San Diego, CA – Harbor (HDR)


From San Diego here is an HDR of some boats in the harbor. When traveling I always try to take an early morning walk before the day starts to grab some pics. Its always quiet at sunrise and its hard not to get some sweet shots. Boats in the water are always a tough choice for HDR. It all depends on if the day is calm. Any rough conditions and the boats will be moving…not good at all for multiple brackets. I lucked out this day! Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 42.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/4.5
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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Copenhagen, Denmark – Nyhavn (HDR)

Back in early December I was in Copenhagen and took this shot of the Nyhavn decorated for XMas!  Such a beautiful photo location!  Copenhagen was a quick stop over visit…so I hope to get back again in the summer? Here is some info from the web:  Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,167,569 (2009) and ametropolitan population of 1,875,179 (2009). Copenhagen is situated on the islands of Zealand and Amager.

First documented in the 11th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century and during the 17th century under the reign of Christian IV it became an important regional centre. With the completion of the transnational Oresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Oresund Region. Within this region, Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö are in the process of growing into one common metropolitan area. With around 2.7 million inhabitants within a 50 km radius, Copenhagen is one of the most densely populated areas in Northern Europe. Copenhagen is the most visited city of the Nordic countries with 1.3 million international tourists in 2007.

Copenhagen is a major regional centre of culture, business, media, and science, as indicated by several international surveys and rankings (see International rankings below). Life science, information technologyand shipping are important sectors and research & development plays a major role in the city’s economy. Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure with the largest airport in Scandinavia[6] located 14 minutes by train from the city centre, has made it a regional hub and a popular location for regional headquarters as well as conventions.

Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life. It is also considered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cities. The water in the inner harbour is so clean that it can be swum in, and 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle, every day cycling a total of 1.1 million km.

A lovely city indeed!    Talke Photograsphy Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 19.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

San Francisco, CA – Marina (HDR)

A few weeks ago I posted an HDR from across the bay in San Francisco.  I noted this spot is located across from the city to the lower right of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Horace and I got quite a few photos here this evening! When we walked up to the marina, this was one of the first shots of the day.  Boats, water, hills, reflections and rocks = a nice opportunity for an HDR!    The sun was just about to set in about 20 minutes just to the far left over those hills.   I hear its been raining a bunch in SF these days…hope it gets sunny for you soon Bay Area!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Manual  Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

San Diego, California – USS MIdway (HDR)

When in San Diego a few weeks back I took a stroll in the early AM down to the USS Midway.  Took a few HDR shots and kept walking.  On the other side was this wonderful statue…called “Unconditional Surrender”.   The sun was rising and the clouds were just right to shoot this in HDR!   This photo goes out to all the sailors in the world!  We all thank you for your support!

I had no idea such a statue existed.  I looked it up online: The 25ft tall statue is of the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt during the VJ Day celebrations in Times Square in 1945. Located next to the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego the statue is quite popular with couples striking the same pose and having their picture taken next to the huge fiqures. The official name of the 6,000-pound sculpture is “Unconditional Surrender” however most people just call it the kiss statue. The work of art was dedicated on February 11, 2007 and has been turning heads ever since.

Talke Photography settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/18
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Color Efex Pro

Copenhagen, Denmark – Nyhavn

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

I just recently visited Copenhagen, Denmark for the first time.   I only had a few hours to walk around on a Sunday afternoon and take a few shots.  My target was the Nyhavn.  Probably the most famous spot in Denmark.  I arrived via taxi about an hour before sunset and the views were wonderful!  I am not sure you can take a bad photo here..  They had just decorated it for the holidays and some lights were up and it gave the location a nice warm feel!  I walked down one side of the canal and took lots of photos (HDR, standard and IR).  I might have spent 1 hour walking only 300 yards.  The colorful buildings, docked boats and reflective water were perfect subjects!

This shot was taken with my usual 5 exposures, cable release and tripod….post processed in Photomatix.  This became an instant favorite of mine.  I think I will use it for the cover to my Places 2 Explore Volume 2 Photo Book (Vol 1 info is noted above)..due out in 2010.   I will post a few more shots from here soon…more of the Nyhavn with details on Copenhagen!

