Almost 1,000,000 Visitors!!!!

In another month or so Places 2 Explore will pass its 1,000,000 visitor!!! I am honored and thank all that have visited!!! I will plan a special giveaway that day! Look for it soon!

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Bend, TX – Gorman Falls (HDR)


I took the day off yesterday and took the 2 hour drive from Austin to go see the best waterfall in Texas! …Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park. I went with my friend Scott Goad. It was his first visit. The falls were fantastic as we have had a decent amount of rainfall this spring in Texas. I decided to bring an ND filter and try out some shots with it this day. I think they turned out ok and will get to them soon. I think the HDR might be better as it captures the dynamic range of the rocks. Those nooks and crannys come out fantastic with tone mapping! The moss is also wonderful! This is my favorite view of the falls. Luckily I didn’t bump into any snakes or scorpions on the 1 mile rocky trek to the falls…only saw a Jack Rabbit. First time ever! Those dudes are big! Enjoy your weekend!

I put a quick IPhone video up of the Falls on my FB site…Talke Photography

Vienna, Austria – St. Peter’s (HDR)


One of my favorite cities in the world…Vienna. While walking around in previous visits I had taken outside shots of St. Peter’s a few times and had never gone inside. So this day I walked inside… in the middle of a sermon…you can see I was amazed at how stunningly beautiful this church was!! I had to take a photo!! The attendant gave me a scowl as I took out my camera and tripod. But St. Peter must have sent him a message from above as my name is Peter and he allowed me to take a few photographs. LOL Well at least that is my thinking. I showed the attendant a few of my wide angle shots on the back of my camera and he was hopefully impressed. I then took out my fisheye lens and quietly told him…just a few more. He nodded and I took this shot! Sweet. I thanked him and left. Churches are meant for HDR…and especially fisheye HDR! Thanks St. Peter!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Orlando, Florida – Egret (Infrared)


From Orlando, Florida’s Gatorland here is an Egret from the Rookery. Now is the season to visit and see these beautiful birds as they nest and lay eggs. But watch out for the gators below!

Austin, Texas – Senate Chamber (HDR)


From the Capitol Building downtown in Ausitn…this is the Senate Chamber in HDR. Most days when you tour the Capitol Building this area is open. If you walk upstairs you have this great spot for an overview shot! Time to pass some bills!! have fun!

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
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Newport Beach, CA – Pier (HDR)


We are planning to move from Austin soon. Our destination….Orange County, CA. I had lived there for a few years and it will be great to be back! Places like Newport Beach will be in my backyard. I’m excited about my future photographs. I will plan to master long exposure at the beaches. Portraits at the beaches. Texas will be missed. Bring on the In-N-Out burgers!!

Talke Photography Settings

Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 19.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/4
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

New York 1930’s – Motorcycling

Hopefully we all have some great old photos in our family. While visiting my Grandma this past year we looked thru her old pics. My Grandpa was a avid motorcycle racer. Road races, hill climbs and anything moto! My photoshop skills are solid but to rework an old photo…a professional is needed. I sent in 2 pics today to a shop in TN called Antique Photo Repair. This is my scanned in image of my Grandpa from 1929 (with a small attempt to clean it up). Whomever took this shot must have been a great photographer! Super exposure!

When it arrives back…I’ll post the results. In the photos from this period I came across this shot…my Grandpa is in the middle….not sure who the other men are…all that is known is that it is from the 1930’s in upstate New York. Look at the condition of this shot! Also as a photographer the exposure is wonderful!! I can only imagine what camera was used to grab this shot! I’d love to one day study the history of photography. Unfortunately, many of us new photogs have no clue about early day cameras. I am picturing in my mind the box type camera with an accordion type body with a flash stand that goes “poof”! Any one know of any good books to read about camera history??