Dripping Springs, TX – Packard (interior) HDR

We did it…we moved from Austin, TX to Southern CA! Just getting settled and that will take a month or so….look for some cool SoCal HDR’s soon!! This is from the old Packard outside of Vista West Ranch. The interior is sweet! Look how comfortable that seat looks! =) Have fun!

Dripping Springs, Texas – Vista West Ranch (HDR)

I had a bucket list of shots I wanted to take before leaving Austin. This was one. One day we were looking for new locations and came across this super rusty old Packard at Vista West Ranch. I knew I had to go back and shoot it in HDR. Such a stunning cool spot for a wedding!!!!

Some info from their website…

Our love and commitment to our clients isn’t the only thing that makes Vista West Ranch special. Our venue is located in Dripping Springs, just 20 minutes southwest of Austin, nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Hundred-year old oak trees, an enchanting waterfall, amazing sunsets, breathtaking views of the hill country that seem to go on forever… these are just a few of the reasons that our clients choose to celebrate their weddings with us. Our onsite lodging accommodations also make Vista West Ranch a top pick for couples choosing Austin as the location for their destination weddings.

It is a beautiful place! I can only imagine all the wonderful photos taken with a bride and groom with this old Packard. Looks to be a 1950? Not sure. Classic! Kudos Vista West Ranch!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 18.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

A Rusty Ride: Ford F-350 in HDR

From an old farm in Marble Falls, TX here is an old Ford F-350 rusted and coming at ya in HDR! Rust and decay – HDR heaven! Tow Mater would be proud!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 17.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Daytona 500 – Kyle Busch

A little more form the Daytona 500….typically I get “Pit Passes” for each time I attend the race.  Just adds to the enjoyment of the festivities.  You do not actually get into the pits (that is for family and sponsors only)…but you get to walk by or see  within a few feet.  In one section you get to walk by the garages of each driver.  They have windows to peer in.  I was lucky Kyle Busch above had his small window open to let in air.  This allowed me to peek my camera inside and take this photo.  I added a little flare to the shot and thanks to onOne’s Photo Frame 4.6…the film border effect was a cool effect.

They allow you to walk around on the inside of the track until 30 minutes before the race.  Walking on the track is a must.  My tradition is to sign the starting line (get there early to get your name on the track!).  You really get the feel of the track and see how steep the banks are!  About 1/4 mile section is open for you to explore.   I sat on the ground and grabbed this shot of the new pavement for the race…Turn 4 is ahead.

If you are a fan…enjoy the season!

Daytona, Florida – Daytona 500 – 2010

Daytona 500 was great…just getting through my bunches of pics.  My best shots were right next to the starting lineup snapping away at the cars awaiting their drivers.  Next year will be fun..hopefully Danica Patrick  might be racing???  Good for her…she deserves her chance!   As for this shot…I took a single raw and converted it to and HDR.  These was so much action going on in the photo, I thought why not selective color the cars only???   I enjoy applying that effect.  Add a little nice touch to the shot!  Hope all the race fans enjoy the season!  Good luck Dale Jr!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/320 sec (Single RAW HDR)
  • Aperture:  f/10
  • Gear:  Monopod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

Austin, TX – Camaro Z28 Rim (HDR)

Z28 Rim HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

A few weeks back I attended my first car show.  There was one in our local town.  I enjoyed seeing all of the old cars and trying my best to get some cool shots.  It was a little difficult as the buildings around the cars reflected on them…so many shots were just ok.  Cars are perfect matches for HDR…but it surely helps when they are in an open field, cool garage, middle of a road, etc..  Just like a photo shoot!  So when dealt with such circumstances….taking close up shots is a main choice.  So here is a Camaro Z28 Rim in HDR.   I took 5 exposures with a tripod and cable release….post processed in Photomatix.   The rim was cool and I put it into Silver Efex Pro and the reflections were stronger in B&W.  I flipped the rim upside down to get a more eye pleasing circular effect….and this is what I came out with!   Hope your day is not “Tire”-ing!  Enjoy!

Austin, TX – Vintage Ford (HDR)

Vintage Ford (HDR)

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

Just located outside of the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, you will find this Model T Ford.   It has a sticker on the side promoting the 1886 Cafe & Bakery inside the hotel.  If you have a sweet tooth, this is a perfect place to sit and relax downtown!

Here is some info on the Model T:   The Ford Model T is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927. The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile came into popular usage. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that “put America on wheels”; some of this was because of Ford’s innovations, includingassembly line production instead of individual hand crafting, as well as the concept of paying the workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the car, so that they would provide a ready made market. The first production Model T was built on September 27, 1908, at thePiquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

This shot was used with my traditional 5 exposures using a tripod and cable release…post processed in Photomatix.  Enjoy!

Cars: Ferrari (HDR)

Ferrari HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

I have been eager to take an HDR of a car (nice one) for a while.  While we were in La Jolla, CA having dinner last week I saw this lovely Ferrari drive down the street.  We finished dinner and saw it was parked a short walk away.   I crouched down and took 5 exposures hand held and post processed it in Photomatix.  I was happy with the outcome and tried a few filters in Color Efex Pro 3.0.  This one gave the photo some pop!  So you are seeing my first automobile HDR!  A good start!  I have been looking for a local car show here in Texas.  It will be in my area in October!  I plan to HDR the heck outta that show!  Enjoy the Ferrari red!

Daytona, Florida – Dale Jr.’s Car (NASCAR)

Dale Jr_Small

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, Photoshop

It’s a holiday weekend here in the US.  We celebrate our independence and this occurs every July 4th!   Its a great time for family barbeques, going out to see the fireworks at night, see a baseball game and if you are a fan of NASCAR – you can attend or watch the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, Florida at 7:30 PM EST.    I consider myself a casual fan of NASCAR.  I do enjoy watching the races and follow the standings.   For the past years my sister has had Daytona 500 tickets.  I have attended 4 races so far.  I have been to manydifferent sporting events and must admit…the Daytona Raceway is one of my favorite sporting events ever to attend!

Its a full day of enjoyment.  If you have never attended a race…I’d say its a must!  The sounds and crowds are fantastic to be a part of.  If you are lucky enough to be at the race today…summer in Florida can be tough!  Please keep cool!  I’ll will be at Daytona again this upcoming February.  And will post more info as the race nears.  Here is a photo I took of my favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. from the Daytona in 2008 (50th year of Daytona 500!)  We had “Pit Passes” so we were allowed to get close.   I added a little photoshop touch to the pic to add to the shot.    Enjoy the race and the 4th of July!!!