San Diego, CA – Mission Bay (Infrared)

SD IR Boats

NIKON D70S (Modified by LifePixel), Nikon 18-200 VR, Silver Efex Pro

When we recently stayed in Mission Bay.  I took a morning stroll with my daughter and took this shot near the hotel.   I am laways looking for new subjects for IR…why not boats?  This one had some Palm Trees in the background, so I thought…might work well!  I took the shot and post processed in CS4 and added the black and white filter with Silver Efex Pro.

MissionBay was fun…here is some info form the web: Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, consisting of 4,235 acres, approximately 46% land and 54% water. The park offers a wide range of recreational activities including paths for walking and jogging, and playgrounds for children. It is one of San Diego’s most popular locations to fly a kite, picnic or sail a model yacht. Fire rings make it possible to cook out and stay warm. Mission Bay Park also offers a variety of free opportunities to the public such as professional volleyball and Over-the-Line sporting events. Annual attendance in the park is estimated at 15 million.

It is located only 5 miles north of San Diego and easy to get to…right off the Route 5 highway!  Always nice and sunny in San Diego!  Enjoy!

Poros, Greece

Poros, Greece

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

I’ll take a break on the pics from my last trip and share one of my favorite shots and Places 2 Explore!  Greece!  We took a trip last May to Europe for 18 days.  The first 3 days were in Greece.  The first day we recovered from jet lag and relaxed as we arrived into Athens late in the day.   The next day we took a guided tour of Athens.   A dream of mine was to visit the Parthenon…so I was excited.  The tour was fun…about 5 hours.  We saw all the sights and got to get off the bus and enjoyed taking pictures.  When we arrived at the Acropolis…anticipation grew for me to see one of the great wonders of the world.  It was amazing…but the only downfall is that its on a 10(?) year refurbishing plan.  Scafolding and workers are there while you visit.    So if you plan to visit…check when it will be complete. 

At nite we took a taxi to Lycabettis Hill….you take a tram up to the top and there is a nice restaurant on top with a small church.  From here you can view all of Athens and enjoy the sunset while eating outside….the food was decent and the sights are amazing!  On our taxi rides, it seemed as though all the taxi drivers at one time lived in New York!   They all spoke great English and we very fun to talk to!

We then had one last day in Greece before leaving for Bulgaria.  My wife had suggested a 10 hour day cruise that we saw advertised at the hotel. …so we went for it!  The bus picks you up at the hotel and bring syou to the service center to buy tickets and then onto the port of departure.  The cruise lasted 10 hours.  We were to visit Poros, Aegina and Hydra.   We arrived at the port and was amazed at how many people were on the boat…estimated 400?  It was a beautiful day as well! 

I can go on and on about this day…as it was unforgetable and amazing!  …but I will keep it short.   Each island had its own specialties.  As we docked we only had about 45 minutes at each stop.  So we had a chance to take a short walk around window shop.  Just a perfect amount of time.   Then we would depart to the next island.  Just sitting on the deck in the sun and watching the tranquil blue water travel by was very sureal.  A permanant smile were on our faces the whole day!   If you have traveled to any Greek islands…then you know well!  

One of our favorite stops on the trip was a little island called Poros.  It was very cute and small.  We walked down some alleys and took pictures and stopped for some souveniers.   When we retruend to the boat we grabbed a seat on the outside back deck.  The boat took off slowly as we pulled away from the island.  I stood up to get a bunch of pictures of Poros.  This picture is the view we had!  Fantastic!   A perfect postcard for a wonderful day!  I used the railing to brace my arm and took it hand held.  After 10 hours..of course you are tired and ready to go back to the hotel.   After this day…I am eager to go back to Greece to see more islands!!   If you enjoy traveling…Greece is a must visit!

I am not sure when we will go back…but we will make it back again one day!   The big islands suchs as Santorini, Crete, Mykonos…are on the list!