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!

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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!!

A Rusty Ride: Ford F-350 in HDR


From an old farm in Marble Falls, TX here is an old Ford F-350 rusted and coming at ya in HDR! Rust and decay – HDR heaven! Tow Mater would be proud!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 17.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

World Trade Center – Brochure

I grew up in NJ and one of my favorite things to do when visiting NYC was to arrive into Penn Station take the subway to the World Trade Center and go up to the top to see the view of New York City….floor 104 if I can recall. I watched a few shows yesterday on the 10 year anniversary and remembered that I had an old brochure from one of my visits years ago. This is about 20 years old. Here is the brochure from the World Trade Center thanks to my scanner. Click each image for a larger view. Even after 10 years…it is still very emotional to see. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that lost their lives on 9/11. We will never forget!!!


PDF Version: Feel free to download and keep! You may have to rotate the file upon download.
WTC PDF

New York City, New York – Times Square (HDR)


This one is for New York City! One of the best cities in the world! Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and my thoughts and prayers go out to all that lost loved ones on this horrible day. I was watching some shows just this past week on the attacks and still get sick to my stomach…even 10 years later. The world is a better place now, but still will never be the same. I am proud to live our amazing country…USA!!!

Talke Photography Settings:
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/4.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Spicewood, TX – Krause Springs (HDR)


The summer is over and it is almost time for fall to arrive. Maybe in your area leaves will start turning soon? For us in Texas, we usually have to wait until November for any colored leaves. The HDR above is from the lovely Krause Springs in Spicewood, TX during a recent fall season here in TX. Not sure if we will have much color this year due to the super hot summer and lack of rain, but my fingers are crossed for some rain soon…this may help?