Boulder, Colorado (Infrared)


One summer late afternoon I took a cruise up the mountains that overlook Boulder. These were near the Flatirons. I loved the views all around. I had my infrared camera and decided why not take some shots of the green pines near me and see how it looks. Looks like a winter shot! Gotta love what IR can do to the surroundings. It has been a whimsy winter this year…so enjoy the snowy look in this IR shot!! Spring is almost here!!!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.6-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 95.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/6 second
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Color Efex pro

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Boulder, CO – Hotel Boulderado (HDR)


From the lovely town of Boulder, CO…you can find the classic Hotel Boulderado. I was up here at 5 AM this day to capture the hotel in HDR. It always happens..you try to capture a subject at quiet time and some people are always up walking around at this super early time. The fun of photography! Waiting for peeps to pass on by!

Some info from the web: As one of the first Boulder hotels, the hotel’s name comes from the words “Boulder” and “Colorado” so no guest would forget where they had stayed. The hotel has become a National Register Landmark and is a member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America.

The Victorian elegance of the property will embrace you from the moment you step foot into our lobby. Our stained glass ceiling and cantilevered cherry wood staircase, elegantly furnished guestrooms, and comfortable antique furnished sitting areas will impress even the most discriminating traveler.

The magnificent lobby foreshadows the luxurious decor of each of our 160 guestrooms and suites. Many of our rooms feature spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain foothills. All of them welcome you with comfortable surroundings and an array of modern conveniences. The in-house award-winning restaurant, gift shop, and lounges all ensure that you can accomplish any number of tasks just a few steps outside your guestroom door.

Since we opened on New Year’s Day in 1909 as Boulder’s first luxury hotel, we have sought to provide the highest level of service to our guests. Hotel literature from the 1920’s stated “every guest may expect the best and get it.”

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/13
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Boulder, CO – Sunrise Circle Amphitheater (HDR)


From beautiful Boulder, Colorado…I had finished up work one afternoon and it was near 5 PM and I decided to take a drive up Flagstaff Mountain. I had never been here so I entered in the GPS coordinates and arrived at a small parking lot. From here there are a few trails. Yikes. I had no idea which direction to take. Luckily I saw a cyclist and asked him for directions. I started the 15 minute uphill climb. There is a road, but it only open for weddings, events, etc…so the gate was closed.

I arrived up top and walked around grabbing a few pics. I finally found the amphitheater and snapped away. A cool spot for a wedding indeed..or any type of ceremony. Maybe one day a cool spot for star gazing! Some info from the web:

Since the purchase of the eastern slope of Flagstaff Mountain from the federal government in 1898, citizens have enjoyed this area and its spectacular views. Flagstaff Road was constructed in 1906, and the addition of the loop road and parking areas in the 1930’s made the summit more accessible to visitors. The Sunrise Circle Amphitheater, Green Mountain Lodge and the Halfway House were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1935. The CCC also constructed a camp near Flagstaff and worked on several building and trail building projects during the 1930s. The trails and structures have been in continuous use since that time. The addition of accessible trails to the Amphitheater adds to the enjoyment of these facilities by everyone who visits Flagstaff Mountain.

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 7 Exposure HDR (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/13.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Denver, Colorado – Colorado State Capitol Building (HDR)

If you are in downtown Denver you can find the Colorado State Capitol. I had never been until this day and knew that inside you can find a cool dome view. My thoughts were with any circular view is to try a fisheye! I have had experience with my local dome in Austin, TX…and knew it would work just right! Getting the right angle was they key. I stopped in this day for a quick 10 minutes and then had to catch my flight…so time was limited. I dodged a classroom of kids and people walking down the stairs to attend another session…and luckily grabbed this photo! Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Boulder, CO – Varsity Lake (HDR)

From the lovely Boulder, Colorado…at the University of Colorado this is a small bridge on campus located at Varsity Lake. I was out doing business this week and woke up at 5 AM to grab some shot of the Hotel Boulderado (coming soon) and the sun was coming up around 6:45 AM.  I drove over to Varsity Lake (I had never been) and loved the view!  The reflections were wonderful!  Only one person walked over the bridge while I was taking the shots.  I sat at waters edge and snapped away.  The sun came up and it was back to the hotel to begin my day!  As it is early spring in CO, I’d love to see this spot in summer and in Fall!   Fall would be amazing!  Hope to get more versions one day soon!  Have a great weekend!

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 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Estes Park, CO – Chasm Falls (HDR)

My goal this past summer visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CA was Chasm Falls.  I had never been and it was a interesting afternoon driving the scary dirt roads of the park.   Just about 1 mile in you can find a pull off and take the 5 minute rocky trek to the falls.  Follow the creek upstream and it appears magically!  Such a wonderful little 25-30 feet waterfall.  A perfect subject for HDR!

Some info from the web:  Rocky Mountain National Park is a national park located in the north-central region of the U.S. state of Colorado. It features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments—from wooded forests to mountain tundra—and easy access to back-country trails and campsites. The park is located northwest of Boulder, Colorado, in the Rockies, and includes the Continental Divide and the headwaters of the Colorado River. The park has five visitor centers. The park headquarters, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, is a National Historic Landmark, designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West.The park may be accessed by three roads: U.S. Highway 34, 36, and State Highway 7. Highway 7 enters the park for less than a mile, where it provides access to the Lily Lake Visitor Center. Farther south, spurs from route 7 lead to campgrounds and trail heads around Longs Peak and Wild Basin. Highway 36 enters the park on the east side, where it terminates after a few miles at Highway 34. Highway 34, known as Trail Ridge Road through the park, runs from the town of Estes Park on the east to Grand Lake on the southwest. The road reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet (3,713 m), and is closed by snow in winter. The park is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest on the north and east, Routt National Forest on the northwest, and Arapaho National Forest on the southwest.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 38.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

King Kong Lives!

King Kong may live at the Denver Zoo!!  Luckily this BIG guy was on the other side of this thick glass.   I had never seen a gorilla up this close.  I am impressed!  Not sure how much he weighed, but I am guessing 500-700 lbs.  Pure muscle!!  He was checking out the people as much as the people were checking out him.   I can safely say that I will not ever go into the Congo looking to find gorilla’s in the mist!!    This photo is close enough for me!  LOL