Las Vegas, Nevada – Bellagio (HDR)

One of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas is the Bellagio.   This shot was form early AM one morning while all the party people were sleeping.  It was only me and the Garden Caretakers.  They were working hard on exchanging flowers…keeping them fresh and beautiful.  This little garden is located right next to the reception and through each season, they have different exhibits.  Very lovely!

Some info from the web: Brilliance abounds inside our breathtaking Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The attention to detail is astounding. The passionate display of nature in all its awe-evoking glory – quite simply, sensational! Let your imagination wander as you assume a leisurely stroll amongst rare natural finds selected distinctively for Bellagio from all over the world.

Admire the essence of every season recreated with exceptionally gorgeous plants, flowers and trees thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor. Specially designed lighting spotlights every flower to accentuate its best features. To ensure the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens maintains magnificence 365 days a year, 140 expert horticulturists theatrically arrange gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features uniquely for each season. Treat yourself to this unrivaled attraction’s ever changing personality for the Holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer, and fall!

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
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
  • Denver, CO – Denver Zoo (HDR)

    They say a picture is worth 1000 words…this one might be worth a few more?  A touching moment to capture in time.  I get a tear in my eye just looking at it.  This one is for Mom’s all around the globe!  Love is universal!!  As this happened everyone around was ooh-ing and ahh-ing!  Someone yelled out…hope someone took that photo!  Whew!   Luckily I got it!   The world seems alot better after seeing a moment like this!  =)))

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR F/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 105.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/1000 (Single RAW HDR)
  • Aperture:  f/3.2
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • GIVEAWAY!! 2 Free 11 x 14 Prints!!!

    Don’t forget…I am giving away 2 free 11 x 14 prints of any photo choice in my collection next weekend!  To enter…just say “Hello” in the comment section below. This will be for thanks to having 500,000 visitors a few weeks ago!  I will pick the winner randomly….and be announced on the 27th!  Good luck!  Pete

    Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park (HDR)

    Pittsburgh, PA…one of my favorite places 2 visit!  When I stop by, it usually means I get to see the Pirates, Steelers or Penguin play a game!  My favorite teams!  I was in Pittsburgh recently and had a chance to catch the PNC Park Tour.  I was hanging with my good friend Dave DiCello.  I have been to many baseball stadiums in MLB….PNC Park is one of the best!  Small, clean, safe, family orientated and amazing views!  The skyline view from the seats are fantastic!  The view above is from the press box.   Unfortunately, the Pirates have been horrible for many years, so you can walk up game day and get great seats and ticket prices are cheap!!  Not sure if the Pirates will ever be in the playoffs ever again…but I am a fan for life!  Go Bucs!!!

    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/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Laguna Beach, CA – Hiesler Park (Infrared)

    While in Orange County recently, we took a drive down to my favorite coastal spot…Laguna Beach!  I had always loved visiting the Montage Spa and Resort for photos…now my new fav place is Hiesler Park.  It is just about 2 minutes drive from Main Beach up the PCH.  Great views and a small beach with lots o rocks!!  Parking is tough to find, but a wonderful spot!  Located here is one of the most photographed places in Laguna..the Laguna Beach Gazebo!   It overlooks the cliffs and has some great views!!  If you are in the OC…stop by and you will not be disappointed!  And if you stop by near dinner time or Sunday brunch…Las Brisas Restaurant is right next to the Gazebo!!    They have wonderful food!   Laguna rocks!

    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: 22.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/125 sec
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Erex Pro

    Austin, Texas – Zilker Botanical Garden (HDR)

    We have been in Austin now for 3 years and I must say, photographic opportunities are everywhere in this great little city!  I have been to a few of the same places multiple times, but that is ok.  It gives you a chance to find a shot you may have not taken yet at that location.  This brings me to Zilker Botanical Gardens.  I have been here often.  Close to downtown and filled with wonderful flowers!  In the back of the park is this dinosaur statue.  All that live in Austin have seen it many times.  I have shot it in infrared, but never HDR.  I was there a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try.  Typically lots of greenery is not beneficial to an HDR…makes the photo look too busy!   This one cuts it close, but the dino and water help out!  The sun was shinning just right to give this critter a nice glow!  He almost looks alive!   Stop by Zilker if you are ever in Austin during the summer!   Cute little place!

