Laguna Beach, CA – Infrared


From on my favorite locations in the US…Laguna Beach, CA. Picturesque coastline, great restaurants and wonderful art galleries! At Main Beach you can find a spots to enjoy the sun on the beach or play a game of volleyball or basketball on the beach as well. This shot was taken while walking down the beach from the Montage Spa & Resort…the best spot in Laguna with amazing views out the back of the hotel! I processed the glow effect with the new onOne’s Photo Suite 6…Perfect Effects 3!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 48.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/60 sec
Aperture: f/16
Gear: Hand Held
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Perfect Effects 3, Silver Efex Pro 2

Laguna Beach, CA – Hiesler Park (Infrared)

While in Orange County recently, we took a drive down to my favorite coastal spot…Laguna Beach!  I had always loved visiting the Montage Spa and Resort for photos…now my new fav place is Hiesler Park.  It is just about 2 minutes drive from Main Beach up the PCH.  Great views and a small beach with lots o rocks!!  Parking is tough to find, but a wonderful spot!  Located here is one of the most photographed places in Laguna..the Laguna Beach Gazebo!   It overlooks the cliffs and has some great views!!  If you are in the OC…stop by and you will not be disappointed!  And if you stop by near dinner time or Sunday brunch…Las Brisas Restaurant is right next to the Gazebo!!    They have wonderful food!   Laguna rocks!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/125 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Erex Pro

Myrtle Beach, SC – Under the Boardwalk (HDR)

Its time for summer vacation…we are hitting Myrtle Beach again.   This shot was from last summer’s visit.  I love HDR pier shots…hope to find another pier this year?  Myrtle Beach is a fun spot to get away.  I plan to hit a new spot this time…called Brookgreen.  Looks beautiful!!!  Perfect for IR and HDR.   Details in a few weeks.  Hope you have fun plans for the summer!  Life is a beach!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 19.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix

Myrtle Beach, SC – Umbrellas (HDR)

MB Umbrellas HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

Per my messages from yesterday, I was going to post another pier shot, but decided to post a nice beach HDR shot instead!  I’ll save that pier shot for another day.  Hey it is Myrtle  “Beach”.  Let me tell you about this wonderful vacation spot!    If you are into Golf…MB has plenty of courses for you!   Or if you are visiting with family as we were – it’s perfect!   I thought after 5 days we neede more time in MB.  The beaches are wonderful and the water was very warm…actually warmer than our hotel pool!  Our little one collected shells and built sand castles – we even got out and did some boogie boarding on the waves!

Nice family style restarants are everywhere.  Some great seafood dining is  located in Murrells Inlet (about 15 mins south of the airport).  Oh yes, the airport is very small and cute.  Only a few baggage claim areas and out the door across the street you will find the car rentals!  Easy in and easy out!   Lots of hotels all over…but book early…during the summer it might be tough to get the exact location you are looking for.   We stayed at the Hilton in North Myrtle Beach – not bad $140/nite!   For a fun day of shopping/movies/eating…you can stop on by Broadway at the Beach.    You can spend a whole day there easliy!    Lots to see and do in MB!

As for this photo….it was taken the same morning as the pier shot.   I finished up the sunrise shots and wanted to get a photo of the beach umbrellas before it became too crowded.  At 8 AM the 2 hotel lifeguards arrived and had to put out each chair and umbrella – tough job!  For each umbrella they have to dig a hole (with a tool) and then place the umbrella inside.  So many to do!!!  I watched this poor guy and gal do this for 1 hour!  Then finally at 9 AM it was photo opportunity time!  The sun was rising and I took a few shots and decided what was the best angle.  I liked this one as the umbrellas look like they are never ending.   I finished my shots and then sat in one of those chairs and watched the waves roll in and relaxed!

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Martha Vinyard, MA

NIKON D70S, Nikon 18-70

If you have time to vacation in Boston, MA and you like the water/islands/beach…visiting Cape Cod is a must!  It is a nice getaway from the city life in dowtown Boston.  One great place to explore off the coast of the Cape is Martha’s Vineyard.   The only way to get there is via a ferry.  There are many locations to depart via the ferry.  From the Cape we left from Hyannis on the Hy-Line Cruise.  It takes about 45 minutes to arrive and is a lovely ride!

Here is some info on Martha’s Vineyard:    The first people on Martha’s Vineyard were Indians of the Wampanoag tribe and Wampanoags still make up a large part of the town of Aquinnah, also known as Gay Head. The modern history of Martha’s Vineyard begins with the arrival of a single English ship in 1602.   Years later….World War II shot the Vineyard forward into modern times. Servicemen from all around the country were stationed on the Vineyard during the war, many of them at an air base built quickly in the center of the Island – it is now the county airport – where they learned aerial gunnery and how to fly on and off the decks of aircraft carriers. They went home to their families after the war and spoke about a place of astonishing beauty off the coast of southern New England. Even without the war, the Vineyard couldn’t have escaped attention forever. It lay on one corner of a triangle on whose two other points stood the cities of New York and Boston.  Today, the year-round population of 15,000 lives in six towns. From east to west, these are: Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven), West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head).

When we arrived we rented scooters and drove around the island.  There are lots a cute shops, restaurants, B&B’s, hotels, cottage rentals…click here to see the  Martha’s Vineyard Web Site.  This photo is of the Aquinnah Lighthouse in Gay Head.  We stayed just for the afternoon and took the ferry back at night.  A wicked fun day!

Key West, Florida

Key West, FL

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

As spring is arriving and nice weather will begin – why not post a nice summer picture!!   We had a nite here in Austin on Saturday that was 81 degrees at 8:30 PM.  Ah…reminded me of summer!  I cannot wait!  We used to live in Orlando, FL and every year we would drive down to Key West.  Key West is the most southern part of the US.  From Orlando its about 7 hours drive.  Easy criuse down the FLA Turnpike.  Once you get to the Key’s you immediately see the fantastic light blue shimmering ocean.  Driving over the long stretches of bridges between the islands is sureal!

Key West is not a place to stay for a week.  Its small so just a day or two is all that is needed.  Then you can head north (3 hour drive) to Miami!  But Key West is fun and a lovely place to visit.  Everyone is laid back and enjoying life.  We went down one year and rented scooters to drive around…that was great!  But the best part of Key West were the sunsets!  Go to Mallory Square at the right time (it will be crowded) and it will not disappoint.  Breathtaking!

I took this shot the morning we were leaving.  We stopped at the beach – it was about 8 AM.   All was quiet.  A perfect time to take a shot of the local Palm Trees.  I have this shot framed in my office.  Whenever I need to think about a beach…I look a this shot.  Remember…  Life is a Beach!