Orlando, FL – Disney World (HDR)

Disney HDR_Talke
We are deep into winter and who wouldn’t want to take a trip to FLA right now! Stay warm…it is almost spring!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

HDR-U (HDR- Update) – Prague, Czech Republic

Prague HDR-U_Talke
I searched through some old processed HDR’s and found this one of the Prague Castle Church (St. Vitus). I took this photo back in 2009 and posted it shortly after my visit. I took the same 5 brackets and re-processed them this past evening using current technology and software…and went through my standard methods for current HDR’s. A very different photo!!!

Some major differences:
1) 2009 HDR – processed with Photomatix
2) 2013 HDR – processed with HDR Efex Pro
3) Distortion from wide angle lens fixed for 2013 HDR
4) different std processing methods…sharpening, levels, contrast, etc..

Amazing to see! To me the biggest change is using HDR Efex Pro. I prefer it over Photomatix. Both software has a particular look. I have made comments in the past…HDR Efex is in my opinion a sharper cleaner HDR processing program. But as always, whatever you prefer is ok!

If you are a photographer…many times we look back at our older work and chuckle about it. Since that time we have gained experience and use new software. What we thought was a great picture now in our own eyes is just acceptable. If you have been producing HDR’s for years….give HDR-U a try!!! You may be amazed!

Orlando, FL – Disney World (HDR)

Disney-World-HDR_Talke
Been a while since we lived in Florida. I miss heading down to Disney World every few months. We now have Disneyland here in SoCal…I think Disney World is a bit better. But SoCal has CA Adventure! I guess I should be happy either way…many people love to vacation in both spots…I have had both within 30 mins of my house. Hope you are enjoying your summer….only a few weeks left!!

Las Vegas, Nevada – Excalibur Hotel (HDR)


One more from Vegas…as the sign says…”Cheap Food, Cold Booze, Live Music”….thats why its tough not to love Vegas. The Excalibur is one of the hotels when you see it you say to yourself cool…but for an HDR…its white…not so cool. White subjects in HDR often turn grayish. I was walking back to my hotel passing by and I just wanted to catch a different view. Above is what I captured. Not bad Excalibur! ..and HDR at Knight!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Heidelberg, Germany – HDR


from the lovely German town of Heidelberg…here is part of the towns square. Up above to the left you can see part of the castle that overlooks the city. Heidelberg has to be one to the nicest small cities in all of Germany. If you are looking for a town that brings you back in time, this is it! Def worth a visit!!

Heidelberg, Germany (HDR)


From the lovely little city of Heidelberg, Germany. A place made for photography. Heidelberg Castles is nestled in the hills overlooking the River Neckar. The day I visited we only had 3 hours in the city….I really hope to get back there one day and spent a nite or two. It is one of the few German cities that make you feel you have gone back in time. Sorry for the now added watermark. They will now be on all pics from now on. I’ll try to keep them low profile.

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 22.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Heidelberg, Germany – Fountain (HDR)

Located on the grounds at the Heidelberg Castle is this cool fountain of Neptune.  I saw it in the distance and thought it would be perfect for an HDR!  Not sure of the importance of the fountain…I googled it..no luck. It is beautiful!   The garden grounds have pathways and trees to walk under along with a grassy area to have a picnic.   Back in the day I can see the people that lived there enjoyed a lovely stroll around the grounds.  This fantastic little city must have been amazing years ago!

Info from the web: Nestled in the hill 300 feet above the city of Heidelberg stands the breath-taking Heidelberg Schloss (castle). The castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture. The castle has a history almost as old as the city itself. The first parts of the castle were constructed around 1300, but it wasn’t before Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398 – 1410) that the castle was used as a regal residence. Until it was destroyed by lightning in 1764 leaving it permanently uninhabitable, the castle was the residence for most of the Prince Electors. In 1800, Count Charles de Graimberg began the difficult task of conserving the castle ruins. Up until this time, the citizens of Heidelberg had used the castle stones to build new houses. Just as breath-taking as the castle is from the city, so too is the city from the castle. From either the Great Terrace or the gardens, one has an amazing view of Heidelberg, the Neckar River, and the Neckar valley far into the Rhine plain. On a clear day, Mannheim is even visible on the horizon.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Prague, Czech Republic (HDR)