    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/14
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • REVIEW: Photovision – Portrait Photography DVD’s

    This past year in my yearning to learn more about Portrait Photography I have subscribed to a service provided by Photovision.  I must say it is wonderful!!!  Every other month I get a 2 hour DVD with tons of great material on portrait photography.  I truly love these DVD’s!   A must have if you are planning on shooting portraits.  I’ll give Photovision a 9 out of 10!  (10 out of 10 if it was every month! …LOL)  Use this code “PVFAN” and the typical $149/year cost will be only $39!!!  Save $110.00!!

    Here is info from the web site:  In its 12th successful year, PhotoVision currently has over 22,000 participating studios. PhotoVision consists of 6 2-hour video DVDs a year, 1 mailed every other month, featuring leading photographers bringing you the latest and greatest things happening in the photographic industry. You’ll see photographic styles and techniques, digital workflow, lighting and posing, Photoshop tips and tricks, hear innovative marketing and sales strategies, output alternatives, new hardware and software reviews and much, much more. You’ll go into the studios and see photographers during actual sessions working with real clients and go on location to experience entire weddings.

    Cleveland, Ohio – The Arcade (HDR)

    While in Cleveland recently I went out shooting with my good friend David and we had a few target locations.  This was one.  I had never been…but it looked like a good spot for an HDR!   The Arcade is located downtown in Cleveland and the shops were closed for the night, so it was quiet.  Back in its day, I am sure it was amazing.   Now its a small shopping area to visit and admire its beauty.   Just by looking at it…you can tell it was designed years ago.   Gotta love places like this! Here is some info from the web:

    In May of 1890, The Arcade opened its doors as one of the first indoor shopping centers in America. It was designed as a big-city mercantile center by John M. Eisenmann and George H. Smith who modeled it after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. The cost to construct The Arcade was $875,000 then, and was financed by many of Cleveland’s most esteemed businessmen of the late 19th century—among them: John D. Rockefeller, Steven V. Harkness, Louis Severance, Charles Brush and Marcus Hanna. Rockefeller and Harkness are featured on gold emblems on the Arcade’s Euclid Avenue exterior.  nce known as Cleveland’s Crystal Palace The Arcade has always been one of Cleveland’s best-known landmarks. For more than 100 years, The Arcade offered unique shops, services and restaurants among the five indoor balconies and offices in the two ten-story towers. The Arcade was the first building in Cleveland and the ninth in the country to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Myrtle Beach, SC – Apache Pier (HDR)

    Here is a shot I took a few weeks ago while on vacation in Myrtle Beach.  It is of the Apache Pier in North Myrtle Beach.  I woke up early this morning to try and catch a sunrise shot…but Mother Nature decided to add an early rain storm this day to the coast!  In the distance it was starting to get dark and I did see a few lightning strikes…but no luck catching any before the rain arrived.   This shot is a bit different…a view from the Pier, not from the beach looking at the pier.

    Sorry gonna keep this short…just arrived home late last bite after being away for 2 weeks….whew!   Had a chance to take tons of new pics…if I total my CF cards…it may be 50 GB!  Yikes!  Guess I know what I will be doing for the next few days/weeks after work!!   LOL   Enjoy your day!!  Catch up time begins!!

    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
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Northfield, Ohio – Brandywine Falls (HDR)

    I was in Cleveland recently and was in my hotel room.  I always check out the “City Guide” Magazine for scouting shots or locations.  I came across this photo of a waterfall located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  It is called Brandywine Falls.  I had no idea where this place was.  The next day I had to make my way to Pittsburgh, PA.  I checked a map and it was only 10 minutes off my designated roads on the way to the Burgh!  I had to stop by!    I found it easily. Parked and took the 5 minute walk to the falls.  Wow!  They had upper and lower viewing platforms.  The lower was the best.  I’ll post a few more shots soon.  But I really liked this one.  The sun was shinning through the trees and the fisheye was able to grab the tress over my head in the picture!  A cool effect!!  A great little stop…glad I found it!  In 20 minutes I was back on the road!

    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