Santa Ana, CA – Old Orange County Courthouse (HDR)

Santa Ana Courthouse (HDR)
The past week in SoCal it was nearly cloudy and rainy everyday. Very strange. I tried to get out and HDR as much as possible. I woke up early Sunday and the clouds were just about to pass through. I took the short drive to Santa Ana to see the Old Courthouse for the first time before the sun came out. A cool building…brick is perfect for HDR. The front view is nice…but unfortunately there is this BIG flagpole right in the middle. Not good for photos…it would look like a line as the flag is outta the wide angle shot. Whats a photog to do? Grab an angle pic! I’m just getting started HDR’ing around Orange County. Still have LA and San Diego to add to the list as well! Some cool spots coming in future posts!!

Santa Ana, CA – John Wayne Airport

If you have ever flown into Orange County Airport/John Wayne Airport/Santa Ana…many names!  You might have seen this statue of John Wayne near the pickup area.   I have been there tons and always wanted to grab a photo!  Recently I walked by with my gear and took this hand held shot.    It is quite impressive with the American Flag hanging in the background.

Some info from the web:  On June 20, 1979, the Orange County Board of Supervisors renamed Orange County Airport to John Wayne Airport, Orange County. The John Wayne Associates commissioned sculptor Robert Summers to create a bronze statue of “the Duke” in commemoration of the late actor and true American patriot John Wayne.  The nine-foot statue was dedicated to the County on November 4, 1982 and placed outside, in front of the Eddie Martin Terminal.  After the Thomas F. Riley Terminal was built, the refinished and restored statue was placed in the lobby of the new Terminal. The John Wayne statue is located on the Arrival (lower) level in the center of the Riley Terminal and rests atop a pedestal covered in the same marble that graces the entire facility. Designed in two tiers to allow visitors to touch the statue, the pedestal provides a fitting home for one of the nation’s most loved and most remembered patriots.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/320 second
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5,  Viveza, Photo Tools 2.6, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro