Pittsburgh, PA – Immaculate Heart Church (HDR)

Pitt Immac Church HDR SW
From a visit a while back…here is traditional church HDR photo. All HDR artists take this shot in every church visit. Still tough to beat. The beauty of a church and HDR are such a great combo!! Enjoy the view!!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Garden Grove, CA – The Christ Cathedral (Crystal Cathedral) HDR

Crystal Catherdral HDR_Talke
I was cruising through Garden Grove last nite and passed the Crystal Cathedral and realized it was sunset and hit a U-turn to grab this shot. One beautiful church in OC! Its been on my shot list…now finally can check it off! Next is to get inside and take some HDR’s!

New Orleans, LA – St. Louis Cathedral (HDR)

St. Louis Catherdral NO HDR_Talke
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!

Santa Fe, NM – Infrared (High Key)

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As a photographer…we take lots o pics! I enjoy creating art with my photos….I am sure most of you do as well. I had this shot which I processed before, but we all know that if you process a shot one day and do it the next…it can be completely different. That is the fun of post processing!

I always love high key fashion shots…to me they look cool. I have yet to pull one off…one day! So second best would be to try a high key landscape shot! Thought this one might work? Here is my first high key Infrared photo! Kinda cool? Added a frame to keep the different processing flow going!

HDR-U:
Now I want to try something I have yet to do…I will take an HDR I processed years ago…2009-2010 range and re-process it now with all the new software/technology…then compare the 2!! I’m just thinking of this idea as I type! So lets call it HDR-U (High Dynamic Range – Update)?

Look for it later this week! Maybe we can get other photogs to try an HDR-U themselves? Go for it and let me know how it goes!!

Munich, Germany – Theatine Church (HDR)

Munich Church_talke
From the lovely city of Munich, Germany…if you walk around Marienplatz you can find some great architecture. A few churches, shopping, the Rathaus and much more! Hop off the U-Bahn and walk about 1/4 mile and you come across Theatine Church. Hard not to find it due to its yellowish exterior color. The outside is tough to photograph…tight quarters. Inside is the best option! Not many church interiors look bad in HDR. Enjoy your Thursday!

Stanford Memorial Church (HDR)

Stanford Memorial Church_Talke
South of San Francisco, CA you can find a gem of a University…Stanford. It is a great place to photograph in HDR. The top place to at the university to photograph is the Memorial Church. The photo above is the view looking at the back end of the church….not many churches have back views that are amazing. If you are in the area….def stop by for a few pics!!

Vienna, Austria – St. Stephens Cathedral (HDR)

Vienna, Austria - St. Stephens
From the beautiful Vienna, Austria…one of the largest churches is St. Stephens. I walked into the church this day with my camera ready and set to bracket my HDR. I was able to grab these 7 brackets, then the tripod police nabbed me! At least I was able to capture this shot above!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Apeture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro

San Antonio, Texas – Mission San Jose (HDR)

SA-Mission-HDR-02SW
From San Antonio, TX, this is beautiful Mission San Jose. The Mission trail in San Antonio offers 5 mission to visit and this is my favorite! Before I left Texas and had hoped to see them all…but only went to a couple. One day I will be back.

Colorado Springs, CO – Air Force Academy (HDR)


From the lovely Colorado Springs, CO you can find the beautiful AF Academy Cadet Chapel. Drive into the grounds (just takes a few minutes from the highway) and you come across the grounds of the Academy. Find a parking spot and just a few steps away, this super cool church stands out and draws in your attention immediately! Some info from the web: The Cadet Chapel was designed specifically to house three distinct worship areas under a single roof. Inspired by chapels at Sainte-Chapelle in France and the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi in Italy, architect Walter Netsch stacked the spaces on two main levels. The Protestant nave is located on the upper level, while the Catholic and Jewish chapels and a Buddhist room are located beneath it. Beneath this level is a larger room used for Islamic services and two meeting rooms. Each chapel has its own entrance, and services may be held simultaneously without interfering with one another.

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/7.1
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

On another note…the new onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 7 is out!!! Check it out here!! Review coming soon!!

Cologne, Germany – Cologne Cathedral (HDR)


From Cologne…in my opinion, one of the best cities in Germany, this is the amazing Cologne Cathedral. Hard not to miss it when arriving into city…especially via the train. It is probably the most photographed church in all of Germany! Just be quick with your tripod! I snapped off 5 brackets and was told to take it down as I did not have proper approval. Knowing this was a possible outcome…I packed my gorillapod and attached it to the back of the pews and took this HDR. Gave it the grunge look thanks to onOne Software Photo Tools…one of my favorite filter’s “Brian’s TKO”. Thanks to Brian Matiash at onOne!

Don’t forget Perfect Photo Suite 7 is due out soon! I am testing the beta right now!