Tampa, Florida – Tampa Bay Times Forum (HDR)

Tampa Bay Time orum_Talke
If you ever get downtown Tampa stop by and see the Tampa Bay Times Forum. A great spot for an HDR. A nice big parking lot, then you can take the 5 minute walk to get the cool waterway city skyline shot! Tampa is a small city…but def worth a few pics! Hockey playoffs are going on right now….hope your team made it! The Lightning did not make it this year. So the arena is quiet.

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HDR Backgrounds for Composites

If you are into composite photography…please take a look at my HDR backgrounds for sale! Recently I came across of photo of my friend’s sons hockey card they posted on Facebook. I noticed it was my HDR background! Very cool! I searched and found what company was offering such awesome cards!!!

It was Hot Shots Little Shots Photography. Great work Susanne! Check out her site and if you live in the Lambertville, NJ area… book her to capture memories of your kids that will last a lifetime!

Hot Shots Little Shots Photography

If you have purchased my HDR backgrounds and have any cool photos…send me a shot. I’d be happy to post it and link to your site!!

To purchase my HDR backgrounds….you can visit two locations (each have exclusive HDR’s)
1. Denny Mfg. – Digital Download and Printed Backdrops
2. Peter Talke Photography – digital download

Thanks for looking!! Email me if you have any questions!!

Anaheim, California – The Rinks (HDR)


I have been working on my HDR backgrounds and found a super cool spot near where I live….it is called The Rinks. I went to scout it one day after seeing picture online and walked in and loved the wood roof!!! Perfect for HDR. I went back one morning at 4:30 AM and shot it before an Ice Dancers practice. Yes, the Ice Dancers had practice at 4:30 AM….now that is commitment!! The shot above was from the center of the rink…fisheye style!! (Sorry not Gangham Style) The curve of the roof in fisheye was cool!! I always like any sports arena in fisheye!

I just posted an HDR Composite using the upcoming release of the standard HDR from here…this shot is of Ana from the Lady Ducks. Ana was amazing posing for this shot! Thanks Ana!!

As for my HDR Backgrounds…for those that may not know…I have been selling my HDR’s as digital downloads on my site Talke Photography for a few months now. These can be used for portrait backgrounds. Also very soon Denny Mfg. will be selling my HDR backgrounds as well!! The backgrounds at Denny Mfg. can be digitally downloaded or made into a backdrop! Since not all the backgrounds can be made into backdrops, the balance of my HDR’s will be sold on my site! Both locations have exclusive HDR backgrounds.

Where to buy Peter Talke Photography HDR Backgrounds –
1. Talke Photography – digital download only
2. Denny Mfg. – digital download and option to buy as a backdrop (Coming soon)

As soon as they are released as Denny Mfg…I will let you know. Should be within the next week or so! This is what the web page will look like…

Hopefully it is not too confusing. My HDR Backgrounds are for sale right now on Talke Photography!!! I’ll put one more write up again when they are released at Denny Mfg.!!! Thanks!

Pittsburgh, PA – Mellon Arena (HDR)

Mellon Arena B&W HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix, Silver Efex Pro

Hockey season is opening this week for the NHL.  My favorite team…the Pittsburgh Penguins are the defending NHL Champions.  Here is a shot of their home for this year…the Mellon Arena.  Or it can be called the Igloo as it looks like one!  This is the last year for the Igloo.  The Penguins will have a new home next year…so this will be the last season for this arena.

Here is some info from the web: The US$ 22 million arena was built for the CLO in 1961. Funding was provided by a combination of public and private money, including grants from Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and Edgar J. Kaufmann owner of Kaufmann’s department store. The arena’s design incorporated 2,950 tons of stainless steel from Pittsburgh. The Arena was designed for the CLO, which previously held productions at Pitt Stadium. The roof, which is supported by a 260 foot arch, is free of internal support leaving no obstruction for the seats within. The roof, which has a diameter of 415 feet, is divided into eight sections. Six of the sections could fold underneath two—in two and one-half minutes—making the Mellon Arena the world’s first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof  The stadium’s capacity fluctuates depending on the event being hosted, but has increased due to additions between 1972 and 1991. The arena originally consisted only of lower bowl seating, but over time, upper decks were installed in the arena’s “end zones” to increase capacity. In December 1999, Mellon Financialpurchased the Arena’s naming rights in a 10 year, $18 million agreement, which renamed the arena Mellon Arena.

This shot was with my tripod and cable release…5 exposures and post processed in Photomatix.  A little touch up in Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro to give it the glow and B&W effect.   Good luck Penguins!   Hope your day skates on by!