Have A Drink on Me! (HDR)

From an ranch in California, here is a sweet rusty old drinking fountain for your viewing pleasure. Rust, mold, cobwebs = more HDR greatness! Where are the most rusty and decaying cities in the US? Time for a photo walk in those locations! I must admit to loving grungy pics!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 82.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/16
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

ADVMX – Finish Line Ahead

Just one more shot from the MX action on Sunday. I was contacted by one of the racers #512 Tye W yesterday. As it is difficult to go thru 2600 pictures so quickly, if you are anyone you know was at the race…contact me and I will gladly search my pics and make a personal gallery like I did today for Tye! As you all know I like to have fun with my pics…HDR, selective color and of course textures…and MX action is true photographic art. The colors of the gear and the action can’t be beat! So why not make it even more artistic! This shot was done with three textures and some masking. Very cool! Hope you enjoyed the race Tye!

Cleveland, OH – Detroit-Superior Bridge (HDR) & RatZilla!

From the lovely city of Cleveland, OH here is the Detroit-Superior Bridge in HDR. I was a bit confused…why would a bridge in Cleveland be called the Detroit-Superior Bridge? Can you take it to Detroit? Did it come from Detroit? No it did not. The bridge links Detroit Avenue on Cleveland’s west side and Superior Avenue on Cleveland’s east side. Now it makes sense! But it is also known as the Verteran’s Memorial Bridge.

I had to search for this location for a bit. It is located near the cross of Riverbed Street and Center Street. Now my objective was to grab a blue hour shot and maybe a full nite shot. I arrived a bit before sunset and walked around a bit. Across the waterway there were quite a few homeless folks that I watched closely…making sure to watch my back. When I walked up I was told to stay on this street only as it can get dangerous 2 blocks away…very comforting. The thrill of photography! What we do to get our pics! I set up waterside and waited for the sun to set. My tripod as ready and I kept adjusting the focal length through the viewfinder. Suddenly while glancing down out of the corner of my eye a FOOT long rat ran right under my tripod and feet. I jumped away and since I was standing still even startled RatZilla! My sudden movement made him go airborne…just an inch or two! It started him good! I love moments like this as they are surreal and you really can’t believe this is happening before your eyes! RatZilla turned into Air Rat Jordan! Quite funny! But then again moments like this wake you up from your photography focus. Homeless/Rats/Nightfall = a fun photo adventure. Always be safe!

After experiencing this as the blue hour started to fade I decided it was in my best interest to head back to the hotel. I survived and was well worth it for the pic above! I just do not want to bump into RatZilla again! I still can’t believe how big this dude was!

Some info from the web: The Detroit–Superior Bridge (officially known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge) is a 3,112 foot (949 meter) long through arch bridge over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Construction by the King Bridge Company began in 1914 and completed in 1918, at a cost of $5.4 million. It was the first fixed high level bridge in Cleveland, and the third high level bridge above the Cuyahoga (the first was the Old Superior Viaduct and the second the Central Viaduct, also built by the King Company). At its completion, the bridge was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world.

San Diego, CA – Harbor (HDR)

From San Diego here is an HDR of some boats in the harbor. When traveling I always try to take an early morning walk before the day starts to grab some pics. Its always quiet at sunrise and its hard not to get some sweet shots. Boats in the water are always a tough choice for HDR. It all depends on if the day is calm. Any rough conditions and the boats will be moving…not good at all for multiple brackets. I lucked out this day! Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 42.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/4.5
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower (Infrared)

Just a little photoshop fun from Paris, France. The Eiffel Tower in infrared with an extra added effect. The frame around the photo was from onOne’s Software Photo Frame 4.6. Enjoy!

Coming Soon! : Perfect Photo Suite 6 from onOne Software!

For all photographers out there…I used to be a super big fan of NIK’s software. I still use it sometimes, but not as much as I use Perfect Photo Suite 5.5! Every one of my pics uses some form of plug in from onOne’s software. I was part of a recent Webinar for the upcoming Perfect Photo Suite 6! This new updated software will be released in Mid/End October. The best thing is that it works standalone….no need for Photoshop/Lightrooom or Aperture. I must admit to being pumped for its release! Here is what is included…

1) Perfect Portrait – New & WOW!!! Looks awesome! I used to use “Portrait Professional” by Anthropics software…I can delete it now…it doesn’t compare!
2) Perfect Layers 2
3) Perfect Effect 3 – new generation to my fav Photo Tools 2.6 – options look endless to create excellent pics!
4) Perfect Mask 5
5) Perfect Resize 7
6) Focal Point 2 – super cool for creating blur…make those miniature city shots!
7) Photo Frame 4

Click to pre-order today…Perfect Photo Suite 6. I want it the day it comes out!! I will update the street date again soon!

London Calling in HDR

London rules! Who can resist a photo of Big Ben? Across the street from Big Ben you can fight the people traffic and look up and get this Underground sign/Big Ben combo shot. A little selective color and it becomes fun and different? Cheers! Have a great weekend!

Review: Miller’s Professional Imaging

I recently decided to give a new lab a chance of taking my photo work. Currently I use the website Zenfolio that utilizes MPix for its prints. I did like MPix, but sometimes you have to try something new. So I sent a few prints to Miller’s Professional Imaging after downloading their software and ordered some business cards in linen paper, then some 5×7’s and then 8×10’s and 11×14’s. I was so impressed that I wanted to see how a 20×30 canvas print would look. WOW!! Not only do all the prints look amazing, the service was fast and super!! Prints are sent overnite! I recvd my canvas in 2 days!! You have to join to check prices. Now I must rethink my photo printing process!!! It was great to get bunches of prints sent. These days we all know we have all these digital files and we rarely print them. If you are a photographer and have any pics you want printed…I would def give Miller’s a try!! I give them 10 out of 10. Kudos Miller’s!!

Austin, TX – Infrared

It has been one long hot summer in Texas. We have had 84 days over 100 degrees and may have a few more before the summer is over. Crazy! I watch those Coors Light commercials and the train comes by and makes it ice cold. Boy do we need it in Texas! Time to open a cold one! So I had posted this shot back in April in standard IR. Many people that see IR for the first time always say it looks like snow. So why not take the shot and make it look like a snow storm in Austin. Here is an IR shot that really is snowy! I did this using the channel mixer, a texture, and onOne Photo Tools 2.6 snow filter. Have a cool day!!