New York City – World Trade Center

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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!

Castile, NY – Letchworth Falls (Infrared)


Oen of the most beautiful waterfalls in New York is Letchworth Falls. Some info from the web…Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park spans more than 14,000 acres, containing spectacular vistas, more than 30 waterfalls, a major dam, campsites, historic buildings, museums and plenty of things to do. Over 50 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the park offer visitors a new experience every time they visit.

Bisected by the Genesee River, the park offers both something for the leisurely visitor and the adventurous. The river gorge cuts through the valley yielding three major waterfalls within and multiple cascades emptying into the ravine as well as plenty of scenic magnificence and white-water thrills. Not only does the park offer excellent access to the major falls of the Genesee, with sheer cliffs up to 550 feet high and a watershed miles across; there are plenty of opportunities to find a spectacular ribbon falls, such as Inspiration Falls, the highest in the state.

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!

New York 1930’s – Motorcycling

Hopefully we all have some great old photos in our family. While visiting my Grandma this past year we looked thru her old pics. My Grandpa was a avid motorcycle racer. Road races, hill climbs and anything moto! My photoshop skills are solid but to rework an old photo…a professional is needed. I sent in 2 pics today to a shop in TN called Antique Photo Repair. This is my scanned in image of my Grandpa from 1929 (with a small attempt to clean it up). Whomever took this shot must have been a great photographer! Super exposure!

When it arrives back…I’ll post the results. In the photos from this period I came across this shot…my Grandpa is in the middle….not sure who the other men are…all that is known is that it is from the 1930’s in upstate New York. Look at the condition of this shot! Also as a photographer the exposure is wonderful!! I can only imagine what camera was used to grab this shot! I’d love to one day study the history of photography. Unfortunately, many of us new photogs have no clue about early day cameras. I am picturing in my mind the box type camera with an accordion type body with a flash stand that goes “poof”! Any one know of any good books to read about camera history??

Castile, NY – Letchworth Falls (Infrared)


From upstate New York here is a infrared photo of the famous Letchworth Falls. A wonderful waterfall that you must see if you live in the northeast! Some info from the web: Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park spans more than 14,000 acres, containing spectacular vistas, more than 30 waterfalls, a major dam, campsites, historic buildings, museums and plenty of things to do. Over 50 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the park offer visitors a new experience every time they visit.

Farming in Infrared


IR Farm Equipment? Why not? I was cruising by this farm one day in upstate New York and pulled over on the side of the road and grabbed this shot. Not sure how it would turn out? Looks cool in IR! Roadside shots are always a fun part of being a photographer. How many great shots have you taken just by pulling over? Once you have the “photographers eye”…as you travel anywhere (car, plane, train)…how many times have you said to yourself, “That would be a great photo!” If you have your camera with you…pull over and take that shot! You will be happy you did!

Trumansburg, NY – Taughannock Falls (HDR)


Deep into upstate New York you can find the small town of Trumansburg. Nestled in the countryside is Taughannock State Park.

Some info from the web: Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail–hiking, cross-country skiing–winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. Boat Launch Site not suitable for any type of sailboat. The park also offers organized activities including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront.