San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge (Texture)

From the lovely San Francisco, CA….one of the most well known bridges in the world…the Golden Gate Bridge. I have shot this icon from all sides and directions. This shot was taken while walking up from a stroll down to Baker’s Beach. All of you that visit my blog know that I love textured shots. If the sky is boring…a texture will help! The photo above is just one texture. If you are interested…this is the standard version photo below…Have fun!

St. Augustine, FL – Long exposure


This was taken on a very cold early AM last year in St. Augustine, FL. It was February and about 32 degrees outside with a nice crisp 20 mph wind. I can’t recall ever being that cold in Florida. Any photog out there knows the fun we endure just to get that shot! This was a peace of cake, but I know we all have that story of hanging off an edge…putting our life in danger…all for photography! Stay safe!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1.3 seconds
Aperture: f/22.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Silver Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Vienna, Austria – Hofburg (HDR)


Vienna offers so many amazing spots for HDR! This one is from Hofburg. I took this at Blue Hour and the sky was just blue and boring…so I added a textured sky! Some info from the web:

Hofburg Palace is a palace located in Vienna, Austria, that has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It was the Habsburgs’ principal winter residence, as the Schönbrunn Palace was their preferred summer residence. The Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government since 1279 for various empires and republics. The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include: various residences (with the Amalienburg), the chapel (Hofkapelle or Burgkapelle), museums (the Naturhistorisches Museum & Kunsthistorisches Museum), the Imperial Library (Hofbibliothek now the Prunksaal), the treasury (Schatzkammer), the national theatre (Burgtheater), the riding school (Hofreitschule), the horse stables (the Stallburg and Hofstallungen)and the Hofburg Congress Center.

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 17.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 9 Exposure HDR (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Orlando, FL – Swan Lake? (HDR)


From Orlando, FL I visited a local lake that is lovely, but saw these swan rides all tied up as it was late in the evening. After walking by these swans all I could think about is this shot in HDR processed with a grunge look. That mold adds to the shot. Now I hate to talk bad about any location unless deserved, but do people actually ride these swans during the day on this lake? Yikes!! I’ll tell you the location if you ask in the comments. I know the grunge look enhances the grittyness, but even in standard mode theses ride are gross. I’d drop off a jar of Oxy Mold if that would help!

Big Sur, CA – Coastline (HDR)


From one of the most beautiful places on the US…teh northern Californian coastline. Just south of Monterey you can find some stunning coastline. There are so many pull offs from the road it may take you all day to drive 20 miles. Every stop is picturesque!! Here is one shot from my last visit! Enjoy the weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 14.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 9 Exposure HDR (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/14.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Vienna, Austria – Denkmal der Roten Armee (HDR)


From Vienna, Austria this HDR is of the Denkmal der Roten Armee. There is a statue included, but I just focused on the circular part of the monument. I added an anlge and it kinda feels like a roller coaster! The fun of shooting with different angles!

Some info from the web: Denkmal der Roten Armee was built by the Russians to commemorate 18,000 soldiers who died during the liberation of Vienna from the Germans. At the end of WWII Vienna was divided into different districts governed by different allied forces, of which one was the Russians.

This monument has a 12m high bronze statue of a Soviet soldier (Rotgardisten) holding a Soviet flag set upon a 20m high marble base. The monument was unveiled on19 August 1945 with a ceremony involving representatives from all the Allied forces. The inscription states that the monument ‘honours the soldiers of the Soviet army, pleased for release of Austria from fascism’. Under the terms of the State Treaty of 1955, the Austrians continue to pay for the monument’s upkeep.

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 14.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 9 Exposure HDR (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/14.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6