Vienna, Austria – St. Stephens Cathedral (HDR)

Vienna, Austria - St. Stephens
From the beautiful Vienna, Austria…one of the largest churches is St. Stephens. I walked into the church this day with my camera ready and set to bracket my HDR. I was able to grab these 7 brackets, then the tripod police nabbed me! At least I was able to capture this shot above!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Apeture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro

Inside a Nikon Lens

Nikon Lens
If you are a photographer and wonder why some lenses are more expensive than others…its the glass. Fast glass will include better quality optics and usually more elements. This equals a higher cost. Will you get better quality photos with better lenses? Simple answer, yes. My bag contains a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. If I compare that to my Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6….not even a battle. Years ago, I started only buying fast glass. This does slow my purchasing, but the wait is worth it. Next on my list is the Nikon 85mm f/1.4.

The photo above is courtesy of “N Photo” magazine. A magazine that is for Nikon owners and it has wonderful pics and nice info for beginners to experts. You can download the iTunes app here N Photo. And check if it is still valid…you might get one issue for free!

Placentia, CA – In “fore” ed (Infrared)

Golf-IR-01SW
I am on a run of infrared shots! Here is one more. I recently shot a Golf Event at the Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia. I decided to take my IR camera and give golf a try! Golf courses in IR are great! Let see how actual golf looks! I snapped about 25 shots this day and was not sure what the outcome would be. I picked out one that might be a keeper and processed it. NICE!!!! Caught this guy just right and if you look close enough….the ball is actually in the sky…mid air!!! (not photoshopped!). Sweet!! Great shot buddy!!! I’d say IR Golf is now on the radar!!! Great combo!! Maybe I can coin a new style….Infored…get it…In “fore” ed. Just hoping you got a chuckle out of that one!!

San Diego, CA – Downtown (HDR)


From San Diego, CA a view looking away from the city at sunset. If you are staying downtown at this location you can catch planes flying into town over these houses! This view was from the Holiday Inn – 13th floor – view from my balcony.

Peter 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 CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Castile, NY – Letchworth Falls (Infrared)


Oen of the most beautiful waterfalls in New York is Letchworth Falls. Some info from the web…Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park spans more than 14,000 acres, containing spectacular vistas, more than 30 waterfalls, a major dam, campsites, historic buildings, museums and plenty of things to do. Over 50 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the park offer visitors a new experience every time they visit.

Bisected by the Genesee River, the park offers both something for the leisurely visitor and the adventurous. The river gorge cuts through the valley yielding three major waterfalls within and multiple cascades emptying into the ravine as well as plenty of scenic magnificence and white-water thrills. Not only does the park offer excellent access to the major falls of the Genesee, with sheer cliffs up to 550 feet high and a watershed miles across; there are plenty of opportunities to find a spectacular ribbon falls, such as Inspiration Falls, the highest in the state.

Miami, Florida – Breakwater Hotel (HDR)


From South Beach in Miami where you can find some sweet hotels lit up at nite along the strip. This is Breakwater Hotel. Looks broken down on this day. Doors might have been closed for renovations…but lights still work!! I checked out their site…all remodeled and they state it is the sexiest hotel in South Beach! Looks nice! $209/nite for a November stay. Time to hit Miami!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

Houston, Texas – University of Houston (HDR)


From the University of Houston – Light Sculpture called “A,A”. I have posted a few version of this shot. This one kinda makes me dizzy when I look at it. Such a cool location!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6

HDR Backgrounds now on sale at Denny Mfg.!!! (for Composites)


Yesterday my HDR backgrounds for composites went on sale at Denny Mfg.!

For those photographers that are into portraits, you now can order one or more of my HDR’s as a digital download or a backdrop from Denny Mfg.
1) Digital Download – drop your subject into the HDR background using photoshop (Composite)
2) Backdrop – purchase this option and get an HDR printed backdrop and photograph your subject using the traditional method in your studio

Click here to get to the Denny Mfg. website!

Denny Mfg. is the world’s largest manufacturer of photography backdrops. Along with my HDR backdrops, Denny Mfg. offers the following:
* Photography Backdrops
* Studio Props and Accessories
* Photo Studio Equipment
* Photography Studio Sets

If you ever have any questions on the HDR backgrounds, please feel free to contact me at any time! I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for checking it out!!

Yorba Linda, CA – Rocking T Ranch (Infrared)


From Yorba Linda, CA my new home town…if you are into horses, you can find these tepees at Rocking T Ranch. Here you can take lessons and ride horses all day long. Here is some info you may not know about tepees…

A tipi (also tepee and teepee) is a Lakota name for a conical tent traditionally made of animal skins and wooden poles used by the nomadic tribes and sedentary tribal dwellers (when hunting) of the Great Plains. Tipis are stereotypically associated with Native Americans in general but Native Americans from places other than the Great Plains mostly used different types of dwellings. The term “wigwam” (a domed structure) is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to a tipi. The word “tipi” comes into English from the Lakota language; the word thípi [ˈtʰipi] consists of two elements: the verb thí, meaning “to dwell”, and a pluralising enclitic (a suffix-like ending that marks the subject of the verb as plural), pi, and means “they dwell”. Lakota verbs can be used as nouns and this is the case with thípi, which in practice just means “dwelling”.