San Francisco, CA – City Hall (HDR)

SF City Hall Interior HDR  Talke
While in SF I wanted to grab a photo exterior photos of the City Hall. While waiting for the sun to set I took a stroll inside to check out its interior. Wow! Very nice for HDR’ing! They were prepping for a big party and had it all lit up and set for a wonderful evening for a lucky group of people!

San Francisco, CA – City Hall (HDR)

San Francisco City Hall HDR
From the great city of San Francisco, CA. I had never seen the City Hall up close in all my visits until recently. Here it is in all of its HDR glory! Definitely worth the visit!! Some info from the web: San Francisco City Hall, re-opened in 1915, in its open space area in the city’s Civic Center, is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917. The structure’s dome is the fifth largest in the world. The present building replaced an earlier City Hall that was completely destroyed during the 1906 earthquake.

Pasadena, CA – City Hall (HDR)

Pasadena City Hall (HDR)
Pasadena is a famous city in California. It is know for the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl. My favorite spot is Old Town Pasadena.

Here is some info from the web: Old Town Pasadena spans 21 blocks downtown. It boasts upscale retail shops and a wide variety of restaurants, nightclubs, outdoor cafés, pubs, and comedy clubs. “One Colorado” features renovated historic architecture that attracted the new retail stores and restaurants. This development filled vacant buildings and was the impetus of the revitalization of Old Town on Colorado Boulevard. Paseo Colorado is an upscale shopping mall designed to be a modern urban village. An open-air mall that covers three city blocks.

It is a wonderful place to eat, shop and photograph. Here you can also find the City Hall. A beautiful building as you can see above. Look for more pics soon! Enjoy!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 17.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, onOne Photo Tool 2.6

Bee Cave, TX – City Hall (HDR)


It seems almost like winter arrived into Austin on Thursday nite! We dipped down to about 60 degrees with a cold 20 mph wind. Just the day before it was near 85 degrees. I had wanted to take this photo above for some time. It is located at our local mall…the Hill Country Galleria. The City Hall and Library are located in the mall as well. One entrance has this wonderful waterfall and I targeted a nasty nite to photograph it…Thursday was perfect! You can tell the wind was blowing by looking at the flags and some of the flowers. I took these shots to help support local business. I occasionally supply pictures to our local magazine newsletters for covers. I did a vertical version of this shot and maybe you will see it soon on the Bee Cave Messenger? Here is one of my photos on the cover from last month.

I have been traveling for many years and always enjoy photographing locations around the globe, but sometimes you can find wonderful shots close to your home. Have fun and stay warm!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 15.0 mm
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

Vienna, Austria – City Hall

From one of my favorite little cities in the world…Vienna, Austria…here is a photo of the City Hall (Rathaus) from a distance.  I have not been here in years and I miss it much.  The Ringstrasse (city loop) is one great place to catch the local trains around the city.  So many great spots to see and enjoy!  At certain times of the year…right in front of the Rathaus you can find a market or shops!  Gotta love city life!

Some info from the web:  The Rathaus is a building in Vienna which serves as the seat both of the mayor and city council of the city of Vienna. The town hall also serves, in personal union, as Governor and Assembly (Landtag) of the State of Vienna, a state with the Austrian federal system. he Rathaus was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in the Gothic style, and built between 1872 and 1883. On the top of the tower is the Rathausmann, one of the symbols of Vienna. Facing the Rathaus is a large park, the Rathauspark. The Rathaus also accommodates the historic ‘Wiener Rathauskeller’ restaurant. The traditional restaurant consists of several baroque halls, offering small traditional Viennese delicacies to grand gala buffets. Recently finished renovations (2000) include the re-opening of the neo-baroque Salon Ziehrer and the redesigned Lanner-Lehar Hall with wall and ceiling murals by GermanTrompe-l’œil artist Rainer Maria Latzke.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 170.0 mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  1/1640
  • Aperture:  f/6.3
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6