ADVMX – Finish Line Ahead

Just one more shot from the MX action on Sunday. I was contacted by one of the racers #512 Tye W yesterday. As it is difficult to go thru 2600 pictures so quickly, if you are anyone you know was at the race…contact me and I will gladly search my pics and make a personal gallery like I did today for Tye! As you all know I like to have fun with my pics…HDR, selective color and of course textures…and MX action is true photographic art. The colors of the gear and the action can’t be beat! So why not make it even more artistic! This shot was done with three textures and some masking. Very cool! Hope you enjoyed the race Tye!

Ponce De Leon Inlet, FL – Light Station

Ponce De Leon and the Fountain of Youth…a story we have all heard about. You can go check it out in St. Augustine…just a bit down the road from Ponce Inlet. I drove by it one day and was not impressed. Just a place to waste a few hours while on vacation. But in Ponce Inlet you can find the tallest Lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest in the nation! 213 steps to the top! I always love photos with the Fibonacci Spirals…pleasing to the eye!

Flower Art

Just a little photo fun I had with a flower from my wife’s Mother’s Day bouquet!  Not sure what type of flower this is…but I like it!  Added a texture to give a different look.  I just put the flower in a beer glass (stem was tall), set two strobes up left and right, then on my tripod shot with my 105mm Marco lens.  Simple and easy!  Have fun!

Paris, France – Notre Dame (HDR)

Paris…my favorite city in the world.  Its been a long while since my last visit. Hope to be back soon.  I had an old shot before my HDR days and did a single raw conversion…then added a few textures.  I love the textured effect.  I have many people ask how to add a texture….there are a few ways depending on what software you have.  I have CS5.  Here is a quick method…

1. Open your picture in Photoshop

2. Drag your textured file on top of the photo to place the picture.

3. Transform the texture to equal the photo size

4. Click your desired Layered method from the drop down menu…I use “Overlay” 98% of the time…then may modify the fill amount (pic below is just ref)

And that is it!  A textured photo!   The shot above I added three textures and masked certain areas.  But the quick method will get you started!  Hopefully!!   have fun!

Palm Springs, CA – Palm Trees (Infrared)

At this time in many places of the world….we are wishing for spring to arrive!  This winter has been tough!  Even in the South!  Here is an Infrared photo of some palm trees from the lovely Palm Springs, CA!  How I wish I was there right now!  Stay warm and enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 50.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/60 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, ,Silver Efex Pro, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, texture

San Antonio, Texas – Sunset Station (HDR)

During my visit to San Antonio to attend Imaging USA…I mentioned to Chris that we stop by Sunset Station.  It is just minutes from downtown.  We arrived early so we could not get into the restaurant to shoot the famous stair shot.  Next time.  I had seen that they have this old train out front and the sun was just coming out from the clouds, so I set my tripod low and grabbed this angle.  I thought a little texture, gritty noise and  a hue change might suit the photo.  It was the only photo I took of the train.  Not bad. I have some other ideas for this location next visit!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 F/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 13.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Textures



I visited a customer of mine in SoCal during the summer.  Out in the parking lot next to his building…he parks his bike.  I just happened to have my camera in my car that day and we took a break to HDR his ride.  In a parking lot it not a super location, so I had to dodge cars and other stuff in the reflections.  It needed a touch of something!  So I added some textures and made it into an artistic HDR.

Now the great thing about this motorcycle is the emblem.  I think the model may be a Honda?  But he decided to replace the standard emblem and put a “Hardley-A-Davidson” one it it!  Classic!!!!!  So Greg, this shot is for you…hardley a super shot, but a fun one!  Enjoy!

Flower Power

In the past few weeks I have been having fun adding textures to my shots.  I was doing some portraits and decided to add a few and they looked great!!  I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder…but for some reason, I really enjoy looking at a photograph with a texture(s) added.  Its like art!   Take a flower shot..add a texture and it is instant art to hang on your wall!   It is very easy to do in Photoshop.  You cannot go wrong with textures and flowers!! I have built a nice collection of textures and enjoy this type of post processing.

I know like every other style, you can go crazy, so I always try to limit myself…but the outcome of adding textures is addicting!! LOL  This shot above was a nice Daisy photo…and I added three textures.   Spring is just a few months away!!  Hope it gets here soon!!

Supercross 2011 – Ryan Dungey

This Saturday nite in Anaheim starts the new 2011 season of Supercross….I am super pumped!  I became a big fan last year after photographing a few Motocross races and this Supercross event in Houston.   If you have the Speed Channel…tune in at 9 PM eastern time Saturday for the first race of the season.  Above is my fav rider and defending champ…Ryan Dungey.  His rook year was the best ever for any MX/SX rider combined.   This year will be no easy feat to repeat.  Bubba is back, Chad Reed, Villapoto, etc…  Should be the best season ever for SX!!   I plan to photograph 2 Supercross races this year.   The pic above was created using 3 textures.  Enjoy!  Good luck Dungey!!!

Austin, Texas – Textured (HDR)

Its a double shot Saturday with two HDR’s Textured from Austin, Texas.  The photo above is from a famous local bar called the “Broken Spoke”. Out front of the establishment they have this super old broken down swing band tour bus that has lots of character and must be added to the spots to photograph in Austin!

The photo above is from Moore’s Crossing in Austin.  I was up recently taking some XMas Card portrait photos near sunset and grabbed a semi silhouette shot of the bridge and thought it might be cool with an added texture or two.  The rain is a texture to give it that moody feel.  Hope you like it?   Have a great weekend!