Austin, Texas – Water Lilies

The summer is almost over and here is a nice summery shot of 2 beautiful water lilies.  They are one of my favorite flowers!  These are from our local Zilker Botanical Garden here is Austin.  I visit here just to take these shots.  The little pond is right by the entrance.  They are just so pleasing to the eye!!   Especially when the sun hits them right.  The center looks like its on fire!  Hope you had a great summer!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 102.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/250 second
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
  • Estes Park, CO – Chasm Falls (HDR)

    …..continued from yesterdays post…  So after my stop I kept driving up the steep mountain.  It is a bit scary knowing you are on a dirt road climbing higher and higher with no guardrails.  Whew…I tried not to look left…but it was difficult…such a beautiful dangerous drive!   A few cars were ahead of me…so it was a nice 10-15 mph cruise.  the road wasn’t close to perfect…it had tire ruts all over…so a 4 wheeler would have been nice.  I had a rented Camry….great!   About another 2 miles ahead…I noticed a pull off with a few cars parked.  No sign, but I decided to park and check it out.  Another family was getting out of their car…I asked if this was Chasm Falls.  They had no idea.  I saw 2 dudes walking near the river…they told me that there was a waterfall about 5 minutes hike ahead.  But to be careful the hike is very rocky!  Nice!  Could this be it?

    I felt like Indiana Jones is search of the lost Arc! LOL   I threw my gear on my back and began the trek. The river was cascading all over and with every chance, I stopped and took a few shots. My second stop I could see a waterfall in the distance.  A couple snaps, then on my way!  I arrived and there ahead of me was Chasm Falls.  Lovely!  I really enjoy shooting waterfalls!   HDR + Flowing Water + Long exposure = Cool shot!   It doesn’t matter if you take a wide angle or close up…..its all good!  I’ll post another shot soon from here and give you details of this great location.  Also of my fun drive back to the hotel.   An amazing park 2 explore, but one describes it all word…Whoa!!   (Driving, views, Wildlife, etc…)  I have to go back one day with time on my hands!

    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, Color Efex Pro
  • Estes Park, CO – Rocky Mountain National Park (Infrared)

    If you are traveling into beautiful Colorado, one amazing place is Estes Park.  I think in the US after California, Colorado is the second most beautiful state in our country.  So many amazing locations.  I had to visit customers up in Boulder and had a nite to stay  in town.  Been to Boulder a bunch…so I decided to stay up in Estes Park.  It is about 50 minutes northwest of Boulder.  A beautiful drive.  The Rocky Mountains are so lovely up here!  I arrived on a Sunday and had just a few hours to enjoy the area.  I was waiting for my hotel room to be available and had a few hours to pass.  I found a great waterfall to photograph called Chasm Falls (pic coming tomorrow in HDR).  To get there you have to enter the Rocky Mountain National Park.  I had no idea how far it was or the exact location…so I drove in and decided to wing it!    The road was nice for the first mile or so, then suddenly you have only have one main choice…drive up the one way dirt road on the side of the mountains!   Just up the hill around the first bend is this view!!  I pulled over and grabbed this shot in IR and HDR.  Breathtaking!  The journey continues tomorrow….onto Chasm Falls!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
    • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
    • Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 18.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/40 sec
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Erex Pro

    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