Vanderpool, Texas (HDR)


On my drive to Lost Maples to catch some Autumn color last year I passed this river with beautiful red leaves. I pulled over and grabbed this shot. After processing, I thought it lacked a little something…thanks to photoshop –
1) Added a new sky + motion blur
2) Motion blur to river (masked and touched up edges of river)
A fun fall color HDR!

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Vanderpool, TX – Lost Maples State Park (HDR)


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US!!!

The past weekend we took the drive to Lost Maples. It is famous for great fall color in Texas. I had seen the pictures and it looked amazing. From Austin it is about a 3 hour drive…whew! Some interesting looking country on the way. For the last 1 hour to 45 minutes drive near the park…no cell service. You are deep into the boonies! The park charges $6 for admittance. A quick 3 minute drive from the entrance and you are at the parking lot near the river trail. I brought my std DSLR camera and IR camera. Ready for some color!!

In our area of Austin, we do get some color change, but it is kinda dull. To see bright reds and yellows…would be nice! Down the trial about 1/4 mile I saw some super color! Sweet! I grabbed some shots and kept walking…more trees and more pics! I kept walking and noticed the river was barely there (we have had small amounts of rain for months in Texas). Then after a 1/4 mile trail walk…it seemed the color stopped. We walked another 1/2 mile…nothing. Hmmm. We decided to head back and grab more shots of the tress we had seen. I was not too impressed with Lost Maples…at least this season. The lack of rain could possibly have had a big effect on the fall colors. I was hoping for some river reflection shots, but no luck. I did happen to take a few HDR’s and IR shots. So it was worth the visit. I’d like to head back next year…as long as we get some rain…hopefully!

For the photographers out there…this shot had no saturation added to the red/yellow leaves! It was pretty impressive color!!!!!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 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 CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Spicewood, TX – Krause Springs (HDR)


The summer is over and it is almost time for fall to arrive. Maybe in your area leaves will start turning soon? For us in Texas, we usually have to wait until November for any colored leaves. The HDR above is from the lovely Krause Springs in Spicewood, TX during a recent fall season here in TX. Not sure if we will have much color this year due to the super hot summer and lack of rain, but my fingers are crossed for some rain soon…this may help?

Long Valley, NJ – Hacklebarney (HDR)


Summer is upon us and fall is just around the corner! That means cooler weather (depending on where you live), football and wonderful colors. This shot was from last fall at Hacklebarney State Park in Long Valley, NJ. Just a nice quiet late afternoon in the park. Hope you have some great summer vacation plans!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 9 Exposure HDR (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Clinton, NJ – Red Mill (HDR)

From the lovely little town of Clinton, NJ this shot is of the Red Mill.  A famous location to be photographed in New Jersey.  You can find this shot in many photos, painting, calendars…all over!  I grew up only 20 minutes from here and actually never visited until recently!  There is a cute little bridge that overlooks the mill and is great for setting up your shot.  Just over the bridge is a little shopping are with restaurants that overlook the river.   I was lucky to catch it in fall, but I would enjoy seeing this shot with some snowfall!  I bet it would be wonderful!   Its cold in Texas these days..hope its not too bad for you in your neck of the woods!  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

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

 

Long Valley, New Jersey – The Colors of Autumn (HDR)

I was in New Jersey this past week and the peak fall colors had just passed, but some trees were still bright and colorful.  I was visiting some customers and stopped by Hacklebarney State Park in Long Valley, NJ during my lunch break.  I had not been there since I was in High School…so a trip down memory lane.  I had forgotten how wonderful this place is.  I was hoping to get some fall color shots and was walking down a path and this amazing view was ahead of me.  An instant favorite!  It is now my screensaver on my computer and my IPad.  If you want this version as well…click on IPad Screensaver and you can get it for $0.25! A bargin!  =)   I will update and add lots of new screensavers for IPad’s in the next week.  Look for my post.  Enjoy the fall season!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 50 f/1.4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 50.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro