This moody HDR of Bradford Stadium is home of the Valencia Tigers & El Dorado Hawks. The scoreboard is dark and the stands are empty….just a few weeks until Friday Night Lights are ready to fire up again. Bring on football season!
We are season ticket holders for the inaugural season of the LA KISS for the 2014 Arena Football Season. The first game was this past Saturday vs. Portland Thunder. We won 44-34!! Great too see Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons introduce the game. Lots of entertainment! A concert, dancers, BMX tricks…all worth our $15/game tickets!!! Get your tickets here… LA KISS WEBSITE GO LA KISS!! I have a free FB Timeline Cover on my FB page Peter Talke Photography Here are a few photos from the game…enjoy!
My next installment of HDR backgrounds will be released in February. This will be Volume 4. Look for more details soon! I will also be adding in all backgrounds from other collections onto my website as well. This will bring the total of Volume 4’s backgrounds release to be about 140+ backgrounds! Target date: Feb 15th for the release.
Above is one of the backgrounds that will be included in the new release…it is from Titan Stadium in Fullerton, CA.
I am photographing the Yorba Linda High School Football team this season when I can and the first game was last nite vs. El Modena. Yorba Linda won 21-7! Nice way to start the season. Congrats Mustangs!! Before the game I took this shot as the sun was lighting up the field. College Football started last nite and the NFL this next week…great for us football fans!! Are you ready for some football?
A new division for my photography will be Sports Art. This will include HDR Composites and Sport Art pieces like this one. I have a new Sports Art PDF brochure to send if you are in the Orange County area and would like to create a sports memory that will last a lifetime!! Become a SUPERSTAR!!! Contact me today at peter at talkephotography.com to schedule a sports art session!
If you shoot HDR’s and love to take portraits…why not try HDR Composites!! Above is my recent one…a football composite. I posted this shot yesterday in various places and on one site someone asked…is that real rain? It is just a rain texture, then blended in photoshop. I had a great session with Shad over the weekend…took about 37 shots and pre-shot the background a month or so ago. I looked at my backgrounds and shots and figured out what would fit best. I know I wanted to add rain to the shot and the end result is above.
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Both have exclusive backgrounds and I hope you can find a couple HDR’s to create your own composite art!!
You can find the background above here….Football Background
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Also, I am planning on writing and article on how I processed this photo in an upcoming HDR One Magazine!! The Internet’s #1 HDR Magazine!! Let ya know when it is coming out!
This past Friday nite the Yorba Linda Mustangs football team beat up on Cypress. A great game! Thanks to the Booster Club President for allowing me access to shoot atop the press box! It was a chilly nite and the view was perfect! As I arrived I knew the sun was setting early. Game time was 7 PM. I set up around 6:15 and decided to try something a bit different. I wanted a game action shot with a cool sky. 7 PM kickoff would miss the sunset. This what I decided to try…
I set my camera on a tripod and noted all settings/placement in order to keep them the same throughout.
1) 6:30 PM: Took 7 exposures of the field and sky (+3 to -3). f/22 to get the flare in the lights…also to get longer exposure times. The band was playing on the field, but I knew they would not be in the final pic.
2) 8:00 PM: Took a single shot of on the field action during the game. Shot in manual
In photoshop I combined the two shots..lined them up and masked out the field without the game action. Touched it up and thats it! Worked easily!!! I added Tonal Contrast on the field action to give it an HDR like look.
Congrats Mustangs!!! Enjoy the photo!
Friday nights in Texas are special during the fall. HS Football is the biggest ticket around. You may have heard of the TV show Friday Night Lights? It is filmed here in Austin. So our local team is Lake Travis. I posted some shots from a game last year as well. We have won three consecutive state titles and 48 games in a row going into tonite. I had heard we were ranked number 9 in the entire nation?? Scheduling is not a cake walk at LT. This evening we played Aledo High School. State champs last year as well. We were also without our fantastic starting QB…Michael Brewer. He is one his way to Texas Tech next year. He was hurt in the previous game and had to be held out. The outlook was dim. We led most of the game and near the end Aledo scored (up 14-10), we punted and they held onto the ball and the game ended along with our 4th longest winning streak in Texas history! Great matchup!!
I had my yearly chance to photograph on the sidelines. I was geared up with my monopod and 70-200 lens. Above you can see some photos. After the nite of shooting, I must say HS football is tough to photograph!! As it gets darker…it sure is difficult. Lighting is not great and I have concluded, that a D300 is just an average camera to shoot low light situations. If I had a D3 or D3x…now I would be talking! I was shooting Manual 640-800 second f/2.8 mostly. Out of about 600 shots….I thought 150 ish were decent. It was only my second time shooting HS Football, so not a bad nite, but just average.
Experience is needed to excel in the photography world of HS football. At halftime I was on the sidelines and was talking to the photographer from the Austin American Statesman (our big newspaper) and he was downloading his shots onto his laptop for review. I could see lots of blurry ones as well…so I did not feel too bad. But he did have a 400mm lens…those were the shots that looked awesome!! Hopefully I can shoot another game on the field this year? I’d love to try College Football during the day! Ah to dream!! Have fun!