Nurnberg, Germany – St. Lorenz Cathedral (HDR)

Here is another photo from the beautiful St. Lorenz Cathedral in Nurnberg, Germany!   I  truly enjoy shooting any churches and/or cathedrals in HDR.  I’d say as long as the composition is solid, the photo will be wonderful!!! For this shot I added the fisheye lens to broaden the view.  The candle they put in the middle of the floor is sweet for photos!    Add a little longer exposure and you get the light flare!  This view is of the backside of the Cathedral – where the entrance is located.   Amazing!!!    I could have shot here all day, but the doors closed at 6 PM and I rushed to get lot of shots.   I left soon after and walked into a snowstorm while meandering down the streets. Nurnberg is one of my favorite cities in Germany to visit.  My top list would be:  Munich, Berlin, Koln, Nurnberg and Frankfurt.   I am sure there a a bunch of great little towns.  If you know any…post em here!  I am always looking for another place 2 explore!

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, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
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Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Tower (HDR)

Here is the Tokyo Tower in HDR via Fisheye.  As my hotel was a 5 minute walk from here…I woke up early in the AM for sunrise and wanted to catch some shots of the tower.  It is an interesting place.  Not perfect for close up photography…at the base of the tower is this building.  Kinda odd!  I shot it for about an hour…walked around on all sides and tried to catch some cool angles.  Very tough!    It was cloudy this morning and early AM they still have the tower lit up partially…so a semi bonus there!   You can buy tickets to the viewing deck…if I can recall $21.00!  Ouch!    …its not that high!     I think Godzilla may be taller!  =)

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, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Austin, TX – The West (HDR)

OK..I do enjoy a good laugh…so here is your chance!  So I ask..how do you like these balls? (Go ahead post your comments below…let the fun fly!)

If you visit the UT campus in Austin, there are many sights to see!  Here is an odd one….rusty spheres with pennies glued on them!   Art, yes.  Strange…indeed!  I have read they are on loan from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and were once exhibited at the White house.

Here is some info from the web:   These 28 mid- to late-twentieth-century sculptures are on long-term loan fromThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The first group was installed in September 2008 and the second in January 2009 as part of the university’s public art program called Landmarks.  Landmarks, which was launched in 2008, is the first program in the university’s history to develop a collection of public art from a curatorial perspective. Its projects beautify the campus and engage visitors and the university community with art of the highest quality.  “This important loan of sculptures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art will enrich our campus,” said William Powers Jr., current president of The University of Texas at Austin, in 2008, when the plan was announced. “It will demonstrate the value we place on art and creativity as manifestations of the human spirit. We are extremely pleased to bring this superb collection to our university and our community.”

About the art:  The West, 1987 by Donald Lipski

Because Lipski uses found objects not merely for their visual attributes but more importantly for the associations that viewers might make in response to them, his sculptures invite speculation. The West consists of two spherical buoys, each measuring five feet in diameter. Such buoys can mark deepwater shipping channels and are often used to indicate where large commercial and military ships may anchor offshore. Their normal place is floating on open bodies of water. Now situated indoors on dry land, the buoys are no longer functional, like fish out of water. Instead of providing secure anchorage to ships, the two buoys are shackled uselessly to each other.

To the blank surfaces of the metal buoys Lipski glued brand-new pennies. But the artist deliberately corroded them, perhaps an allusion to how quickly things become outdated. By incorporating actual money into this sculpture, Lipski invites us to speculate on possible meanings. Pennies are the smallest denomination of American currency and therefore may be considered the foundation of our affluence, even though we tend to ignore pennies as being of no importance.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Wiesbaden, Germany – Marktkirche (HDR)

When I arrived recently into Germany, I flew into Frankfurt and landed on a Sunday.  I had the late afternoon free and met with my friend Kay Gaensler a fellow photographer and HDR specialist!   Kay and I are both Editors on HDR Spotting.  Check out Kay’s fantastic work….Click Kay Gaensler.   He is also on Flickr.    I caught a train to his hometown of Wiesbaden.  My first visit there!   It was about a 45 minute ride.  We met up and as it was a bit chilly and sunny…so we targeted some local churches and shot mostly indoors.

