Boulder, CO – Varsity Lake (HDR)

From the lovely Boulder, Colorado…at the University of Colorado this is a small bridge on campus located at Varsity Lake. I was out doing business this week and woke up at 5 AM to grab some shot of the Hotel Boulderado (coming soon) and the sun was coming up around 6:45 AM.  I drove over to Varsity Lake (I had never been) and loved the view!  The reflections were wonderful!  Only one person walked over the bridge while I was taking the shots.  I sat at waters edge and snapped away.  The sun came up and it was back to the hotel to begin my day!  As it is early spring in CO, I’d love to see this spot in summer and in Fall!   Fall would be amazing!  Hope to get more versions one day soon!  Have a great weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

London, England – Buckingham Palace (HDR)

In honor of the Royal Wedding today…Buckingham Palace in HDR!  I am not there…but just watched the tail end.  It will be one of the most watched events in history!  If you are there…kudos!!  The pubs must be filled by now!!!  Cheers to William and Kate!    Have a Royal Time!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 27.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Somerville, NJ – Leave the light on (HDR)

From the First Reformed Church in downtown Somerville, NJ…one church light left on.   I love doors and thought the shot itself would be cool, but knew it needed a little kick.    B&W shots are always neat when tones are involved…throw in a selective color and and texture and a simple door is transformed into art!   Hope you enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6, Silver Efex Pro 2, 1 texture

Whitehouse, NJ – Whitehouse Diner (HDR)

A revisit on my HDR form last week…I love this old abandoned DIner!   Just wanted to give it that textured look.  I will have one more slow posting week on Places 2 Explore…but a few cool shots coming up!!  !  Have fun!

Branchburg, New Jersey – North Branch Train Bridge (HDR)

My hometown is Branchburg, New Jersey.  I was there for 25 years.  It is a very small town and used to be made up mostly of farms.  These days its developed with housing and corporations.  That is the world today!   The one steady constant was that you can catch a train into New York City at the North Branch Station on the NJT (New jersey Transit) via the Raritan Valley Line.  As I grew up here…there were not  a bunch of great spots for photography.  After my morning shoot at the abandoned Diner (post this past week)…I drove over the one lane bridge near the station to see if there were any possible good shots.

Once over the bridge I looked over the the left and saw this cool bridge! Had seen it before? I am sure I have, but it never registered as a photo op!  As the trees surrounding it were still bare from winter…it was a clear view!  I looped back around and parked. Walked about 1/4 mile down the embankment and here was the bridge! A nice calm quiet morning.  It was just me and the geese honking.  Sweet spot for an HDR!   Sometimes taking a drive can lead to treasures!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0 mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/18.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6, Silver Efex Pro 2

LA Angles of Anaheim – ECO Bag Giveaway (May 22nd)

Thanks to the wonderful people at Nitto Tire they have created a LA Angels of Anaheim ECO Bag giveaway for May 22nd vs. the Atlanta Braves! What makes it cool is that the photo on the ECO bag is my HDR!  Sweet!  So if you are a baseball fan and live in Orange County and happen to hit the game on the 22nd…enjoy the ECO bag!  I am a big sports fan and must admit, I love it!  Added to that I took this shot one early Sat AM last summer for my wife as she is a big Angles fan!  So it makes it special!   If you click on the Angels schedule…then promotions for that day…here is what you see…

Good luck Angels on the 22nd!!  Wish I could make it out to the game!!  I’d love to see the fans carrying the bags!  =))

Somerville, New Jersey – Somerset County Court House (HDR)

From Somerville, New Jersey the Somerset County Courthouse is located right off main street.  Some famous trials here have been Mike Tyson and the Hall-Mills Murder trial in 1926.  Some info from the web:  The courthouse, built between 1907 and 1909 in the Palladian style and is faced with marble. The courthouse underwent a $US 6 million renovation between 1989 and 1996. Attached to the courthouse is the First Reformed Church which was built in 1898. It has served as the county’s Jury Assembly Room since it was renovated around 1985.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 17.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro,   Photo Tools 2.6