Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Chapel (HDR)

from Pittsburgh, PA…the coolest church you can find in the Burgh…Heinz Chapel! Located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. This shot is from the grounds walking up to the church. I added a painterly texture to give it a cool effect. Enjoy your day!

Costa Mesa, CA – Orange County Fair – Sky Flyer

One more shot from the other nite. Unfortunately, I did not take many pics…just a few..all hand held. This was was taken walking by the Sky Flyer looking upwards. I had my 50mm f/1.4 and snapped away! I’m hoping to get back one nite before the fair closes and take a few long exposures.

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 50.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/250 second
Aperture: f/2
Gear: Hand Held
Post Process: Adobe CS6, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

La Quinta, CA – La Quinta Resort & Club (HDR)

We took the weekend off and took a drive to Palm Springs, CA. If you head to Palm Springs in July…its considered off season. Why?…its way too hot! About 108-110 degrees each day! Whew! But the good thing is that you can relax by the pool and its very cheap!!! We paid only $100/nite at the La Quinta Resort and Club. La Quinta is southeast of Palm Springs….about 15 miles..near Indian Wells….where the Professional Tennis tournament is located in March.

Its a great resort, dating from 1926…I can imagine that years ago it was amazing! Cozy and quaint casitas are your rooms. 70 pools spread all over the property….basically a pool will be outside your hotel room door…no matter where you stay! The shot above is the entrance to to the hotel at blue hour. Such a lovely view! Thanks La Quninta…we enjoyed our weekend getaway!! =)

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro 2, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Costa Mesa, CA – OC Fair BMX Action

We went to the OC Fair last nite and had a blast! I’ll get some more pics up soon. I stopped in quickly and grabbed a few shots of the BMX crazy dudes doing flips and tricks. Great stuff!

Just passed 1,000,000 Visitors!!!

I am completely honored!!! Thanks so much to each and every one of you that have visited and checked out my photos! You guys rock!!!! Places 2 Explore started a in March 2009 and I am blown away by reaching 1,000,000! Now Dr. Evil can say, “One Milllllllion Visitors!”. Here are some stats to get to 1 Million…

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California Dreamin’ – Infrared

We have now been in SoCal for about 3 weeks. I had yet to go out and take pics…still house hunting! I finally had a chance and did so in infrared. I love shots when people are in a forest and look up and snap away! Why not look up at some Palm Trees! I’ll get out and HDR soon!