Orlando, FL – Disney World (HDR)

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We are deep into winter and who wouldn’t want to take a trip to FLA right now! Stay warm…it is almost spring!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Orlando, FL – Disney World (HDR)

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Been a while since we lived in Florida. I miss heading down to Disney World every few months. We now have Disneyland here in SoCal…I think Disney World is a bit better. But SoCal has CA Adventure! I guess I should be happy either way…many people love to vacation in both spots…I have had both within 30 mins of my house. Hope you are enjoying your summer….only a few weeks left!!

California Adventure

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We live about 20 mins from Disneyland and as soon as we moved here…we picked up Season Passes to Disney. This includes CA Adventure. I have yet to get there and HDR the park. I will soon. I have to pick a nite and go later when the crowds are lower. Maybe next week? I really enjoy Cars Land and this section of CA Adventure where the Wold of Color is held. Look for some cool photos soon! Technology is great…you can download an app that gives you estimated wait times. My favorite is “DL Maps” …its free!

Anaheim, CA – California Adventure – Cars Land (HDR)


My first visit to DisneyLand and California Adventure was this weekend! I went with my girls and we had a blast. Our first stop was CA Adventure to see the new attraction…. Cars Land! I loved both movies and visiting Radiator Springs would be classic! They did such an incredible job. Our first stop was the Radiator Springs Racers. Its the top attraction in Cars Land. 6 people per car and you take a track around Radiator Springs and even race another car. I’ll admit it was fun! The only tough part was that we arrived at the park a little after 10 AM. It took 2 hours of waiting in line to get to the racers! Whew!! Its new…so that was to be expected! Afterwards we stopped in a few stores…Sarge’s Surplus, Ramone’s House of Body Art, Radiator Springs Curios and had lunch at Flo’s Cafe! It was great to see they do not sell hamburgers and hot dogs there…healthier meal choices…I had steak and potatoes. Delicious! But of course…not cheap! (Its Disney). There are a couple other rides in Cars Land. We just walked around an enjoyed the sights. Also you can pose for a picture with either Lightning McQueen or Mater by the Cozy Lane Motel. They are life size and real. Kinda cool! Cars Land is def fun…we will go back often…we purchased a season pass and look for more pics someday soon!!!

Orlando, Florida – Cinderella’s Castle (HDR)

Sorry it has been slow on P2E..I just got back last nite from a 10 day trip. Great to be home! …back to normal next week!

Tough not to pass up on one of the top family destinations in the world! Even as an adult I love Disney! When I was a kid, Sunday evening was the Disney movie of the week at 7 PM. We’d sit at home an watch something like Escape From Witch Mountian and the get ready for bed as school was the next day. Kudos Walt!

Talke Photography Settings:

Anaheim, CA – Downtown Disney – Brother Yusef (HDR)

A few years ago when I started processing my first HDR’s…I had a feeling that this photography style would be big!  These days, I must admit there are quite a few great HDR artists…and the list is growing!   The community of great HDR artists somehow or someway know each other….which is very cool!   But these days you can visit many HDR hotspots and see great work all over.   I still love the pier shots, architecture shots, church shots….but every once in a while…take a chance and do something different.

Last year I did my first Motocross and Baseball shots in HDR.   Very cool!   Now its time for musical HDR’s.  We took my daughter to Downtown Disney last summer and enjoyed walking around and seeing the sights and restaurants. Here they have live performers out  to entertain you.  I think my 70-200 was brand new and I walked around snapping hand held shots.  Brother Yusef was playing here this evening and I grabbed a shot of him.   Cool…but why not HDR him.  It was a single shot HDR conversion.  Not bad!   So think outside the box and go out and HDR something new!  Ya never know how it will turn out!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 130.0 mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  1/160 (Single RAW HDR Conversion)
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photomatix, Viveza

Orlando, Florida – Walt Disney World Fireworks

Fall has probably arrived in your location and the weather is now getting chilly…so why not post a nice summer shot from Walt Disney World!  Can’t top these fireworks.  Makes me want to go on vacation with the family right now! If you ever want to work on your firework shots…this is the place to visit!   The show lasts about 10 minutes and you can fire off lots o shots!   Just make sure your tripod is set up and ready to go!  Also, find a good location where no people can trip on your gear and that you can avoid getting the top of their heads in your photo.  Good luck!  Have a blast!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:   4 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4