New Orleans, LA – St. Louis Cathedral (HDR)

St. Louis Catherdral NO HDR_Talke
From the lovely and jazzy downtown of New Orleans, LA…you can find the iconic church…St. Louis Cathedral. It is always busy…I had to clone a few people lout in this shot. Worth the visit…beautiful to see inside and out!

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Cologne, Germany – Cologne Cathedral (HDR)


From Cologne…in my opinion, one of the best cities in Germany, this is the amazing Cologne Cathedral. Hard not to miss it when arriving into city…especially via the train. It is probably the most photographed church in all of Germany! Just be quick with your tripod! I snapped off 5 brackets and was told to take it down as I did not have proper approval. Knowing this was a possible outcome…I packed my gorillapod and attached it to the back of the pews and took this HDR. Gave it the grunge look thanks to onOne Software Photo Tools…one of my favorite filter’s “Brian’s TKO”. Thanks to Brian Matiash at onOne!

Don’t forget Perfect Photo Suite 7 is due out soon! I am testing the beta right now!

Frankfurt, Germany – Frankfurt Cathedral (HDR)


From downtown Frankfurt, Germany while walking around downtown…I stumbled across Frankfurt Cathedral. Quite impressive and many visitors! Some info from the web…

Frankfurt Cathedral is the main church of Frankfurt and was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries on the foundation of an earlier church from the Merovingian time. From 1356 onwards, emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were elected in this collegiate church as kings in Germany, and from 1562 to 1792, emperors-elect were crowned here. The imperial elections were held in the Wahlkapelle, a chapel on the south side of the choir (Hochchor) built for this purpose in 1425 (See the Plan to the right) and the anointing and crowning of the emperors-elect as kings in Germany took place before the central altar–believed to enshrine part of the head of St. Bartholomew–in the crossing of the church, at the entrance to the choir (See the Plan to the right).
It has been recognized as symbol for the national unity of Germany, especially during the 19th century. Although it has never been a bishop’s seat, its was it was the largest church in Frankfurt and its role in imperial politics made the church one of the most important buildings of Imperial history and justified the use of the term (imperial) cathedral for the church since the 18th century.

Between October 1943 and March 1944 the old town of Frankfurt, the biggest old Gothic town of Central Europe was destroyed by six bombardments of the Allied Forces. The physical devastation of the old imperial town was intended to reduce public support for the war. The greatest losses occurred on the 22nd of March 1944. Over one thousand buildings of the old town, the most of them being half-timbered houses were destroyed. The cathedral suffered severe damage and the interior was burned out completely. The cathedral was reconstructed in the 1950s.

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro 2,OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Köln, Germany – Köln Cathedral

If you ever decide to visit Germany….try to make it to Köln (Cologne).  I love this city.  They usually have some exhibition going on…so book your hotels early!!  The key place to visit is the Köln Cathedral.  Not only inside, but outside and across the train bridge.  This is the view from across the bridge.  A quick 10 minute walk and there are many spots to set up a tripod for this shot.  I was here for a very cold 2 hours.  I took tons of pics.  I always try something different if I can..so I added the angle.  Kinda cool!  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:  30 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Köln, Germany – Sunset (HDR)

While in Köln last winter…my goal after work was to head out to this vantage point overlooking the railway bridge with Köln Cathedral in the background.  It has got to be on of the best shots to take in the city.   It was in February…and a bit chilly this nite.  I was here for about 2hours taking shots waiting for the blue hour.  I have posted a shot at that time before.  This was my sunset shot in HDR.    I always love pink skies…the lighting is always magical!    Germany has so many great cities…this is one of the top 5 for sure to visit!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis (Infrared)

From the lovely town of Santa Fe, New Mexico…the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis in Infrared.  A quick post today…Have a Happy New Year celebration!!    Be safe!  Cheers!  May 2011 be wonderful for you and your family!!

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: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/90 sec
  • Aperture:  f/13
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Color Efex Pro