Frankfurt, Germany – Flughafen (Airport)


From the very cool Frankfurt Airport…this area is located near the DB (Deutsche Bahn) long distance trains. Looking to head to Berlin, Zurich, Prague? Book your reservation and make sure you have a designated seat! Many times I have booked my reservation without a seat #. I have had to move around and even one time sit in the area in-between the train cars….oh so comfortable! My favorite are the ICE trains with the dining car! Always nice to stop by get and grab a frankfurter while on the ride! I really wish we had a nice train system in the US. I love traveling by train in Europe. So beautiful! The effect of the photo was helped by “Urban Sickness” filter on onOne’s new and amazing Perfect Effects plug in.

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Mineral Wells, TX – Baker Hotel (Infrared)


How about a swim?? The lovely pool located at the Baker Hotel will cool you off nicely! This shot is kinda puts my eyes to work….the pool reflection makes it fun! Looks like a cannonball is not possible at this time. Maybe the ghosts here can bust one out!

Vanderpool, TX – Lost Maples State Park (HDR)


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US!!!

The past weekend we took the drive to Lost Maples. It is famous for great fall color in Texas. I had seen the pictures and it looked amazing. From Austin it is about a 3 hour drive…whew! Some interesting looking country on the way. For the last 1 hour to 45 minutes drive near the park…no cell service. You are deep into the boonies! The park charges $6 for admittance. A quick 3 minute drive from the entrance and you are at the parking lot near the river trail. I brought my std DSLR camera and IR camera. Ready for some color!!

In our area of Austin, we do get some color change, but it is kinda dull. To see bright reds and yellows…would be nice! Down the trial about 1/4 mile I saw some super color! Sweet! I grabbed some shots and kept walking…more trees and more pics! I kept walking and noticed the river was barely there (we have had small amounts of rain for months in Texas). Then after a 1/4 mile trail walk…it seemed the color stopped. We walked another 1/2 mile…nothing. Hmmm. We decided to head back and grab more shots of the tress we had seen. I was not too impressed with Lost Maples…at least this season. The lack of rain could possibly have had a big effect on the fall colors. I was hoping for some river reflection shots, but no luck. I did happen to take a few HDR’s and IR shots. So it was worth the visit. I’d like to head back next year…as long as we get some rain…hopefully!

For the photographers out there…this shot had no saturation added to the red/yellow leaves! It was pretty impressive color!!!!!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 17.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Austin, TX – Dunvegan Keep


I had a session this past weekend at one of my favorite places in Austin…Dunvegan Keep. It is located in the backyard of a house. It is set up for photo sessions and you can even have a small wedding here! It is so beautiful. There are quite a few locations to take shots and every time I go there, a bride is getting her portraits taken. Call ahead to make an appointment and ask for current fees.

The family I was shooting took a break to change and I was walking around and saw this statue. I loved it and and grabbed the shot. I added a texture and wanted to make it look completely different and used the new onOne’s Software Perfect Effects 3 to give it the look..then selective colored the roses on the statue. Hope you enjoy!

Ingram, TX – Stonehenge & Easter Island Collide! (HDR)


Recently I was taking the long drive to go check out the fall color at Lost Maples over the weekend and as I was cruising along and to my right I saw Stonehenge!! I made a note to check it out on my way back. I had no idea it was located in Ingram, TX or that I was even driving near it! Too funny! Ingram is about 2 hours away from Austin. I pulled in and there it was…Stonehenge II and two Easter Island heads. Classic! Not the most beautiful location, but hey as a photographer, we can try to make it look better. Hopefully the HDR and texture combo works?

I checked out some info on the web…Stonehenge II was erected as an amusing art project by the late Al Shepperd and his friend and neighbor, Doug Hill. Hill had offered a limestone slab to Shepperd in 1989, unused in his recently completed back patio. Shepperd stood the rock up monolith-style, and then odd thoughts started to seep into his head. He was gripped by what we’ve observed as a rare but not unknown malady — Stonehenge Fever.

Within the next year, Shepperd bankrolled Hill to construct plaster and graphite-covered metal mesh and steel frameworks, replicating the mysterious stones of England, in the middle of Shepperd’s pasture. He opted for a somewhat faithful replica, akin to Sam Hill’s Stonehenge more than Carhenge or even Fridgehenge. The finished product is 90% as wide as the original, and 60% the height. Shepperd added two 13-ft. tall Easter Island heads a year and a half later, after visiting Easter Island.

Great stuff! I had no idea there was such a thing as Fridgehenge or Carhenge…gotta luv this odd world!!

Georgetown, TX – Georgetown HS Basketball Court (HDR)



This past weekend I photographed the Georgetown High School basketball teams for their 2011-12 Media Guide. We had a blast and took tons of great shots! The first game of the season was last nite and I headed up to grab an HDR of the court after the game. Maybe they can use it in the guide as well??? It was my first HDR of a basketball court…pretty cool! The wood grain is wonderful to see in HDR! Good luck this season Georgetown Eagles!! This shot is a closeup of the Eagle in the gym in HDR as well.

Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary (HDR)


I am still drawn to processing an HDR’s from here almost every week. ESP has to be my favorite location ever. I think I have posted almost 6-8 shots to date? I bet I have a total of at least 30 ESP pics to get up on P2E one day! Photo book time! …but might take another year to get to them. I have been to Alcatraz and it cannot compare to ESP. Are there any other similar type locations that can compete? Let me know!! Thanks!