Trumansburg, NY – Taughannock Falls (HDR)

Deep into upstate New York you can find the small town of Trumansburg. Nestled in the countryside is Taughannock State Park.

Some info from the web: Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Taughannock Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer spectacular views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby. A multi-use trail–hiking, cross-country skiing–winds past sledding slopes and natural skating ponds. Boat Launch Site not suitable for any type of sailboat. The park also offers organized activities including tours through the Taughannock Gorge and summer concerts along the lakefront.


World Trade Center – Brochure

I grew up in NJ and one of my favorite things to do when visiting NYC was to arrive into Penn Station take the subway to the World Trade Center and go up to the top to see the view of New York City….floor 104 if I can recall. I watched a few shows yesterday on the 10 year anniversary and remembered that I had an old brochure from one of my visits years ago. This is about 20 years old. Here is the brochure from the World Trade Center thanks to my scanner. Click each image for a larger view. Even after 10 years…it is still very emotional to see. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that lost their lives on 9/11. We will never forget!!!

PDF Version: Feel free to download and keep! You may have to rotate the file upon download.

New York City, New York – Times Square (HDR)

This one is for New York City! One of the best cities in the world! Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and my thoughts and prayers go out to all that lost loved ones on this horrible day. I was watching some shows just this past week on the attacks and still get sick to my stomach…even 10 years later. The world is a better place now, but still will never be the same. I am proud to live our amazing country…USA!!!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 Exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/4.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Ulysses, NY – Infrared

Another drive by photo! Countryside drives can give you great simple shots. How many times have we all been driving and as you look out the window say to yourself, “Now that would be a great pic…wish I had my camera!” This day I was lucky enough to have my camera and stopped whenever I had the chance. I had never taken a hay bale shot like this and as soon as I saw it roadside…I pulled over and grabbed my gear. In the back of the photo (black water)…is Cayuga Lake. One of the finger lakes in upstate New York. Enjoy!

Portageville, NY – Lyn’s Life Boats (HDR)

When traveling to Letchworth State Park depending on the route you take to get there…you can drive through the small town of Portageville. Just a few old historical buildings…some still in business some not. I love little towns like this! I saw this old business on the way in and decided to stop by on my way out and take this photo. Any old abandoned location needs that grunge look…so I added the feel via OnOne’s Photo Tools 2.6 Plug-in. Places like this want to be HDR’d. Tough to pass this one by!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 18.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 9 Exposures (+4 to -4)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Upstate New York – Old Barn

While cruising around upstate New York recently, I saw this old beat down barn on the side of the road. I pulled over and grabbed the shot. I was on my way somewhere so didn’t have time to set up for an HDR…but it was a sunny day…probably would not have looked so great. With this shot I just used NIK’s Tonal Contrast to give it a little kick. Road side shots are always fun!! Enjoy!

Las Vegas, Nevada – New York NY Hotel

Sometimes what you happen to photograph in Vegas, does not stay photographed in Vegas!  …It pops up on the interweb!  LOL  Here is New York New York Hotel in the blue hour.  I love this hotel…a perfect subject to photograph! That roller coaster has given me vertigo a few times!  The sad effect of getting old.  Have a great weekend!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 40.0 mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  3 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6