Giveaway – onOne Software – Perfect Photo Suite 6!!! ($300 Value)

Thanks to Brian Matiash at onOne Software I have a copy of the full Perfect Photo Suite 6 (Mac/Windows) to give out next week!! Perfect Photo Suite is my favorite post processing software!! Included in the suite is….

Just click either picture to read more details from onOne! For a chance to win you need to do three things:

1. Click on either photo and read more about the wonderful onOne products
2. Go to my Facebook page and “Like” Talke Photography (if you have not already)
3. Under the post on Facebook for the giveaway tell me what part of Photo Suite 6 you are most eager to use!

That is it! I will pick the random winner next Friday! Good luck!!!


San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Bridge

From San Francisco, CA one of the top iconic photo locations in the world…the Golden Gate Bridge. What would be the top photographed well known structures in the world? Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Times Square? Hmmm…what else would be on the list?

I have a great give-away tomorrow on Places 2 Explore!! Come back tomorrow to check it out!!!! Have fun!

Dublin, TX – Dr. Pepper Bottling Company – shuts down

Always sad when you hear about businesses closing. Thanks to Scott Thomas, he gave me a heads up on a note via my previous blog post from Dublin…unfortunately, the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company is no longer selling Dr. Pepper that uses pure cane sugar they way it was originally manufactured since 1891.

What happened: Dublin Dr. Pepper was sued by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for allegedly selling the Dublin Dr. Pepper outside its six-county distribution area via its website and toll-free phone number. The suit asked that Dublin cease using the Dr. Pepper name and trademark in addition to halting outside sales. As part of the agreement, the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. will change its name to the Dublin Bottling Works and will no longer produce the cane sugar-sweetened Dr Pepper, though it will continue to bottle other sodas including Nu Grape, XXX Root Beer and Big Red. It will also continue to operate Old Doc’s Soda Shop and museum in Dublin, a town of about 3,700 residents roughly 74 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Poor Dublin was just trying to make some extra money and the big guys did not like it. I am glad to say I visited this location and I am a Dr. Pepper fan. The Pure Cane Sugar Dr. Peppers were great! Sweet and tasty in a cold bottle! I just had one in my fridge last week! At least they are still open for business, just loose the DP name. Sorry to hear the news Dublin! Good bye Dr. Pepper, Texas.

Crayon Fun

Had a little fun in the studio recently. I have always wanted to shoot crayons and create art with them, not using them. I have another shot idea with the crayons on a black background…look for it soon!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 50.0 mm
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/125
Aperture: f/16
Gear: Hand Held
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Farming in Infrared

IR Farm Equipment? Why not? I was cruising by this farm one day in upstate New York and pulled over on the side of the road and grabbed this shot. Not sure how it would turn out? Looks cool in IR! Roadside shots are always a fun part of being a photographer. How many great shots have you taken just by pulling over? Once you have the “photographers eye”…as you travel anywhere (car, plane, train)…how many times have you said to yourself, “That would be a great photo!” If you have your camera with you…pull over and take that shot! You will be happy you did!

Foothill Ranch, CA – Oakley Headquarters (HDR)

One super cool place to visit if you are in SoCal is the Oakley Headquarters. As a visitor you can only see a few areas…but well worth the trip!!! Check out the description they have on the web site:

It’s a place of reinforced blast walls, product torture chambers and the padded cells of mad science. Oakley’s design bunker is where inventions are conceived, developed, perfected and manufactured. In addition to the hidden catacombs of research labs and proving grounds, the architectural design of Oakley President Colin Baden includes a 400-seat amphitheater – and absolutely no adult supervision.

Very cool! Kudos Oakley! Love your sunglasses and this building! Hopefully one day I can explore this location. Have a great weekend!!

PS..I had a new HDR venture to announce today…but it will have to wait til next weekend. Still need a bit more time to get it ready.

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 10.5 f/2.8 Fisheye
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Austin, Texas – Warehouse (HDR)

Gotta have some boots to walk in the corner of this building! Warehouse’s rock for HDR’s! Reflective puddles are a nice addition to any shot!! I have a new HDR offering that I will announce on Saturday! Until then!