Pittsburgh, PA – Cathedral of Learning (HDR)

One of my favorite cities to photograph due to my love of its sports teams…Pittsburgh. This day I went out with my good friend and fellow photographer, Dave DiCello. You can find his blog here.. HDR Exposed . He has tons of great shots of the Burgh!

I told my wife one day we have to live here for year so I can go to all the games..Steelers, Pirates and Penguins! ..probably when I am retired. The Photogs in the Burgh have tons of places to shoot…the city, sports parks, bridges all over the place, steel mills, old and abandoned buildings all over! HDR heaven!

One super cool place you must stop by to HDR first if you ever visit is the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. It is the perfect spot to HDR! Dave and I went early this day before classes started and it was nice and quiet! The kids probably had too many Iron City Beer’s the night before! Enjoy the photo!

If you are a photog and shoot HDR’s my HDR techniques have been evolving recently and I have a few new tricks. The shot above and a few recently have utilized these new methods. I still use Nik’s HDR Efex Pro…but its what I do in Photoshop that helps! I’ll do a post on this soon! Have fun!

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/16
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6


Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary (HDR)

I am still drawn to processing an HDR’s from here almost every week. ESP has to be my favorite location ever. I think I have posted almost 6-8 shots to date? I bet I have a total of at least 30 ESP pics to get up on P2E one day! Photo book time! …but might take another year to get to them. I have been to Alcatraz and it cannot compare to ESP. Are there any other similar type locations that can compete? Let me know!! Thanks!

Philadelphia, PA – Eastern State Penitentiary (HDR)

From the spooky and awesome Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia…this is cell block #8. My little one and I enjoy watching the TV show Ghost Adventures with Zak Baggans. I am not 100% sure ghosts exist, but I do enjoy the potential of the unknown. I think I enjoy the show mostly due to the locations they visit. This is how I found out about ESP. They visit old houses, asylums, penitentiaries and much more. All these places are sweet for HDR! Who ya gonna call….Ghostbusters!

Pittsburgh, PA – Color vs. B&W vs. Grunge

Not sure who wins…all are solid!!

or a grunge look…

or even the trifecta look…all 3 shots combined..

This find was thanks to Brad Truxell….I saw his cool shot from the Burgh and we had to find it! Thanks Brad!!

Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park (Infrared)

Its been a while since my last IR post. I am still working on my IR Photography book for Focal Press. It is still on schedule to be released 1st Quarter 2012. I will keep you posted. This shot is from PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. I was walking to the stadium and decided to try it in IR. The ferry was cruising by and it adds to the Burgh feel! My Pirates faded quickly since July and now are outta the playoff race, but I def enjoyed those few weeks we were in contention! PNC Park is one of the most beautiful parks in MLB! …even in IR! =)

Pittsburgh, PA – Early AM (HDR)

Pittsburgh is one super photographic city! When shooting with Dave DiCello and Theaterwiz (Mike Criswell) recently…we hit the city at 5 AM! The North Shore was the target for sunrise. We were walking riverside and I saw Dave down on this seating area and as he was around the corner…I grabbed this shot. A foreground subject with the Clemente Bridge and the city in the background. Not only do I need to move to the Burgh one day to see all my fav sports teams, I better get my hard drive ready for tons of pics!!

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

HDR Mafia – Pittsburgh Style (HDR Composite)

I had been traveling for about a month now for business and luckily had a few chances to go out shooting when possible. I was in Pittsburgh this past week and gave my good friends Dave DiCello HDR Exposed and Mike Criswell aka Theaterwiz a heads up and we had a few early morning hours to catch some pics before my flight left at noon. We met at 5 AM and you will see in the next few months…we tackled some great locations and took some sweet HDR’s. Thanks to Dave for driving…his knowledge of Pittsburgh is key! Mike cruised in from Ohio and I cant even remember where I came in from…oh yeah Cleveland.

We have an HDR Mafia in Austin…as Mike noted on his blog yesterday…it is time for Mike & Dave to start an East Coast Chapter. Check out Mike’s shot on his blog..another sweet HDR. Dave will get his version up soon! While shooting, we had to capture the moment and look like tough guys…the shot above was our second location for posing. Funny…we were walking in the Strip District and I said…I had seen some old tires stacked in someones shot online…I wish we could find it! Then whammo..right in front of us right after I completed my sentence.

The shot above was an HDR Composite. I am learning this method and its quite easy. Take a normal shot of your subjects and then have them step away and while keeping the camera in the same position…take the scene in HDR (This was 7 exposures). Combine the two in photoshop layers, blend, touch up and thats it! This one I added a little extra touch from onOne’s Photo Tools.

I had a blast shooting with Dave & Mike! Two super talented HDR artists! Follow their blogs and check out their sweet HDR’s! The Burgh Rules! In this pic from left to right: Pete Talke, Dave DiCello, Mike Criswell