San Clemente, CA – Pier (HDR)


One more pic from my new favorite beach spot in SoCal…San Clemente. This shot was taken while in midst of my family session. Kudos for the good eye Dan! Dan asked if I could snap this shot of the seagulls under the pier. I did and after processing…a favorite!! A different view of a pier! Enjoy your weekend!!

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Newport Beach, CA – Pier (HDR)


We are planning to move from Austin soon. Our destination….Orange County, CA. I had lived there for a few years and it will be great to be back! Places like Newport Beach will be in my backyard. I’m excited about my future photographs. I will plan to master long exposure at the beaches. Portraits at the beaches. Texas will be missed. Bring on the In-N-Out burgers!!

Talke Photography Settings

Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 19.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/4
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

St. Augustine, FL – Long exposure


This was taken on a very cold early AM last year in St. Augustine, FL. It was February and about 32 degrees outside with a nice crisp 20 mph wind. I can’t recall ever being that cold in Florida. Any photog out there knows the fun we endure just to get that shot! This was a peace of cake, but I know we all have that story of hanging off an edge…putting our life in danger…all for photography! Stay safe!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1.3 seconds
Aperture: f/22.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Silver Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Cocoa Beach, Florida – Pier – Long Exposure

I had some fun taking this long exposure shot at the pier in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  It was a nice late afternoon..I arrived around 5 Pm to get some sunset pics.  It was still a bit sunny and I decided to throw my B&W ND #106 1.8-64X on my lens.  I must admit, I rarely think to put a filter on a lens these days due to the options available in Photoshop and plug-ins.  I fas as I know…there is no plug-in that can create the water motion effect.  Long exposures become easier with the right filter on.   I have only taken a handful of shots using this filter…but always love the effect it creates!   Check out B&W website to find a filter that you may like!

These type of shots always look great in black & white…I processed it using my new Silver Efex Pro 2.  Once I get more time with the software…let ya know how it is!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Manual Mode
  • Filter: B&W ND #106 1.8-64X
  • Focal Length: 60.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  10 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Silver Efex Pro 2

Huntington Beach, CA – Pier (HDR)

From a few weekends ago…I woke up early to catch the sunrise at Huntington Beach Pier on a Saturday morning..  I was lucky…at around 6:20 ish AM the lights on the pier automatically shut off…I was able to catch 2 HDR’s in time!    The photo above was one shot.  As I continued to shoot the pier…it was cool to see all the surfers arrive at the same time.  I grabbed a few shots up on the pier…will post em one day soon.  This pier is a great subject.  I had never shot it before.  I’d like to go back one day at sunset and try some more shots.  I had brought with me my “Star” filter in hopes to try my first HDR with the filter to see how it looks.  But the lights on the pier went out too soon. Already the long exposure creates a flare on the lights.  What will it do to and HDR? I have no idea??   I’ll try it one day! That is the fun of photography…so many styles to try!!   As the sun rose, I put on my B&W ND Filter #106.  I had fun trying to gain the smoky water effect.  After the sun was up on the horizon…my pier time was over!  Onto surfing shots!!

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/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza, Photo Tools 2.6

Myrtle Beach, SC – Apache Pier (HDR)

Here is a shot I took a few weeks ago while on vacation in Myrtle Beach.  It is of the Apache Pier in North Myrtle Beach.  I woke up early this morning to try and catch a sunrise shot…but Mother Nature decided to add an early rain storm this day to the coast!  In the distance it was starting to get dark and I did see a few lightning strikes…but no luck catching any before the rain arrived.   This shot is a bit different…a view from the Pier, not from the beach looking at the pier.

Sorry gonna keep this short…just arrived home late last bite after being away for 2 weeks….whew!   Had a chance to take tons of new pics…if I total my CF cards…it may be 50 GB!  Yikes!  Guess I know what I will be doing for the next few days/weeks after work!!   LOL   Enjoy your day!!  Catch up time begins!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Myrtle Beach, SC – Under the Boardwalk (HDR)

    Its time for summer vacation…we are hitting Myrtle Beach again.   This shot was from last summer’s visit.  I love HDR pier shots…hope to find another pier this year?  Myrtle Beach is a fun spot to get away.  I plan to hit a new spot this time…called Brookgreen.  Looks beautiful!!!  Perfect for IR and HDR.   Details in a few weeks.  Hope you have fun plans for the summer!  Life is a beach!!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 19.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/4
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix