Portageville, NY – Lyn’s Life Boats (HDR)


When traveling to Letchworth State Park depending on the route you take to get there…you can drive through the small town of Portageville. Just a few old historical buildings…some still in business some not. I love little towns like this! I saw this old business on the way in and decided to stop by on my way out and take this photo. Any old abandoned location needs that grunge look…so I added the feel via OnOne’s Photo Tools 2.6 Plug-in. Places like this want to be HDR’d. Tough to pass this one by!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 18.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 9 Exposures (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Upstate New York – Old Barn


While cruising around upstate New York recently, I saw this old beat down barn on the side of the road. I pulled over and grabbed the shot. I was on my way somewhere so didn’t have time to set up for an HDR…but it was a sunny day…probably would not have looked so great. With this shot I just used NIK’s Tonal Contrast to give it a little kick. Road side shots are always fun!! Enjoy!

Las Vegas, Nevada – New York NY Hotel

Sometimes what you happen to photograph in Vegas, does not stay photographed in Vegas!  …It pops up on the interweb!  LOL  Here is New York New York Hotel in the blue hour.  I love this hotel…a perfect subject to photograph! That roller coaster has given me vertigo a few times!  The sad effect of getting old.  Have a great weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 40.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  3 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro,  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

Buffalo, New York – St. Stanislaus Church (HDR)

From the beautiful St. Stanislaus nestled in near downtown Buffalo, NY, the photo above was processed in HDR to show the amazing details of this church.  I was a bit afraid driving near this location to grab this shot.  The local area is a bit questionable.  I went in took my pics and got outta there fast!   LOL   The things we do for photos!!

Info from the web: St. Stanislaus is the oldest Polish parish in the diocese of Buffalo, and maybe the oldest in New York State (St. Stanislaus in NYC also founded the same year). The first pastor and founder was Rev. Jan Pitass, a Silesian who was the “irremovable pastor” for 39 years. Pitass, the pioneer priest, is also considered the founder of the Polish American community in Western New York. A national known figure, he built an enormous empire for the Poles on the east side of Buffalo. He established a parish school and brought the Felician sisters to Buffalo in 1882, he founded a parish cemetery in 1889, co founded a national fraternal organization, Unia Polska w Ameryce and was responsible for the first Polish Catholic Convention in America.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 F/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

Rochester, NY – High Falls (HDR)

If you are every in upstate New York, Rochester is a nice little city.  I have quite a few customers here and have been traveling to Rochester for many years.  Rochester is known as the home of Eastman Kodak.  Many years ago Kodak’s business was booming and Rochester was enjoying the growth.   Now with Kodak shifting more business overseas, the Rochester location is basically a museum.  I wanted to take a few shots of the Eastman Kodak building, but it was being refurbished.  I’ll take some shots there one day soon.

Just near Kodak you can find the High Falls Historic District.  This view is from a bridge overlooking High Falls.  Near here you can find shopping, restaurants, and the Red Wings baseball stadium is in walking distance.   Here is some info from the web:

Once a booming mix of mills and factories, Rochester’s Brown’s RaceNeighborhood has gone through drastic changes in the last two decades. The city has invested millions in cleaning up the old brick buildings, attempting to  revitalize the area as an entertainment district. Bars and restaurants come and go, with few successfully maintaining a steady business. A massive parking structure was built, as well as a pedestrian bridge that not only allows people to traverse the Genesee Gorge, but also to observe the 96 foot High Falls and the massive Genesee Gorge walls, scarred with the constructions of industry past. Old mills that lined the gorge were refurbished into a Visitor Center, complete with a museum documenting the district’s past.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 35.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro
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    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.

    Buffalo, New York – St. Louis Church (HDR)

    I was traveling in Toronto a few weeks ago and had to take a drive to Rochester, NY the next day.  I had a little extra time in the AM..so I left early and decided to take my first visit into downtown Buffalo.  I scouted some locations and my target was this amazing church!  It is the St. Louis Church.  A stunner in HDR!  I am glad I stopped by.  I love taking Church shots in HDR.  One day I will plan an HDR book just on churches!   That would be heavenly!!  =))

    Info from the web:  First opened in 1829, St. Louis is the Mother Church of the Buffalo Diocese. St. Louis Church is home to the oldest Catholic congregation in the City of Buffalo. The Church was built in a cruciform plan with a nave 200 feet long with a grand central tower surmounted by a 72-foot open-work spire. The Church organ was originally installed in the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • 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

    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!