Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms


I was looking through old pics the other day and realized that I rarely ever take flower pics. In my early days, flowers were a focus…an easy subject. But now with portraits, landscapes and sports…flowers have taken a back seat. I pulled these up from a trip a while back and always love the vintage look on white flowers that other photogs give them….so I did the same. Enjoy!

Spring in Texas – Blue Bonnets


It has finally been a prefect spring here in Texas! Lots of rain and nice warm temperatures. This means tons of Blue Bonnets. Last year we barley had any…this year is the most I have ever seen! Riding down a road or highway, they are wonderful to see! Big patches all over! What Austin photographer cannot resist posting a shot of Blue Bonnets this week! Hope spring has arrived in your area!

Spring Flowers in Infrared


From last spring while walking around Mayfield Park here in Austin one lunch…this one tree had some lovely flowers blooming and I shot it in IR. The added bokeh gives it a nice feel. We are about a week away here in Texas from getting our spring flowers…hope winter was not too bad for you where you live! My IR camera will be ready for the foliage!!

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: 56.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/180 second
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Hand held
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Color Efex pro

Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA (HDR)


I had a little fun with this shot. As I dabble more and more with portraits…I have grown to love using “Actions” in Photoshop. You can find them all over the internet. These actions can create that dreamy colorful effect and basically produce anything you desire with the click of a button. My “City in the Sky” from the other day was done using an action called “Pewter”. I was processing this HDR and thought how often do you see an HDR with that colorful effect to it? Almost never. For the shot above I used an action called “Mulberry”..it gives a blueish tone to the shot. Hope it looks cool?? Have a great weekend!!

San Francisco, CA – Golden Pate Park

If you live in or a traveling to San Francisco in the summer and you want to take some lovely portraits…visit Stow Lake.  Here you can find a breathtaking Roman Bridge and  cool waterfall.  Both within a few minutes walk of each other.  The waterfall is actually in this picture…you can see part of it on the right.    When I was there this day…I saw a Bride getting her pictures taken.  If I had a flash…even this beautiful stairway would be a great spot!   Have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 1/13 second
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Akita, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

The past few days it has been 70+ degrees here in Austin.  So nice to feel spring weather!  Some of us are only a few weeks away!  Green grass and flowers will pop up soon!  I cannot wait.   So I was thinking of a trip I had to Japan in April a while back.  I had just missed the Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, but luckily was traveling up north in Japan.  The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom!   We went out to lunch one afternoon the roads in town were so beautiful…trees everywhere!!  For the shot above, I asked my co-worker to pull over so I can grab a photo.  I looked up at the great tree and snapped away!  If you are ever planning a visit to Japan…the first few weeks of April is Cherry Blossom time!   A dream of mine would be to visit Kyoto with the Blossoms in full beauty!   Sayonara!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 70.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/200
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photo Tools 2.6

Austin, Texas – Water Lilies

The summer is almost over and here is a nice summery shot of 2 beautiful water lilies.  They are one of my favorite flowers!  These are from our local Zilker Botanical Garden here is Austin.  I visit here just to take these shots.  The little pond is right by the entrance.  They are just so pleasing to the eye!!   Especially when the sun hits them right.  The center looks like its on fire!  Hope you had a great summer!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 102.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/250 second
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
  • Las Vegas, Nevada – Bellagio (HDR)

    One of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas is the Bellagio.   This shot was form early AM one morning while all the party people were sleeping.  It was only me and the Garden Caretakers.  They were working hard on exchanging flowers…keeping them fresh and beautiful.  This little garden is located right next to the reception and through each season, they have different exhibits.  Very lovely!

    Some info from the web: Brilliance abounds inside our breathtaking Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The attention to detail is astounding. The passionate display of nature in all its awe-evoking glory – quite simply, sensational! Let your imagination wander as you assume a leisurely stroll amongst rare natural finds selected distinctively for Bellagio from all over the world.

    Admire the essence of every season recreated with exceptionally gorgeous plants, flowers and trees thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor. Specially designed lighting spotlights every flower to accentuate its best features. To ensure the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens maintains magnificence 365 days a year, 140 expert horticulturists theatrically arrange gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features uniquely for each season. Treat yourself to this unrivaled attraction’s ever changing personality for the Holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer, and fall!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
  • Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

    I was in Japan last week and had a free morning on Saturday before my flight left to take some photos.  I was staying in Tokyo and was happy to get a chance to see the Cherry Blossoms just starting to bloom!   It is a magical time in Japan.  The next 2 weeks in Tokyo will be amazing!  If you ever get a chance to visit this time of year…it is indeed special!    This tree was going strong!  A few others were not as far along as this one.   There was a nice crowd around this particular tree as you can see how beautiful it was!  I added a little diffuse glow to the photo to soften the look a bit.   I have an HDR from here as well…will post it soon!   Spring has arrived!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 19.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/80 second
    • Aperture:  f/16.0
    • Gear:  Hand Held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza