when you feel out of your element.  Its not all bad, but certain sections are a bit off.

    I arrived at the island overlooking Moulin Rouge!  Set my tripod up and took many shots.  Car trails, short exposures and this long exposure angled shot.  I was there about twenty minutes and was hoping for a good shot.  Now taking HDR’s after sunset in the dark can leave to very noisy shots.  This one needed some help!  Thank goodness for NIK’s DFine 2.0!  A fun and odd nite up on the hill in Paris. I would enjoy going in Moulin Rouge one day…I bet it is amazing?  Anyone been?   To see a show would be cool as well!

    Info fro the web:   Moulin Rouge  is a cabaret built in 1889 by Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris red-light district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18tharrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.

    The Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today the Moulin Rouge is a tourist destination, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. Much of the romance of turn-of-the-century France is still present in the club’s decor.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 32.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/29
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza