San Diego, CA – Harbor (HDR)


From San Diego here is an HDR of some boats in the harbor. When traveling I always try to take an early morning walk before the day starts to grab some pics. Its always quiet at sunrise and its hard not to get some sweet shots. Boats in the water are always a tough choice for HDR. It all depends on if the day is calm. Any rough conditions and the boats will be moving…not good at all for multiple brackets. I lucked out this day! Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 42.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/4.5
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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Marseille, France

I happened to look back at some old pics today and found my visit to the lovely Marseille in South France.  I was only there twice..and probably will  not get back again.   But I recall I had this afternoon free and took a tour bus around the city.   It was quite wonderful!  Beforehandhad lunch at a hotel that overlooked the city.  Its been so long..I cannot recall the name.  I stepped out on the patio and this was the view.  It kinda had that old feel to it…so I added a few textures and a frame to ensure that old world style look to it!   I can imagine it is a great place to visit for a day on a tour of South France.  So many wonderful cities down there…Provence would  top my list in the late spring!

Copenhagen, Denmark – Nyhavn (HDR)

Back in early December I was in Copenhagen and took this shot of the Nyhavn decorated for XMas!  Such a beautiful photo location!  Copenhagen was a quick stop over visit…so I hope to get back again in the summer? Here is some info from the web:  Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,167,569 (2009) and ametropolitan population of 1,875,179 (2009). Copenhagen is situated on the islands of Zealand and Amager.

First documented in the 11th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century and during the 17th century under the reign of Christian IV it became an important regional centre. With the completion of the transnational Oresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Oresund Region. Within this region, Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö are in the process of growing into one common metropolitan area. With around 2.7 million inhabitants within a 50 km radius, Copenhagen is one of the most densely populated areas in Northern Europe. Copenhagen is the most visited city of the Nordic countries with 1.3 million international tourists in 2007.

Copenhagen is a major regional centre of culture, business, media, and science, as indicated by several international surveys and rankings (see International rankings below). Life science, information technologyand shipping are important sectors and research & development plays a major role in the city’s economy. Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure with the largest airport in Scandinavia[6] located 14 minutes by train from the city centre, has made it a regional hub and a popular location for regional headquarters as well as conventions.

Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life. It is also considered one of the world’s most environmentally friendly cities. The water in the inner harbour is so clean that it can be swum in, and 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle, every day cycling a total of 1.1 million km.

A lovely city indeed!    Talke Photograsphy Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 19.0mm
  • 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

San Francisco, CA – Marina (HDR)

A few weeks ago I posted an HDR from across the bay in San Francisco.  I noted this spot is located across from the city to the lower right of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Horace and I got quite a few photos here this evening! When we walked up to the marina, this was one of the first shots of the day.  Boats, water, hills, reflections and rocks = a nice opportunity for an HDR!    The sun was just about to set in about 20 minutes just to the far left over those hills.   I hear its been raining a bunch in SF these days…hope it gets sunny for you soon Bay Area!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Manual  Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Viveza