Las Vegas, Nevada – Excalibur Hotel (HDR)


One more from Vegas…as the sign says…”Cheap Food, Cold Booze, Live Music”….thats why its tough not to love Vegas. The Excalibur is one of the hotels when you see it you say to yourself cool…but for an HDR…its white…not so cool. White subjects in HDR often turn grayish. I was walking back to my hotel passing by and I just wanted to catch a different view. Above is what I captured. Not bad Excalibur! ..and HDR at Knight!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Las Vegas, Nevada – Luxor Hotel (HDR)


From my recent trip to Vegas…this shot was on my list. I arrived near sunset and thought the light rays might be shooting along with the sunset behind the hotel….got lucky! One cool design for a hotel. Never stayed there…not sure how the room are. If the Nile is your style…this is your kinda place! =)

I was trying to find some cool and different spots in Vegas to HDR after taking this shot. I had an idea for the MGM hotel. Woke up early on AM ant 4:45 AM and walked over…hoping that things would have quieted down. Geez!! Even at 4:45 AM…people were partying and gambling! I talked to security and my idea was shot down without proper approval. I tried! If anyone has any contacts at MGM…please let me know. If not, I will try to call in advance and get the shot set up! Hopefully one day! We can all dream! Have fun!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 13.0 mm
ISO: 400
Exposure: 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

La Quinta, CA – La Quinta Resort & Club (HDR)


We took the weekend off and took a drive to Palm Springs, CA. If you head to Palm Springs in July…its considered off season. Why?…its way too hot! About 108-110 degrees each day! Whew! But the good thing is that you can relax by the pool and its very cheap!!! We paid only $100/nite at the La Quinta Resort and Club. La Quinta is southeast of Palm Springs….about 15 miles..near Indian Wells….where the Professional Tennis tournament is located in March.

Its a great resort, dating from 1926…I can imagine that years ago it was amazing! Cozy and quaint casitas are your rooms. 70 pools spread all over the property….basically a pool will be outside your hotel room door…no matter where you stay! The shot above is the entrance to to the hotel at blue hour. Such a lovely view! Thanks La Quninta…we enjoyed our weekend getaway!! =)

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro 2, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Las Vegas, NV – Venetian Hotel (HDR)


Viva Las Vegas! When walking thru the Venetian this early AM…around 8ish..all was quiet and a few drunkards were stumbling by. While taking the gondola ride the evening before…I had to grab this shot and decided to come back. I’m sure many people have the same photo as well. It is a nice re-creation of Venice. The fake buildings look solid in HDR. Now here was the challenge…the original ceiling is a lighted sky. The lighting is odd and the sky def looks off and funky in HDR. So whats a photog to do? I added a sky layer to make it look cleaner. I messed with Saturation, skew and added NIK tonal contrast to the sky to get it to fit in properly. Now its Viva Las Photoshop!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Miami Beach, Florida – Colony Hotel (HDR)


From the colorful Miami Beach here is the the Colony Hotel. I awoke this day around 5 AM and went down to the main strip to catch the lights. It was quiet…luckily! Typically its crazy. I must say being middle aged…Miami is def a place for youth and the party people! The women are dressed up at 10 AM and you can find all kinds of odd folks there as well. One time me and the family stayed at a hotel on the strip and had to check out the next morning. Everyone was partying in the hotel at 2 AM. Too much for me…my party days are over. And I also needed my rest to get up in a few hours to catch photos of the sunrise! LOL

It was summer at this time and the standard Florida camera situation arose this AM. I came from a nice cool air conditioned hotel room. Parked on the strip. Grabbed my camera, took it out and due to the high humidity…it fogged up right away. Just wiping it does not help. You have to wait about 10 mins for it to adjust. I had forgot about this and had to wait it out. Just in time before the sun rose…I grabbed the shot above. Enjoy your weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 13.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Boulder, CO – Hotel Boulderado (HDR)


From the lovely town of Boulder, CO…you can find the classic Hotel Boulderado. I was up here at 5 AM this day to capture the hotel in HDR. It always happens..you try to capture a subject at quiet time and some people are always up walking around at this super early time. The fun of photography! Waiting for peeps to pass on by!

Some info from the web: As one of the first Boulder hotels, the hotel’s name comes from the words “Boulder” and “Colorado” so no guest would forget where they had stayed. The hotel has become a National Register Landmark and is a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America.

The Victorian elegance of the property will embrace you from the moment you step foot into our lobby. Our stained glass ceiling and cantilevered cherry wood staircase, elegantly furnished guestrooms, and comfortable antique furnished sitting areas will impress even the most discriminating traveler.

The magnificent lobby foreshadows the luxurious decor of each of our 160 guestrooms and suites. Many of our rooms feature spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. All of them welcome you with comfortable surroundings and an array of modern conveniences. The in-house award-winning restaurant, gift shop, and lounges all ensure that you can accomplish any number of tasks just a few steps outside your guestroom door.

Since we opened on New Year’s Day in 1909 as Boulder’s first luxury hotel, we have sought to provide the highest level of service to our guests. Hotel literature from the 1920’s stated “every guest may expect the best and get it.”

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/13
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Mineral Wells, Texas – Baker Hotel (HDR-Infrared)


One more shot from the photo walk. I was using my converted Infrared Nikon D70S after my D300’s mirror locked up. I took all shots as IR-HDR’s. In the back of the hotel there is a small cul-de-sac with a rear entrance. I can assume this was for the rich and famous to enter in the hotel without interruption. When you look upwards, there is this large pipe that extends up the wall of the hotel. Very different and cool! Not sure what its purpose is? A big fireplace inside? One day, I would love to go inside and take tons of HDR’s!

Talke Photography Settings:
Infrared Converted Nikon D70S
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 3 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6