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!!

Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms


I was looking through old pics the other day and realized that I rarely ever take flower pics. In my early days, flowers were a focus…an easy subject. But now with portraits, landscapes and sports…flowers have taken a back seat. I pulled these up from a trip a while back and always love the vintage look on white flowers that other photogs give them….so I did the same. Enjoy!

Spring in Texas – Blue Bonnets


It has finally been a prefect spring here in Texas! Lots of rain and nice warm temperatures. This means tons of Blue Bonnets. Last year we barley had any…this year is the most I have ever seen! Riding down a road or highway, they are wonderful to see! Big patches all over! What Austin photographer cannot resist posting a shot of Blue Bonnets this week! Hope spring has arrived in your area!

Spring Flowers in Infrared


From last spring while walking around Mayfield Park here in Austin one lunch…this one tree had some lovely flowers blooming and I shot it in IR. The added bokeh gives it a nice feel. We are about a week away here in Texas from getting our spring flowers…hope winter was not too bad for you where you live! My IR camera will be ready for the foliage!!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.6-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 56.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/180 second
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Hand held
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Color Efex pro

Flower Art

Just a little photo fun I had with a flower from my wife’s Mother’s Day bouquet!  Not sure what type of flower this is…but I like it!  Added a texture to give a different look.  I just put the flower in a beer glass (stem was tall), set two strobes up left and right, then on my tripod shot with my 105mm Marco lens.  Simple and easy!  Have fun!

Fractalius Friday!

It’s Friday!   Time a fractalius flower!  One of my favorite artistic plug-ins from Redfield.  Still no filter for the Mac.  I have to use an old PC with the filter on it and transfer files…oh the fun!   Hopefully one day they will jump on the Mac bandwagon!

Johnson City, Texas – Bluebonnets

It is spring in Texas…this means wildflower season!  At this time of year hopefully you can find bluebonnets all over.  Unfortunately, this year in Austin they are hard to find!  Sometimes when we do not get enough rain..or this year it may have been too cold near spring..it can affect the amount of flowers.  We can see small patches near our house here and there…but not enough to take the traditional family shot with.  On Saturday we decided to take a drive to Fredericksburg, then up to the Willow City Loop.  The Willow City Loop is a 13 mile scenic drive through the hill country canyon area that is a hot spot to see wildflowers.  We made the drive (my first time) and saw only a few small patches…so sad!    During our drive up through Johnson City…we did see our biggest patch yet and on the drive back…we stopped and took a few pics!  They are lovely flowers and this shot was done up with the Pixel Bender plug-in for CS5.  Its free and I love using it on flowers and landscape…this is the oilpaint option.  Enjoy spring wherever you may be…hope some flowers are popping up!!

Akita, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

The past few days it has been 70+ degrees here in Austin.  So nice to feel spring weather!  Some of us are only a few weeks away!  Green grass and flowers will pop up soon!  I cannot wait.   So I was thinking of a trip I had to Japan in April a while back.  I had just missed the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, but luckily was traveling up north in Japan.  The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom!   We went out to lunch one afternoon the roads in town were so beautiful…trees everywhere!!  For the shot above, I asked my co-worker to pull over so I can grab a photo.  I looked up at the great tree and snapped away!  If you are ever planning a visit to Japan…the first few weeks of April is Cherry Blossom time!   A dream of mine would be to visit Kyoto with the Blossoms in full beauty!   Sayonara!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/200
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photo Tools 2.6