Vienna, Austria – St. Peter’s (HDR)


One of my favorite cities in the world…Vienna. While walking around in previous visits I had taken outside shots of St. Peter’s a few times and had never gone inside. So this day I walked inside… in the middle of a sermon…you can see I was amazed at how stunningly beautiful this church was!! I had to take a photo!! The attendant gave me a scowl as I took out my camera and tripod. But St. Peter must have sent him a message from above as my name is Peter and he allowed me to take a few photographs. LOL Well at least that is my thinking. I showed the attendant a few of my wide angle shots on the back of my camera and he was hopefully impressed. I then took out my fisheye lens and quietly told him…just a few more. He nodded and I took this shot! Sweet. I thanked him and left. Churches are meant for HDR…and especially fisheye HDR! Thanks St. Peter!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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San Francisco, CA – Street Car (HDR)


From the lovely city of San Francisco, CA – this was taken one early morning at Fisherman’s Wharf. It was parked and empty in front of the CVS Store. The driver must have ran into CVS and grabbed a coffee…it is public transportation, the door was open and I decided to go in and take these HDR’s. A few minutes later the driver came back and jumped when she saw me! I guess she had no idea I would be in the car. I felt bad and apologized, she said it was ok and let me continue taking photographs. All for the love of photography! This one is done in Fisheye! Enjoy!

Cleveland, OH – Garfield’s Tomb (HDR)


It’s been a while since my last fisheye post! I’ll admit, I have not used this lens in over 6 months. I always love seeing shots in fisheye. It is definitely not an everyday lens, but when used properly…it can create wonderful art! 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 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Foothill Ranch, CA – Oakley Headquarters (HDR)


One super cool place to visit if you are in SoCal is the Oakley Headquarters. As a visitor you can only see a few areas…but well worth the trip!!! Check out the description they have on the web site:

It’s a place of reinforced blast walls, product torture chambers and the padded cells of mad science. Oakley’s design bunker is where inventions are conceived, developed, perfected and manufactured. In addition to the hidden catacombs of research labs and proving grounds, the architectural design of Oakley President Colin Baden includes a 400-seat amphitheater – and absolutely no adult supervision.

Very cool! Kudos Oakley! Love your sunglasses and this building! Hopefully one day I can explore this location. Have a great weekend!!

PS..I had a new HDR venture to announce today…but it will have to wait til next weekend. Still need a bit more time to get it ready.

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 10.5 f/2.8 Fisheye
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software 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

Foothill Ranch, CA – Inside Oakley Headquarters (HDR)

Per my post the past week, this is the awesome inside of Oakley Headquarters!  Super cool!!  Great architectural design!  I love the Thunder Dome look!   Not only is the Oakley Headquarters great on the outside, but fantastic on the inside!   I posted issues taking pics here on my last post….since then Oakley was kind enough to apologize and asked me to contact them for a shoot on my next visit.  Thanks guys!  I would truly enjoy having a little time here after/before  hours to get some great shots!  I have a few cool ideas.  As we all know..30 minutes to photograph a location is definitely not enough time.

This would be one cool office to work at!  I loved seeing all the folks leaving this Friday nite with skateboards, motocylce helmets, etc…  A nice relaxed place to be at.  No wonder they excel at whatever products they produce.  The people there live what they sell.  I’ll be back in the OC again soon…hope I can get back here and grab some additional photos!   It is in the heart of the OC…just look for El Toro Road…it is about 5 minutes from the 405.

Some info from the web site…Oakley:  t’s a place of reinforced blast walls, product torture chambers and the padded cells of mad science. Oakley’s design bunker is where inventions are conceived, developed, perfected and manufactured. In addition to the hidden catacombs of research labs and proving grounds, the architectural design of Oakley President Colin Baden includes a 400-seat amphitheater – and absolutely no adult supervision.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
  • Aperture:  f/13
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza, Photo Tools 2.6

Paris, France – Eiffel Tower (HDR)

One of the world’s most beautiful places…..overlooking the Eiffel Tower.  This shot is a fisheye with a Sepia Tone added to the HDR.  I tried to make this shot a bit different.  Happy Friday!!

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 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza, Silver Efex Pro