From the lovely and jazzy downtown of New Orleans, LA…you can find the iconic church…St. Louis Cathedral. It is always busy…I had to clone a few people lout in this shot. Worth the visit…beautiful to see inside and out!
I was just out in Arizona for Imaging USA and had Saturday free to go shooting. I went out with my good friend John Harper and we trekked up to the abandoned Black Canyon Dog Track. It is about 35 minutes north of Phoenix. The dog track sits above a small town and luckily no signs for “No Trespassing”! We parked and walked towards the track. I have never seen a dog track before in person. This place was very cool! Grunge everywhere. We arrived early AM before the sun was just coming out. Good thing we did have a little light…broken glass is everywhere. We had to watch our steps!
I’ll give you more details in an upcoming post…but one cool place! What was odd…not sure…but when we were leaving a big truck was unloading a big construction truck. Is it scheduled to be demolished or was it just for roadwork? I don’t know. Anyway, glad I had a chance to photograph this great place for HDR!
My next installment of HDR backgrounds will be released in February. This will be Volume 4. Look for more details soon! I will also be adding in all backgrounds from other collections onto my website as well. This will bring the total of Volume 4’s backgrounds release to be about 140+ backgrounds! Target date: Feb 15th for the release.
Above is one of the backgrounds that will be included in the new release…it is from Titan Stadium in Fullerton, CA.
Last nite was the first Supercross race of the season! Every year it is held at Anaheim. They typically have 2-3 races year during the season at Anaheim. Race 1 is always the most anticipated! Gates open at 12:30 PM and the event starts at 7:30 PM. We arrived to watch the practice and the races ended at 10:30 PM. A full day of great racing!! I am a big fan of SX/MX. The colors of the bikes/riders added into super sports action is a photographers dream!
I ended up taking 945 photos yesterday! This was my first Supercross event using my new D800. I was eager to see how it would preform during the nite racing. With my old D300…I had no chance of taking any nite photos. Too much noise in the photos. The D800 was awesome!! The photo above was during the main event. We were sitting about 2 rows back form the track. Sweet seats!! The only downfall of the D800…BIG file sizes! 945 photos = 33 GB! Ouch!
This was the first photo I processed….cant wait to see the rest!
Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
Setting: Manual Mode
Focal Length: 105 mm
Gear: hand Held
Post Process: Adobe CS6, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6
We took a quick trip up to Santa Barbara to enjoy time off during the holidays. It was my first visit. We arrived and wanted to see the Mission. The outside was under construction and lots o people were there. As I asked for ticket prices…they told me no tripods allowed. Blah! So next time…gorilla pod! We stayed at a hotel right next to the beach. About 1/2 mile from the wharf. Nice! The weather was wonderful and we awoke this morning to catch some early AM HDR’s. As the sun rose…HDR time was complete. Now it was time to shoot in Infrared! The beach is lined with stoic palm trees. Just an amazing sight! I snapped bunches of pics while walking back…this one is a small snippet of the palm trees. Enjoy the view!
PeterTalke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.6-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
Exposure: 1/180 second
Post Process: Adobe CS6, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Silver Efex pro