Thanks to Kay, I enjoyed Wiesbaden very much!  We visited this church above called Marktkirche (Market Church). It was beautiful!  Most big churches are!    This one was different…it was a soft wood interior with a blue ceiling.  Kay and I shot for about 30 minutes and I took many wide angle and fisheye shots.   There was this overhang  above,  I thought perfect for a fisheye.  It would grab a little extra in the scene.

We walked a few miles and shot from 3:30 until 6 PM.  A lovely city!  I told Kay I would enjoy coming back in the summer.  I could see a few spots that would suit IR very well!   Thanks Kay for the tour!!!!  Hope to see you again soon!

Here is some info from the web:  Wiesbaden is a city in southwestern Germany and the capital of the federal state of Hesse. It has about 275,400 inhabitants, plus approximately 10,000 United States citizens (mostly associated with the American military). Wiesbaden, together with the cities of Frankfurt am Main and Mainz, is part of the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region, a metropolitan area with a combined population of about 5.8 million people. Wiesbaden is one of the oldest spa towns in Europe. Its name literally means “meadow baths”. At one time, Wiesbaden boasted 27 hot springs. Fifteen of the springs are still flowing today.

Talke Photography Setings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Nürnberg, Germany – St. Lorenz Cathedral (HDR)

I just returned form Germany. It was quite cold and snowy!  I visited many cities and had a chance to stop by one of my favorite places in Germany…Nürnberg.  A cute little city north of Munich and east of Frankfurt.   Temperatures last week were about 20-35 degrees.  A bit chilly!  When I arrived in Nürnberg late one afternoon, I had about an hour before my main target St. Lorenz Cathedral closed for the day.   I got there and had about 45 minutes to shoot.  You walk in this amazing church and your jaw drops!  I set up my tripod and shot away!  About 20 minutes later the guard came up to me and said it was ok for me to shoot with a tripod! WOW!!

I set up all over the place…using wide angle and my fisheye.   It is such a large Cathedral…this shot above is just the back end section!!!   I have many many great HDR’s from here. I’ll post a few more over the next few months.  The Cathedral closed at 6 PM and I walked outside to the beautiful little streets filled with shops in every direction.  As I walked an looked for my next location…a tremendous snow squall fell upon the city!  It was snowing so hard, I could barely see.  The flakes were enormous!  In a matter of minutes of walking down the street, I was covered in white!!   I walked up to a Christmas/Souvenir Store and warmed up inside waiting for the snow to pass.  20 minutes later the snow was gone and I went out to shoot some more.  A fun evening of photos in Nürnberg!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

Paris, France – Optimus Prime Lens

Here is Optimus Prime Lens (a new Transformer?)  Sometimes a little photoshop fun can lead to something artistic!  I was working a photo from Paris a bit ago and came up with this shot.  What could it be a Transformer?  Alien?  A robot from Logan’s Run?  Funky indeed!  If you look closely you may get it….so here is the original…

A carousel right near the Eiffel Tower!   A long exposure blurred the ride.  The Eiffel Tower are the arms!  I used the plugin called Flood to mirror the photo and created something fun!   Flood is a cool plug in.  You can create some water effects and/or an exact mirror effect like I used in this shot.    Have fun and let your in inner artist create photo magic!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:   6 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Flood plug in

San Francisco, CA – Grace Cathedral (HDR)

Here is the interior of Grace Cathedral revisited in fisheye!   If you have a beautiful church near you or in a location you are visiting…visit and take an HDR!  Churches and Cathedral’s in HDR can’t be beat!   Even fisheye shots are just too cool!   Nemo would approve!!  (from Finding Nemo)

Here is some Fisheye lens info:  In photography, a fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that takes in an extremely wide, hemispherical image. Originally developed for use in meteorology to study cloud formation and called “whole-sky lenses”, fisheye lenses quickly became popular in general photography for their unique, distorted appearance. They are often used by photographers shooting broad landscapes to suggest the curve of the Earth. Hemispherical photography is used for various scientific purposes to study plant canopy geometry and to calculate near-ground solar radiation.  The first full-frame fisheye lens to be mass-produced was a 16 mm lens made by Nikon in the late 1960s. Digital cameras with APS-C sized sensors require a 10.5 mm lens to get the same effect as a 16 mm lens on a camera with full-frame sensor.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/20
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza