Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Courthouse (HDR)


From near my home town…here is a cool HDR of the Somerset County Courthouse located in Somerville, NJ. It was a perfect nite for HDR’ing. Fast moving cloudy skies and a cool subject at sunset with the lights just turning on. Somerville is a great little town in central NJ. We all have those hometowns where you can find all the favorite foods we grew up with. I do enjoy going back and see my family and of course, grab a pie of my favorite Jersey pizza!!

With this shot I used my Nikon 12-24 wide angle lens. Subjects like this are always tough with a wide angle. How many times have you taken a shot and looked at the leading lines and they seem to go in all directions! Tough processing! This may be due to topography variances or the architecture itself, but some may be caused by the lens you are using. I probably take 90% of my landscape shots using my wide angle lens. When shooting architecture, barrel distortion may be an issue…especially when getting closer to the subject. Barrel distortion is when the straight lines in the shot seem to bow outward. Luckily the shot above was not too bad…but when needed use your “lens correction” filter in Photoshop. Using a longer telephoto lens will help, but I can’t pass up shooting at a FL in the range of 12-20mm!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, , OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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Orlando, FL – Lake Eola (Infrared)


From the lovely Lake Eola right near downtown Orlando, this was taken at sunset. Orlando is known for its amusement parks and I must admit I lived about 30 minutes north of Orlando for a few years…trying to find shots other than Disney,etc…is kinda tough! At least now you know to visit this wonderful view next time you are out!

I processed this one in B&W with the new onOne Perfect Effects 3….this new software rocks. Uh oh…looks like my usage of NIK’s Software had faded a bit. Will give my full review next week!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 31.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 0.5 sec
Aperture: f/13
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Perfect Effects 3, Nik Color Efex pro

London, England – Street Light (HDR) + HDR Tip!


London is amazing and taking photos there is challenging and fun! A tripod while shooting near the river Thames is difficult as the Police will shut you down. So set up, grabs your brackets quickly and move along…maybe you can catch the shot you are looking for! After being hassled on either side of the bridge, I started my walk back to get a close up of Big Ben. This shot is from walking over the Westminster Bridge. I loved the street lights stopped set my gear tip and grabbed the shot! Cheers!

Processing HDR Tip: Software these days is awesome! I have noted a big jump in sharpness of my HDR pics. Let me tell you my secrets!
1) I switched from using Photomatix to HDR Efex Pro. I feel as though HDR Efex Pro is sharper when producing tone mapped photos right out of the gate!
2) I add NIK’s Tonal Contrast filter to my HDR’s. Mask any areas that added additional noise due to the process (especially skies).
3) onOne Software’s Photo Tool 2.6: I use “Portrait Sharpen” filter on every picture! onOne rocks!! I can’t live without onOne. It is my favorite!

That is all! These three steps help sharpen my shots!! Of course start out with a sharp pic from the get go with a tripod!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/3.8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Laguna Beach, CA – Infrared


From on my favorite locations in the US…Laguna Beach, CA. Picturesque coastline, great restaurants and wonderful art galleries! At Main Beach you can find a spots to enjoy the sun on the beach or play a game of volleyball or basketball on the beach as well. This shot was taken while walking down the beach from the Montage Spa & Resort…the best spot in Laguna with amazing views out the back of the hotel! I processed the glow effect with the new onOne’s Photo Suite 6…Perfect Effects 3!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 48.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/60 sec
Aperture: f/16
Gear: Hand Held
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Perfect Effects 3, Silver Efex Pro 2

Perfect Photo Suite 6 has arrived!!!


My copy of Perfect Photo Suite 6 just arrived!! Download a trial for free or buy/upgrade a copy today!! Will give you a full review in a week!! It contains:
Perfect Portrait 1 – used it last nite….awesome!!!
Perfect Layers 2
Perfect Effect 3
Perfect Mask 5
Perfect Resize 7
Focal Point 2
Photo Frame 4

Paris, France – Where the streets have no name


Not many strolls around a city can top one in Paris with the Eiffel Tower in your view. This day I had taken tons of Tower shots and wanted to try a different view and went walking around town trying to get the Tower showing above the tops of buildings. This area was lovely…and I can imagine very very expensive! Bakeries and small shops on every corner…must be wonderful to live there! Crepe time…Oui Oui!