Paris, France – Eiffel Tower (HDR)


It has been a while since my last post of an Eiffel Tower pic…so I decided to bust one out today! A fisheye view of the tower. Its holiday weekend here in the US. Have a great long weekend!!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro 2, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Anaheim, CA – California Adventure – Cars Land (HDR)


My first visit to DisneyLand and California Adventure was this weekend! I went with my girls and we had a blast. Our first stop was CA Adventure to see the new attraction…. Cars Land! I loved both movies and visiting Radiator Springs would be classic! They did such an incredible job. Our first stop was the Radiator Springs Racers. Its the top attraction in Cars Land. 6 people per car and you take a track around Radiator Springs and even race another car. I’ll admit it was fun! The only tough part was that we arrived at the park a little after 10 AM. It took 2 hours of waiting in line to get to the racers! Whew!! Its new…so that was to be expected! Afterwards we stopped in a few stores…Sarge’s Surplus, Ramone’s House of Body Art, Radiator Springs Curios and had lunch at Flo’s Cafe! It was great to see they do not sell hamburgers and hot dogs there…healthier meal choices…I had steak and potatoes. Delicious! But of course…not cheap! (Its Disney). There are a couple other rides in Cars Land. We just walked around an enjoyed the sights. Also you can pose for a picture with either Lightning McQueen or Mater by the Cozy Lane Motel. They are life size and real. Kinda cool! Cars Land is def fun…we will go back often…we purchased a season pass and look for more pics someday soon!!!

Heidelberg, Germany – HDR


from the lovely German town of Heidelberg…here is part of the towns square. Up above to the left you can see part of the castle that overlooks the city. Heidelberg has to be one to the nicest small cities in all of Germany. If you are looking for a town that brings you back in time, this is it! Def worth a visit!!


From the beautiful campus of Stanford University…the Stanford Memorial Church in HDR. This day it was an early spring morning. The campus was quiet and we had a chance to walk around and grab quite a few HDR’s. The Church opened early and I took the shot above. This church would be tops on my list for weddings…stunning!! Enjoy!

Myrtle Beach, SC – Pier (HDR)


Unfortunately, this year we did not get a chance to head to Myrtle Beach for the summer vacation. I love to visit there!! Summer is almost over, so I wanted to flashback to this beautiful sunrise on this day in Myrtle!!! Hope you enjoyed your summer!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 400
Exposure: 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/4
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Vienna, Austria – Statue (HDR)


From one of the most beautiful small cities in the world…Vienna, Austria. You can see tons of history as you walk around taking pics. There are many statues in Vienna…the most famous is Mozart! Now this one above…I am not sure what is going on or who is involved. It def caught my eye. Is the one guy Poseidon? A statue shot is typically boring….so I added some textures and gave the woman (Athena?) the power of light from her hand! …just for a cool effect!

To create light rays in Photoshop:
1) Make a new layer
2) White paint brush, opacity 40%…you can always lower the layer opacity to you liking afterwards
3) Unfortunately, using a tablet is key…for straight lines
4) Brush details…I use the third option from top…it is tapered
5) Shift-Click from start location
6) Click at end position

That is it! Sometimes it may take a few tries to get the desired size and pressure. But it is easy! =)

Albuquerque, NM – Infrared


I haven’t posted an infrared shot in a bit and realized today when looking for a pics to process, that I have only shot IR 3 times in 2012! I live in SoCal…now time to get out more often in IR! Always interesting how your ebs and flows go in photography!

Austin, Texas – Under the Bridge (HDR)


Its summer and in Texas that means you are cooking!! Its nice to be in SoCal…we are a little inland and its hot as well here! Just last nite we had a few welcome back earthquakes…4.5. Not bad, but a little shaky!! =) This shot was from a photo walk I did with the HDR Mafia Group from Austin. Miss those guys! I need to start a group here in SoCal!! Later this year, once I get settled…I’ll see what I can do. If you are in SoCal and shoot HDR…just let me know. Have fun and stay cool!

London, England – Road to Buckingham Palace (HDR)


We are in the middle of the Olympics from London and I wanted to get up one London HDR before the games are over. Not sure if you are a fan of the Olympics….but I love them! Go USA!! I DVR all day and catch up at nite on the games. I have watched some fun competitions – trampoline, judo, fencing, equestrian, handball, field hockey, water polo, archery, and table tennis. Stuff I never get to see! London is a great city!! Just expensive for us from the US. I checked today $1 = 0.63 British pounds. Not so great!!

I give kudos to all these athletes….they are amazing! Water Polo impresses me the most…how do they stay afloat so long? Its like football in the water…a bit brutal!! Enjoy the last few days of London 2012!

Palm Springs, CA – Forever Marilyn


From the wonderful and relaxing Palm Springs, CA you can find the amazing statue of Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose. Some info from the web:

The 26-foot-tall 34,000 pound sculpture manufactured in New Jersey of painted stainless steel and aluminum, is a super-sized sculptural tribute to Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene from Billy Wilder’s 1955 infidelity comedy, The Seven-Year Itch, with the figure imitating the instant that a blast of air raises her dress. It was built in New Jersey before being transported to Pioneer Court, part of the Magnificent Mile section of Michigan Avenue, Chicago. In May 2012, Forever Marilyn was moved from Pioneer Court to Palm Springs, California. It is now located in downtown on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

If you live or are visiting Palm Springs…go see it soon…I hear it is there only until June 2013. Next stop…unknown.