San Juan Capistrano, CA – All Aboard! (HDR)

We recently took a nice Saturday morning drive to San Juan Capistrano. It is a small cute little town in SoCal. I was there to scout out future portrait sessions and brought along my camera to take a few shots. It was a typical sunny day in CA, so HDR was not in my mind. We walked along the train tracks and the Amtrak Train pulled up. Here you can catch the train down to San Diego if you would like! One day I will try it…unfortunately, it is not cheap! But I bet great views of the pacific!! After the people got off I set up for an HDR. Kinda an unexpected cool shot! A mid afternoon HDR! Enjoy your weekend!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Texture. OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA (HDR)

I had a little fun with this shot. As I dabble more and more with portraits…I have grown to love using “Actions” in Photoshop. You can find them all over the internet. These actions can create that dreamy colorful effect and basically produce anything you desire with the click of a button. My “City in the Sky” from the other day was done using an action called “Pewter”. I was processing this HDR and thought how often do you see an HDR with that colorful effect to it? Almost never. For the shot above I used an action called “Mulberry” gives a blueish tone to the shot. Hope it looks cool?? Have a great weekend!!

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Mission San Juan Capistrano (HDR)

From the lovely San Mission Capistrano in Southern California…here is one of the walkways around the stunning grounds at the mission.  As I have had a few posts from here before…one perfect location for wedding/portrait shots!  I can imagine a session right here!   What makes a cool location like this…HDR!   Grab the texture in a shot here will give the photo life!  HDR’s are not just for landscapes these days…why not add it into portraits as well!

In photos like always can become a battle of color vs B&W.  This one is even!   Here is the same shot converted with a little hue…which one would you choose?

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Mission San Juan Capistrano (infrared)

From one of the most beautiful places in the US…Southern California, this photo is of the Mission San Juan Capistrano in Infrared.   A normal CA day is perfect for IR…great sun and clear skies are wonderful!  A clear sky blue sky turns totally black in a black and white in IR ….a perfect contrast to the building and foliage!    I had mentioned that this spot is a portrait photographers paradise…check out the stats from the web site…

Portrait Photography
You must:

  • Obtain proof of $1,000,000 ($1 million) liability insurance policy before booking date and time.
  • Schedule through the Visitor Center

$50 per hour for reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
$75 per hour for non-reserved non-commercial photography for every five (5) people photographed.

If you are in SoCal..I think it is worth it for Wedding/Portrait shots.  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-12 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/100 second
  • Aperture:  f/20
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Color Efex Pro, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Mission San Juan (HDR)

If you are ever in Orange County, CA…a must visit is the cute little town of San Juan Capistrano.   Here you can find a hot spot for photographers….especially for portraits.  I stopped in for a few quick shots and was one of many photographers.  But the only one shooting in HDR…this made the Mission nice and quiet!  We have Missions here in Texas and they are all tied together even with the ones located in California.   I can imagine it is a lovely place to get married.  Afterwards there are some great Mexican restaurants right down the street!  Mmmm…I can go for some Fajitas right now!  LOL  There is an admission fee to get in, but worth the few dollars.  The grounds are beautiful!

Info from the Web:  Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded on All Saints Day November 1, 1776, by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order. Named for Giovanni da Capistrano, a 15th century theologian and “warrior priest” who resided in the Abruzzoregion of Italy, San Juan Capistrano has the distinction of being home to the oldest building in California still in use, a chapel built in 1782; known alternately as “Serra’s Chapel” and “Father Serra’s Church,” it is the only extant structure where it has been documented that the padre Junipero Serra celebrated mass. One of the best known of the Alta California missions (and one of the few missions to have actually been founded twice—others being Mission San Gabriel Arcángel and Mission La Purísima Concepción)—the site was originally consecrated on October 30, 1775, by Father Fermín Lasuén, but was quickly abandoned due to unrest among the indigenous population in San Diego.

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/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA – Mission San Juan Capistrano (Infrared)

    Here is my first textured Infrared shot.  This is from Mission San Juan Capistrano a few weeks ago.  A wonderful location in the OC (Orange County), CA.  I have had quite a few people ask me how to produce textured shots.  It is quite easy!  I will try to work on a video tutorial one day soon!   Quickly this is all I do…(I know its tough reading it…I learned via video…made it very easy)

    1) Adobe Bridge – in bridge I have all my textures in a folder.  I add a copy of my photo to be textured into this folder.  Click and select  the photo and as many textures as you would like to try.  I usually add about 10.

    2) Tools – from the tools drop down menu (as all the desired textures and photo are selected) click “Photoshop” then click “Load Files into Photoshop Layers”

    3) Use Free transform to resize any photo/texture

    4) Under the Layers Box (on lower right) you will see a drop down box…it will have “Normal” on it.  Highlight your texture and set the drop down to “Overlay”…here you can play with oppacity to your liking.

    5) as long as your desired photo and texture are selected…you will see how they look combined on screen

    6) Mask if needed to clean up any areas you want texture free or keep as is…or add another texture…se what ya get!

    7) You can add as many layers as you want!  Trial and Error is the key!

    This shot was compiled from 2 textures.  As masking was not giving me the desired look I wanted….I used the new CS5 “content aware” to clean up the writing on the palm trees.    That new action in CS5 rocks!!  Even in the top right hand corner I had a palm tree base in the photo…took it out in one swipe!! Nice and clean!!   Gotta love Technology!!  You can find textures all over the internet…Flickr has some great spots to get some for free!  Or you can go in your yard and make some yourself!!  Just be careful…you can easily go texture crazy.  They do look cool if done well…so pace your self!!!  have fun!