Yorba Linda, CA – Nixon Library Fountain (HDR)

Nixon Fountain HDR SW_talke
From my hometown of Yorba Linda, CA…this is the fountain located at the Nixon Library. This past week we have been having some amazing sunsets in SoCal. I have been busy and missed many, but earlier in the day I could tell we were going to have another good one and took the quick drive to the fountain to grab a few shots! Enjoy!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 14.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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Pasadena, CA – City Hall (HDR)

Pasadena City Hall (HDR)
Pasadena is a famous city in California. It is know for the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl. My favorite spot is Old Town Pasadena.

Here is some info from the web: Old Town Pasadena spans 21 blocks downtown. It boasts upscale retail shops and a wide variety of restaurants, nightclubs, outdoor cafés, pubs, and comedy clubs. “One Colorado” features renovated historic architecture that attracted the new retail stores and restaurants. This development filled vacant buildings and was the impetus of the revitalization of Old Town on Colorado Boulevard. Paseo Colorado is an upscale shopping mall designed to be a modern urban village. An open-air mall that covers three city blocks.

It is a wonderful place to eat, shop and photograph. Here you can also find the City Hall. A beautiful building as you can see above. Look for more pics soon! Enjoy!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 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 CS6, HDR Efex Pro, onOne Photo Tool 2.6

Have A Drink on Me! (HDR)


From an ranch in California, here is a sweet rusty old drinking fountain for your viewing pleasure. Rust, mold, cobwebs = more HDR greatness! Where are the most rusty and decaying cities in the US? Time for a photo walk in those locations! I must admit to loving grungy pics!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 82.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/16
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Cleveland, Ohio – Fountain of Eternal Life (HDR)

Cleveland Rocks!  I travel to Cleveland a few times a year.  Unfortunately, sometimes in winter….it can get cold and snowy!!   But in the summer there are a few great places to take photos.  I stay downtown at a Marriott and right out in front of the hotel is this cool fountain.  I have posted a few photos from my night sessions, but this is the first day time shot.   If you are ever in Cleveland it is a five minute walk from the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame from this location.  I feel for the Clevelander’s…as a sports fan…LeBron James left this city behind in a bad way.   I was shooting this day only a few days after he made the announcement.  I talked to a few people while walking around and they were worried about their jobs as the Cavs brought in a lot of business to the downtown area.   With Lebron gone, it will affect the whole city.   Keep your chin up Cleveland!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 F/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, PHDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Viveza

Heidelberg, Germany – Fountain (HDR)

Located on the grounds at the Heidelberg Castle is this cool fountain of Neptune.  I saw it in the distance and thought it would be perfect for an HDR!  Not sure of the importance of the fountain…I googled it..no luck. It is beautiful!   The garden grounds have pathways and trees to walk under along with a grassy area to have a picnic.   Back in the day I can see the people that lived there enjoyed a lovely stroll around the grounds.  This fantastic little city must have been amazing years ago!

Info from the web: Nestled in the hill 300 feet above the city of Heidelberg stands the breath-taking Heidelberg Schloss (castle). The castle is a combination of several buildings surrounding an inner courtyard, put together with a haphazard look. Each building highlights a different period of German architecture. The castle has a history almost as old as the city itself. The first parts of the castle were constructed around 1300, but it wasn’t before Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398 – 1410) that the castle was used as a regal residence. Until it was destroyed by lightning in 1764 leaving it permanently uninhabitable, the castle was the residence for most of the Prince Electors. In 1800, Count Charles de Graimberg began the difficult task of conserving the castle ruins. Up until this time, the citizens of Heidelberg had used the castle stones to build new houses. Just as breath-taking as the castle is from the city, so too is the city from the castle. From either the Great Terrace or the gardens, one has an amazing view of Heidelberg, the Neckar River, and the Neckar valley far into the Rhine plain. On a clear day, Mannheim is even visible on the horizon.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Austin, Texas – Littlefield Fountain (HDR-Infrared)

    Austin definitely has some wonderful photo locations.  University of Austin is one of the best.  Here is the Littlefield Fountain shot as an HDR-IR.  IR photos are sweet…add in HDR and sometimes a cool shot arrives!!  Here is some info from the web:   Littlefield Fountain is a monument by Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini, located on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. The fountain was built with money from a $250,000 trust established by Major George W. Littlefield as a World War I memorial. It was unveiled in 1933, at a time when the Old Main Building was still in use.  

    Hook em Horns!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
    • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
    • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 26.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:   HDR 3 Exposures (+1 to -1)
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza

    Paris, France – Place de la Concorde (HDR)

    A few years back I walked near these fountains in Place de la Concorde and gave it a try at nite in HDR.  They were a perfect match!  Now I keep going back to find a new angle and view.  This was from last November, I had my new fisheye with me…so I had to give it a try on the fountain!    If you walk from the Louvre back to Arc De Triomphe, these wonderful fountains are on the way!

    Its nice to go back to a subject you have shot before and look at it with a fresh eye (and a fisheye…lol).   Keep mixing it up or improve on a shot you took but could have been better.   In my opinion, familiarity in a subject is a key to photography growth.   How many times have I shot the Austin Capitol Building??   Countless.  Pushing the limits of your artistic eye makes you a better photographer.   It makes you look harder to find a new great shot  that you have yet to take.  Just go out and take tons of pictures.  A pro just doesn’t go out and take one shot and be done…they experiment as well!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
    • ISO: 100
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/2.8
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro