New York City – World Trade Center

I took this shot many years ago with a film camera. I grew up in NJ and traveled into NYC often. As soon as I arrived into Penn Station I would head directly to the Twin Towers. It was my favorite thing to do in NYC. Now just a memory. We will never forget!

New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall (HDR)

From the city that never sleeps…New York City…and HDR of the famous Radio City Music Hall. Love this city! Wish I could visit soon!

It is a little busy around here these days. We are moving soon to SoCal and unfortunately, the blog will slow down for a few weeks. Probably 1 post/week til July. I also have a new logo (on today’s picture) and am in the middle of re-branding to Peter Talke Photography. I also have some BIG projects in the works…I will keep you posted!

Later this summer and in the future…look for some cool HDR and IR shots from Orange County and the LA Area! I used to live there 7 years ago…and it will be nice to go back and look at the area with a fresh eye and some new skills! Have fun!

A shout out to Bek Davis Web/Development Design! Bek created my new logo and she did one fantastic job! If you are thinking about a new look…send her an email!! Thanks Bek!! You rock!

World Trade Center – Brochure

I grew up in NJ and one of my favorite things to do when visiting NYC was to arrive into Penn Station take the subway to the World Trade Center and go up to the top to see the view of New York City….floor 104 if I can recall. I watched a few shows yesterday on the 10 year anniversary and remembered that I had an old brochure from one of my visits years ago. This is about 20 years old. Here is the brochure from the World Trade Center thanks to my scanner. Click each image for a larger view. Even after 10 years…it is still very emotional to see. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that lost their lives on 9/11. We will never forget!!!

PDF Version: Feel free to download and keep! You may have to rotate the file upon download.

New York City, New York – Times Square (HDR)

This one is for New York City! One of the best cities in the world! Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and my thoughts and prayers go out to all that lost loved ones on this horrible day. I was watching some shows just this past week on the attacks and still get sick to my stomach…even 10 years later. The world is a better place now, but still will never be the same. I am proud to live our amazing country…USA!!!

Talke Photography Settings:
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/4.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

New York City, NY – Chrysler Building

I was looking through some old pics the other day and before my days of HDR’ing…I actually took normal shots!  This one is the Chrysler Building seen from the top of the Empire State Building.  What a view of a beautiful city up there!  I miss NYC.  I have not visited in a few years.  Hope I can get back this summer.  I gave the shot the vintage look along with a little selective focus…both thanks to onOne’s Photo Suite!  I bet its cold in the city right now!!  Spring will be here soon!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 105.0 mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Exposure:  1/200
  • Aperture:  f/7.1
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Viveza, Photo Tools 2.6

New York, New York – World Trade Center

It has been 9 years and for those that lived through it…we will all never forget.  It is the 9 year anniversary of 9/11 today and let’s remember all of the one’s we lost in this tragedy.  I think we all can recall where we were that day.  Hopefully you or a loved one was not there.   My sister was working across the street that day and witnessed much firsthand.  Unreal.  She has some sad stories to tell.

I grew up in New Jersey and we would travel into the city often.   My most favorite thing to do was to get into Penn Station and head immediately to the Twin Towers and go to the top and see the city view from above.  This photo above was from my of my trips into the city around the early 90’s.  No digital cameras then.  Sorry for the quality…it is a developed photo scanned in.   This shot is from the top of the Empire State building looking across to the once beautiful view of the Twin Towers in the distance.  A day like this makes everyone stronger…and smarter.

New York, New York – Empire State Building

From before my love of HDR’ing…here is a normal photo of the amazing Empire State Building.  If I can recall, I took my first HDR ever on the visit to NYC.  It is my most popular HDR ever – Times Square.   As for the photo…I always try to get a different view or angle if possible.   Kinda makes it a challenge..of course I take the standard shots, but photography is fun…so try something different!   I’ll call this one “The Leaning Tower of the Empire State”.

Whats crazy to see is the window washer platforms on the buildings side.  Yikes!!!  Not a job for me!!!  Wonder how much they get paid for that job?

Some intersting info from the web:  In New York, commercial window washers are protected by a special labor law that makes a building owner liable for injuries due to defective equipment such as a safety harness or scaffold. “If the job is not safe, you have the right not to work,” said Mark E. Seitelman, a lawyer who represents a window washer injured when his arm got lodged in a hole in the scaffolding on a skyscraper last year. In New York, unionized window washers must learn basic regulations, and also how the equipment works, whether it’s a ladder, scaffold or belt anchored to a window. Apprentices earn a $35,000 salary for the first two years in the union safety program, but can make up to $70,000 a year after earning journeyman status. Horton says many of New York’s non-union workers are immigrants who get paid off the books in cash.

Talek Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 28.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/500 sec
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe Cs4

Las Vegas, NV – New York NY Hotel (HDR)

Las Vegas.  I love this place and look forward to visiting whenever possible.   I wish I had conventions there for my work, but unfortunately, we do not.  We try to fly out for a day or so every summer.  I really enjoy just walking around to see the sights and the night lights. Typically during my visits I only have a little time to take photographs….and here is one from this past year.  Something I rarely do…it is a single raw file processed into HDR.  I was playing around today with some old pics and decided to give this one a try.  I liked the HDR…but it needed a little pop.  As I am a fan of selective color…I decided to give it a try! Hope you enjoy this shot!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 200.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   3 seconds (Single RAW HDR)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Silver Efex Pro

New York, New York – Merry Christmas!

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Merry Christmas to all my readers!  Happy Holidays as well!!  Hope you are having a great time!  What better way to celebrate on Places 2 Explore than the most famous Christmas Tree in the world…Rockefeller Center in New York City!   Best wishes to you and your family!

New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall (HDR)

Radio City HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

I was in NYC a few weeks back and had a few hours to grab a few shots.  We walked around Rockefeller Center and I had always wanted to get an HDR of Radio City Music Hall.   I took a few versions, but I liked this grand shot with the car lights cruising by.   A colorful street corner!    I have never been to any event at Radio City…I hear it is wonderful!

Here is some info from the web:  The names “Radio City” and “Radio City Music Hall” derive from one of the complex’s first tenants, the Radio Corporation of America. Radio City Music Hall was a project of Rockefeller; Samuel Roxy Rothafel, who previously opened the Roxy Theatre in 1927; and RCA chairman David Sarnoff. RCA had developed numerous studios for NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, just to the south of the Music Hall, and the radio-TV complex that lent the Music Hall its name is still known as the NBC Radio City Studios.

The Music Hall opened to the public on December 27, 1932 with a lavish stage show featuring Ray Bolger and Martha Graham. The opening was meant to be a return to high-class variety entertainment. The new format was not a success. The program was very long and individual acts were lost in the cavernous hall. On January 11, 1933, the Music Hall converted to the then familiar format of a feature film with a spectacular stage show which Rothafel had perfected at the Roxy Theatre. The first film was shown on the giant screen was Frank Capra’s The Bitter Tea of General Yen starring Barbara Stanwyck and the Music Hall became the premiere showcase for films from the RKO-Radio Studio. The film plus stage spectacle format continued at the Music Hall until 1979 with four complete performances presented every day.

Radio City has 5,933 seats for spectators; it became the largest movie theater in the world at the time of its opening. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, the interior of the theater, with decor by Donald Deskey, incorporates glass, aluminum, chrome, and geometric ornamentation. Deskey rejected the Rococo embellishment generally used for theaters at that time in favor of a contemporary Art Deco style, borrowed heavily from a European Modern aesthetic style, of which he was the foremost exponent at the time.

Great stuff!  I’d love to see a concert there one day!  New York is one of the best cities in the world!!!  I can visit again and again!