San Francisco, CA – Street Car (HDR)


From the lovely city of San Francisco, CA – this was taken one early morning at Fisherman’s Wharf. It was parked and empty in front of the CVS Store. The driver must have ran into CVS and grabbed a coffee…it is public transportation, the door was open and I decided to go in and take these HDR’s. A few minutes later the driver came back and jumped when she saw me! I guess she had no idea I would be in the car. I felt bad and apologized, she said it was ok and let me continue taking photographs. All for the love of photography! This one is done in Fisheye! Enjoy!

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Denver, Colorado – Colorado State Capitol Building (HDR)

If you are in downtown Denver you can find the Colorado State Capitol. I had never been until this day and knew that inside you can find a cool dome view. My thoughts were with any circular view is to try a fisheye! I have had experience with my local dome in Austin, TX…and knew it would work just right! Getting the right angle was they key. I stopped in this day for a quick 10 minutes and then had to catch my flight…so time was limited. I dodged a classroom of kids and people walking down the stairs to attend another session…and luckily grabbed this photo! Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Foothill Ranch, CA – Inside Oakley Headquarters (HDR)

Per my post the past week, this is the awesome inside of Oakley Headquarters!  Super cool!!  Great architectural design!  I love the Thunder Dome look!   Not only is the Oakley Headquarters great on the outside, but fantastic on the inside!   I posted issues taking pics here on my last post….since then Oakley was kind enough to apologize and asked me to contact them for a shoot on my next visit.  Thanks guys!  I would truly enjoy having a little time here after/before  hours to get some great shots!  I have a few cool ideas.  As we all know..30 minutes to photograph a location is definitely not enough time.

This would be one cool office to work at!  I loved seeing all the folks leaving this Friday nite with skateboards, motocylce helmets, etc…  A nice relaxed place to be at.  No wonder they excel at whatever products they produce.  The people there live what they sell.  I’ll be back in the OC again soon…hope I can get back here and grab some additional photos!   It is in the heart of the OC…just look for El Toro Road…it is about 5 minutes from the 405.

Some info from the web site…Oakley:  t’s a place of reinforced blast walls, product torture chambers and the padded cells of mad science. Oakley’s design bunker is where inventions are conceived, developed, perfected and manufactured. In addition to the hidden catacombs of research labs and proving grounds, the architectural design of Oakley President Colin Baden includes a 400-seat amphitheater – and absolutely no adult supervision.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/13
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza, Photo Tools 2.6

Los Angeles, CA – Supercross at Dodger Stadium

January 22, 2011was the first ever Supercross event at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.  I was lucky to attend and arrived at 12 PM for practice and was there till about 10:30 PM when the race ended.  What a great day!  My father-in-law and brother-in-law enjoyed their first race ever!  What a race it was at nite!  I took tons of photos.  All from the stands using my 70-200 lens.  During the day I added my teleconverter to get the extra reach and shot most at f/4.  The stadium shot above was during the LCQ…using a fisheye hand held.   A great view of the course!   I still have tons of photos to go thru and will just post them as is.  It would take forever to re-work them.  You can click this link…Supercross and you can see more shots.  It will probably take me another 2 weeks to get the rest up!  My daytime practice shots were the best.  The nite shots using the D300 at 3200 ISO…just ok.  Enjoy!

Pictured above… #20 – Broc Tickle, #1 – Ryan Dungey, #2 – Ryan Villapoto

Orlando, FL – Epcot (HDR)

The photo above is of Mothership Earth at Epcot.  Quite a great subject for photography.  Anything spherical using a fisheye lens can lead to a fun shot.  Tough to deny using this lens in such a situation.  I was about 1 foot away from the middle beam ahead and pointed my tripod upwards to get this effect.   Kinda looks like a transformer or maybe something from Logan’s Run (I may be dating myself).   I think you can photograph this big golf ball for hours.  Yeah, you can take the generic shots, but the fun is to grab something different.  Thanks fisheye lens!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Northfield, Ohio – Brandywine Falls (HDR)

I was in Cleveland recently and was in my hotel room.  I always check out the “City Guide” Magazine for scouting shots or locations.  I came across this photo of a waterfall located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  It is called Brandywine Falls.  I had no idea where this place was.  The next day I had to make my way to Pittsburgh, PA.  I checked a map and it was only 10 minutes off my designated roads on the way to the Burgh!  I had to stop by!    I found it easily. Parked and took the 5 minute walk to the falls.  Wow!  They had upper and lower viewing platforms.  The lower was the best.  I’ll post a few more shots soon.  But I really liked this one.  The sun was shinning through the trees and the fisheye was able to grab the tress over my head in the picture!  A cool effect!!  A great little stop…glad I found it!  In 20 minutes I was back on the road!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Cleveland, Ohio – Garfield’s Tomb (HDR)

I was in Cleveland this past week and noted a few places 2 explore.  One on my hit list was located at the Lakeview Cemetery.  I have never shot at a cemetery, but this was different…I had no notions of shooting gravestones.  At Lakeview they have a big building…Garfield’s Tomb.  I had seen photos and it looked perfect for HDR!  I got in late on my flight and was joined by my friend David.  We only had 30 minutes to shoot and the Tomb is only open daily from 9-4 PM.  So we did our best.  Got off a few shots and was cut short on a few I wanted to try…so I will have to visit again one day!  As you can tell the ceiling is very cool.  A great location indeed!  Post another shot here soon.  Kinda eerie driving around the graves, good thing it was daylight!  =)

Info from the web: Built in memory of the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield. The Monument is open daily April 1st through November 19th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and is staffed with a guide.  In the crypt directly below the Memorial Hall are the bronze caskets of President Garfield (draped with an American Flag) and his wife Lucretia.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza