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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New York City Times Square (HDR)
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge (HDR)
San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden (HDR)
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Las Vegas NYNY Hotel (HDR)

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!

Foothill Ranch, CA – Oakley Spaceship


The Oakley headquarters is awesome! If you are in Orange County, a must to stop by and see this building…very cool! Inside and out! One the outside, it look like a spaceship…so I added a little textured effect. One spot at the building I’d love to HDR is the Auditorium inside. Hopefully one day! It would due another super cool HDR! Oakley Sunglasses rock!

Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms


I was looking through old pics the other day and realized that I rarely ever take flower pics. In my early days, flowers were a focus…an easy subject. But now with portraits, landscapes and sports…flowers have taken a back seat. I pulled these up from a trip a while back and always love the vintage look on white flowers that other photogs give them….so I did the same. Enjoy!

Frankfurt, Germany – Frankfurt Cathedral (HDR)


From downtown Frankfurt, Germany while walking around downtown…I stumbled across Frankfurt Cathedral. Quite impressive and many visitors! Some info from the web…

Frankfurt Cathedral is the main church of Frankfurt and was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries on the foundation of an earlier church from the Merovingian time. From 1356 onwards, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were elected in this collegiate church as kings in Germany, and from 1562 to 1792, emperors-elect were crowned here. The imperial elections were held in the Wahlkapelle, a chapel on the south side of the choir (Hochchor) built for this purpose in 1425 (See the Plan to the right) and the anointing and crowning of the emperors-elect as kings in Germany took place before the central altar–believed to enshrine part of the head of St. Bartholomew–in the crossing of the church, at the entrance to the choir (See the Plan to the right).
It has been recognized as symbol for the national unity of Germany, especially during the 19th century. Although it has never been a bishop’s seat, its was it was the largest church in Frankfurt and its role in imperial politics made the church one of the most important buildings of Imperial history and justified the use of the term (imperial) cathedral for the church since the 18th century.

Between October 1943 and March 1944 the old town of Frankfurt, the biggest old Gothic town of Central Europe was destroyed by six bombardments of the Allied Forces. The physical devastation of the old imperial town was intended to reduce public support for the war. The greatest losses occurred on the 22nd of March 1944. Over one thousand buildings of the old town, the most of them being half-timbered houses were destroyed. The cathedral suffered severe damage and the interior was burned out completely. The cathedral was reconstructed in the 1950s.

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 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