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

    St. Augustine, FL – Pier (HDR)

    Here is a pre-sunrise HDR from St. Augustine, FL.  The ocean was a bit angry this morning as it was a cold 38 degrees this Mid February day!  The long exposures create  a nice motion of the ocean!   Pier shots in HDR are another great combo!  If you have a pier near you…go shoot it in HDR at Sunrise or Sunset…you will be glad you did!   Have fun!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 24.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/11
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable  Release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    St. Augustine, Florida – A Break in the Clouds (HDR)

    When in Florida a few weeks back I had a Saturday AM to do anything the day before the race.  I had always wanted to visit St. Augustine.  There are a few historical sights there to see and visit.  From Orlando it was about a 75 minute drive to get there.  My goal was to get a beach shot with the sun rising.   Time was important, so I left at 5:23 AM and arrived at St. Augustine Beach at 6:36 AM…20 minutes before the sunrise!  Whew!   With all the cold weather we have been having in the US…it was amazing to me that on Feb 13th this AM it was only 37 degrees in Florida!!   Yikes!!!

    When I drove up to the beach I got out and and checked out the scene.  About 1/2 mile away I saw this pier in the distance!  Bonus!  I jumped in and drove to it…just a fishing pier with a parking lot.  I sat in the car for a few minutes…at the beach there probably was a 15-20 mile wind….subtract that with 37 degrees = freezing my &$#@* off!!  …in Florida???  What luck!   So about 10 minutes before sunrise I started taking many HDR’s.  The sky was perfect, but I was worried the sun would not be able to pop through the clouds.

    The around 7:15 AMish…the sun rose…and magically the clouds somewhat broke!  I had my opportunity!  I was taking 5 exposures, moving a few feet and taking more and more HDRs!   I could see that the sun was pumping out the flares…wonderful!!  …I knew time was short.    What was also great… the waves were large!  Probably 5-10 feet and breaking all over!!  Coming in strong at a 45 degree angle!  The sun disappeared in 10 minutes and I did as well in 20 minutes.  My hands were frozen!!  All worth it!!!  The fun of photography!!   I’ll post another shot from St. Augustine next week.

    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, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

    Myrtle Beach, SC – Apache Pier

    MBeach Pier Dawn HDR

    NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

    I posted a similar shot at the Apache Pier in North Myrtle Beach, SC a few months ago.  This one was before the sun came up and it the lights on the pier reflect nicely in the water.   The other shot was a bit later in the AM.   Either way…piers in HDR are perfect!  There is also an Apache Pier Restaurant if you are in town.

    I truly enjoy visiting Myrtle Beach for vacation.  Hope you can make it one day!   I took this shot with a tripod and cable release, post processed in Photomatix.    Hope your day is a walk on the beach!

    Myrtle Beach, SC – Sunrise

    Myrtle Beach Sunrise

    NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24

    A nice way to start a week with a beautiful sunrise from Myrtle Beach, SC.   This was  a summer shot taken around 6:30 AM in North Myrtle Beach.  I wanted to catch the sun in between the pier legs…and hoped to get a reflection on the water.

    Here is some info from the web: Myrtle Beach became a town in 1938 and became a city in 1957.  It’s name comes from the wax myrtle, a shrub that grows abundandtly in the area.  History records that the first tourists here were a party of Spaniards from Hispaniola, who landed about 50 miles north of present-day Myrtle Beach and, in 1526, eventually established the first European settlement in the U.S. about 30 miles to the south.  That settlement, San Miguel de Guadalupe, was abandoned the following year, though, and the group returned to Hispaniola. In the next three centuries, the region’s population grew, but slowly.  In the late 1800s and early 1900s, people began to “vacation” here, although it was quite rustic.  Houses and camps were sparse, and there were only few permanent residents at the turn of the century.  But, drawn by the ocean, sand and trees, people began to call Myrtle Beach “home” as the 1900s progressed.  Today it is one of the nicest easy going vacation spots in the USA!

    Enjoy and have a great week!

    Newport Beach, CA – Pier

    Newport Pier HDR

    NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

    Here is version two of the Newport Beach Pier in HDR.  This version is looking back at the beach away from the ocean.

    Here is some info from the web: Newport Pier is one of several prominent piers in Newport Beach. From this wooden structure you can look south to see the Balboa Pier, the second major pier in the OC city. Newport Pier, historically known as McFadden’s Wharf, is where the Dory Fishermen dock their dory boats and bring in their catch of the day, selling them to the public.

    The Newport Pier is ideal for strolling and features a lifeguard station at its base, several rows of shops and restaurants, several hotels, lots of beach rental houses, a bicycle path, public restrooms, a ready teller machine, and a huge parking lot where you put coins in the individual pay meters and pay to park. The pier overlooks a beautiful sand beach and series of jetties  where tourists like to climb the rocks, and surfers head out to catch waves. On the pier is a sushi and fish restaurant with two floors for dining. The upper deck views offer splendid ocean dining.

    When visiting Newport Beach’s peninsula that travels along Newport Boulevard, make this pier your first stop. You can grab a bit at Charlie’s Chili, Sharkeez, Il Gelato, Il Farnio other options. Then go for a relaxing stroll on the Newport Pier where dolphins and occasionally whales are observed.

    This shot was taken on a tripod, cable release with 5 exposures post processed in Photomatix.  Enjoy!

    Newport Beach, California – Pier (HDR)

    Newport Pier HDR

    NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

    We used to live in Orange County, CA a few years back.  This was before I became serious about my photography.  Now when we travel back to visit family…it makes me think how we took this area for granted.  Truthfully, any area you live, you probably take for granted.  Look around and I bet there are tons of photo opportunities!!!   But back to SoCal (Southern California)…I do miss this place…it was my favorite place to live and we are trying to get back in a few years.  I moved for job reasons and hope to do the same this time around!

    Now when we get back once or twice a year, I always make sure to get a few photographs.  I plan ahead and target the shots I want.  Kinda what I do for every trip.  As I noted in previous posts, I make a list of shots and try to get to all of them….of course my lists are realistic as I dont have tons of time and try to at least get to my top 3!  …and shoot the heck out of each location!  Ya never know if a better angle will give a nicer feel to the picture?  So always experiment.

    I really love the beaches of SoCal!   The water is cold, but the scenery is amazing!   I’ll post more details on Newport later this week with another photo.  But this Saturday morning I woke up early and hit the beach around 6:45 AM.  Even at this hour this one market was crowded and as I walked onto the beach next to this pier…I’d say at least 3o surfers were already out trying to catch a wave!   Amazing!!!   As soon I saw all the surfers I had wished for that new Nikon 70-200 VRII lens to arrive!  I’d really enjoy a day shooting surfers!   Look for it next year…hopefully!!

    So my main target this day was the pier.  I parked near and walked up to it.  It is quite beautiful when the sunrise was hitting the wood!  You can tell by the picture above!  I tried shooting many angles.  But since my first pier shot a few months ago in Myrtle Beach…the best shots are from in the water.  My poor tripod again was about a foot deep in the Pacific Ocean and was key to this HDR!  I know the time is limited on my tripod joints as the seawater will take its toll soon.   I should for the next pier shots wrap each tripod leg in a garbage bag and rubberband it tight.  It will save me form getting a new tripod again soon.  That is my tip of the day!

    I really like the HDR effect on these “under” the pier shots.   I will keep looking for piers anytime I am near a beach!  So this shot was on a tripod, cable release and 5 exposures…post processed in Photomatix with some touchup in Photshop.   I basically always us a cable release even during the day…keeps the photos sharp!   Enjoy!  Life is a Beach!