Laguna Beach, CA – Lifeguard Tower (HDR)

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I took a cruise to Laguna on Thursday nite to grab a few HDR’s and walked around downtown and headed back to my car after sunset. At Main Beach you can find a basketball court, volleyball courts, a cute little wood (boardwalk style) pathway, beautiful beach, restaurants, shops, hotels….you name it is there! Blue hour was happening during my walk back and I took this shot. Laguna rocks!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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Laguna Beach, CA (HDR)

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I posted a similar photo in infrared a few weeks back. I liked the location so much I decided to shoot it in HDR as well. Now all HDR artists know well…HDR + mid afternoon = blah. How did I help out the blahs? I shot this HDR with ND Filter. In day light with a hint of clouds I anted to maximize my exposure times. The ND filter helped out this mid day HDR tremendously. They say not to HDR in mid-day…I say why not!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Manual Mode
Filter: B&W ND #106 1.8-64X
Focal Length: 18.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, NIK Color Efex Pro 3, NIK HDR Efex

Laguna Beach, CA – Victoria Beach (HDR)

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Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in SoCal. One place I had never been until recently was Victoria Beach. Park on PCH, walk through a few streets, down some steps and walk over some tricky rocks and you have arrived! It is a private public beach. The main attraction is the tower that was built in 1926. It was designed to provide spiraling stairs down from the cliffs above. The design is a Victorian Lighthouse. A very cool spot, but be careful walking up with your gear. Waves were crashing up on the rocks….luckily not too large this day.

As for the photo…not something I do very often…shoot an HDR in extreme sunlight. For this reason I used a B&W Filter – Neutral Density #106 1.8-64X. It helps with longer exposures.

B&W Filter

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Manual Mode
Filter: B&W ND #106 1.8-64X
Focal Length: 20.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/20
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro

Laguna Beach, CA – Hiesler Park (Infrared)

While in Orange County recently, we took a drive down to my favorite coastal spot…Laguna Beach!  I had always loved visiting the Montage Spa and Resort for photos…now my new fav place is Hiesler Park.  It is just about 2 minutes drive from Main Beach up the PCH.  Great views and a small beach with lots o rocks!!  Parking is tough to find, but a wonderful spot!  Located here is one of the most photographed places in Laguna..the Laguna Beach Gazebo!   It overlooks the cliffs and has some great views!!  If you are in the OC…stop by and you will not be disappointed!  And if you stop by near dinner time or Sunday brunch…Las Brisas Restaurant is right next to the Gazebo!!    They have wonderful food!   Laguna rocks!

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: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/125 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Silver Erex Pro

Laguna Beach, CA (Infrared)

Laguna Beach is a favorite of mine. If you want to experience Southern California this is the place!  Coastal living at its best.  Not sure if I could afford to live there…but visiting is no problem!   Beach side hotels, great restaurants, Montage Spa & Resort, Main Beach, Art Galleries, Pacific Coast Highway and amazing views!   Some of my favorite IR shots are from California.   Ocean and Palm Trees = perfect IR.   This is the coast of Laguna from last week….Pacific Ocean in the background.  If you are in Orange County….head down to Laguna…you will enjoy!!!

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: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/25 sec
  • Aperture:  f/20
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza

Laguna Beach, CA – HDR

laguna Beach, CA  - HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

Here is a nice shot from one of my favorite places to visit – Laguna Beach!   It is so beautiful!  Whats funny is that we went a few months ago and since I had not traveled this past month, I was going through my older pics last nite and saw that I had yet to process my HDR’s from Laguna!   This was my first one processed and I will get to the rest later tonite.  If you read my last post on Laguna – this shot is from the Montage Spa and Resort.  If you are in Orange County make sure you stop by to visit.  Walk the grounds and the beach in the back of the hotel…the views are amazing!!!!    Since Laguna is beachside, it can get chilly at nite…even in the summer.   This location offers some wonderful views of the sunset!!   The Montage is right on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway).   Laguna is an artsy town, so you will find many shops that have paintings and hand crafted items.    Walking downtown is a fun experience  and the main beach has a famous basketball court that overlooks the ocean.

I took this shot hand held while walking around with 5 exposures and post processed in Photomatix and some touchup in Photoshop.  If you look over the bushes inthe middle of the picture you can see a hole in cliff.  Just beyond that area there is a beach to walk on.  Probably the most photographed family portrait area in SoCal!   I think when we were there this day I saw about 5 families gettting their portraits done.   Maybe I will be one of those photographers in the future??   Let me know and I will meet you there!   Enjoy!