    Prague (Praha) is a favorite of mine.  I will be back soon.  This shot is from the Astronomical Clock Tower.  Some fantastic city views up here!!  I’ll have to study for my trip this next time.  Prague has some amazing churches and old buildings.   Any tips for spots to see?  I found this on the web:   Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has become one of Europe’s (and the world’s) most popular tourist destinations. It is the sixth most-visited European city after London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin.  Prague suffered considerably less damage during World War II than some other major cities in the region, allowing most of its historic architecture to stay true to form. Some sights:

    • ld Town (Staré Město) with its Old Town Square
    • The Astronomical Clock (Orloj) on Old Town Square
    • The picturesque Charles Bridge (Karlův Most)
    • The vaulted Gothic Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga) of 1270.
    • New Town (Nové město) with its busy and historic Wenceslas Square
    • Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter) with its Infant Jesus of Prague
    • Prague Castle (Pražský hrad – the largest castle in the world) with its St. Vitus Cathedral

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 29.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Heidelberg, Germany – Sunset City View (HDR)

    Here is a city view Sunset shot of the amazingly beautiful little city in Germany – Heidelberg.  It was my first visit ever.  I only had 2 hours to grab as many shots as possible, every minute was worth it.  I had a few of my friends tell me to visit… as it was one of their favorite cities in Germany.  Just the little time I was there….I agree!   This view was from the Heidelberg Castle overlooking the city.  We took a 10 minute taxi ride from the Train Station and arrived at 8 PM.  We walked around the castle grounds…lovely!   When we finished we took a walk down many steps to the Market Place below (Gold Sphere).  At the lower middle of the picture you can see a parting of the buildings…these are the steps down to the town.  A nice workout!  I’d hate to walk up to the castle…whew!  Taxi!!!  LOL

    Around the Cathedral in the middle of the town you can find many shops and cute little hotels.  I heard from my friend Mike that Zum Ritter was a great one.  I made the post the other day and it seems many have visited this wonderful place.  If you have any other hotel ideas…please let me know.  I may be back in September and would enjoy staying the nite.  One target spot I have seen before is right across the river up in the open grassy area…a great shot for a city/castle view!   Another shot coming next month.

    Some info form the web:  Heidelberg is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. As of 2008, over 145,000 people live within the city’s 109 square kilometres (42 sq mi) area. Heidelberg is a unitary authority. The Rhein-Neckar-Kreis rural district surrounds and has its seat in the city, but the city is not a part of the district.  Heidelberg lies on the river Neckar at the point where it leaves its narrow, steep valley in the Odenwald to flow into the Rhine valley. 20 kilometres (12 mi) northwest of Heidelberg, it joins the river Rhine at Mannheim. Heidelberg is part of a densely populated region known as the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VR
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Orlando, FL – Disney World (HDR)

    Disney World is an amazing place! What adult or kid does not want to go at any time?  Maybe not in the sweltering summer…but when its spring or fall…tough to beat!  Everyone knows the Icon – Cinderella’s Castle.  Here it is in HDR.  All we need is some Disney characters to pop into the photo.   It is expensive to attend…so if you are visiting Orlando for a few days…park passes work well.   If you have real little ones…check out Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary  Resort.  Here you can have a breakfast buffet with Mickey and many of the characters from Disney.  Reservations needed!

    Here is some info from the web: Cinderella Castle was completed in July 1971, after about 18 months of construction, and reaches to a height of 189 feet (57.6 meters) tall — more than twice the size of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. An optical trick known as forced perspective makes the Castle appear even larger than it actually is. As it becomes taller, its proportions get smaller. For example, using this method, the top spire of the Castle is actually close to half of the size it “appears.” Major elements of the Castle were scaled and angled to give the illusion of distance and height, a method frequently used in Disney theme parks around the world.

    Cinderella Castle was inspired by a variety of several real and fictional French palaces; Fontainebleau, Versailles, and the chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord and Chaumont. It was also inspired by the Alcazar in Segovia, Spain. The chief designer of the Castle, Disney Legend Herbert Ryman, also referenced the original design for the castle in the film Cinderella and his own well-known creation—Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 22.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable  Release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza