Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary (HDR)

On a recent visit to the Philadelphia area…I had a chance to stop by the amazing Eastern State Penitentiary.  Now I have been to Alcatraz and was not too impressed.  This abandoned prison is super cool!   30 foot walls surround the cell blocks.  You cant visit every block, but they have enough available to fill your time and enjoyment!  If you are in the area and love ghost stories and HDR’s…this is a must visit!!!  The whole place is an HDR in waiting…decaying cells, rock walls, rusty pipes, brick…all the ingredients needed for great pics!   Even Al Capone’s cell!  Look for more soon!

PS..this was my first ever 9 exposure HDR!  With so many details in this place…I decided to go with more brackets. =)

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 9 exposures (+4 to -4)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro,   Photo Tools 2.6,
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Whitehouse, New Jersey – Whitehouse Diner (HDR)

While in my home state New Jersey this week I had a chance to stay with my family.  I had to hit one of my favorite spots after dinner…the Polar Cub Ice Cream Stand!  Tough not to pass up a soft chocolate ice cream topped with a hard chocolate dip!  Great stuff!   Only 1/2 mile from there…you can find an old abandoned diner sitting and decaying for all to see.  On Saturday morning I woke up early and went to grab some pics!   I snapped a bunch and as I walked around, I can tell in the back there must have been a fire that shut this place down.  The kitchen was a mess.

As I grew up in NJ…Diner’s are a way of life!  In our area, there are quite a few!  Gotta love stopping by and getting a Pizza Burger Deluxe!  So why did this sone not open back up?  Who knows?  I googled it and found this diner is somewhat of a hot spot for photography diner lovers!  I bet you can find it in a NJ Diner book somewhere!   I’ll search more and post another shot later.  Have a great weekend!

…sorry its a crazy week ahead..my post amount will be slow on P2E

Austin, Texas – Capitol Building (Infrared)

Here is an infrared photo from the Capitol Building in Austin ,Texas.  Writing is underway for my IR Photography book.  Focal Press will be publishing it and the rough plan is to have it available in January 2012!  I will keep you posted.   I’ll try to fit an IR shot here on the blog every once in a while!  Have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/180 sec
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5,  onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Viveza

REVIEWS: 100 Cameras in 1 / Instagram

With the advent of better cameras on on mobile devices, photo apps are key!  I am amazed at the pics my IPhone takes.  Not sure it will ever replace my DSLR, but still great for easy walk on by type pics!

I have an IPhone and IPad and truly love my friend Trey Ratcliff’s app called “100 Cameras in 1“.  I just have the IPhone version and do have an IPad…but not IPad 2 with the camera.  The phone version is so cool!  IPad 2 version is also available.  I love textures and this app will give you some great effects on your phone pics!   Trey has come up with some cool names and sweet effects.  Your pics become instant art!  So many choices to choose from.  Check out the link here “review” to get all the details you want.  For $0.99 on your phone…thats tough to beat!!  Kudos Trey!!

After I create art with Trey’s app…I have found a cool up and coming photo app site called “Instagram” (thanks to Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane).  Its free and very cool.  Kinda like a Flickr for your phone without the “Awards” and “Bling” that makes Flickr kinda blah to me.   When you add or take a pic…you can also make a simple color/effect change to it in the app.  Download and you are off!

You can find me at “Talkephotography”.  You can add friends and follow others.  But what is cool about the pics is that they are phone versions (or at least most of them).   I take some phone pics and they are basically my everyday views.  A different style for me.  Fun to post em!  So my flow is take a pic…use 100 Cameras in 1 then add it into Instagram.  Here are a few of my recent posts below.

For those camera phone photographers…go have fun!  I know I do!!

Tampa, Florida

Florida is one my my favorite places to visit.  I lived near Orlando for a couple years and enjoyed every minute of it.  The top 3 cities to see in FLA are Orlando, Miami and Tampa.  Now Tamps does not have a ton of stuff to do in the city, but still has some great views!  …and many sweet beaches near!  This is a shot downtown from my last visit.  I sat on the bridge and as it became darker I had to watch my back.  Ah the things we do to get that one shot!  I grabbed a few pics and it was time to get back to the hotel.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  10 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/9
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro,   Photo Tools 2.6

 

Rome, Italy – St. Peter’s Basilica

There are Places 2 Explore and then there are places you have to visit one day!  This must visit is The Vatican/St. Peter’s Basilica.  I must say that in all of my travels world wide…this location has got to be the most awe-inpsiring place I have ever been!  It is very surreal and you kinda feel not worthy that you get to see this amazing place with your own eyes!  The statue above is one of many in St. Peter’s.  There are four that surround the piers of the dome. This is St. Longinus.   I have a strong memory that will stick with me forever the first steps I took into St. Peter’s and looked up at the inside of the dome…I froze in wonderment!   I have only been there once…and will surely go back in the next few years!   No tripods allowed…so hand hold every shot and they still will look great!