Newport Beach, CA – Balboa Fun Zone (HDR)


This past Saturday was the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. I attended the walk in Newport Beach, CA at the Balboa Fun Zone. We had a great turnout. About 25 people…roughly. I wanted to HDR..and broke off from the group to see what I could find. I met Frank standing next to me during the beginning speech and he joined me for some HDR’ing. We wanted to see what HDR’s we could find at the Fun Zone. We walked up and down the streets…unfortunately, not a Fun Zone for HDR. I wanted to try an arcade in HDR. We walked into one and thought…Skee Ball in HDR…why not?? Might be cool?

Afterwards we hit the beach to take pics of the pier. Look for a shot from here soon! I enjoyed my night and snagged a couple nice shots. Frank, nice to meet you and hope you got a few shots as well! I might lead a walk next year. I have plan and if I can get it together…let ya know next late summer! How was your photo walk..if you attended?? Where did you shoot? Hope you had a great time!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/10
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, HDR Efex Pro 2, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

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Austin, Texas – Photowalk

Yesterday we had a photowalk downtown in Austin with a different style….using models.  This was set up by my friends Alex Suarez and Steve Wampler.  At this time of year it is fun in Austin…SXSW is going on.  Even last nite..Apple opened a spot store and was selling IPad 2’s for it new release.   We had about 11 photographers and 2 models.  We split up into two groups…Canon shooters and Nikon shooters….due to using flash equipment.  We basically used one flash.  Our Nikon setup was using either a pocket wizard that we shared or shot commander mode using a mounted flash on a monopod shooting through a Westcott umbrella.

We walked around and shot all around the 6th street area from 5:30 until 8:30 PM.  We all had a blast.  The model above is named Eight.  She was incredible.  She posed and had no problem working with us for the whole time.  Kudos Eight!   We walked in this back alley and I thought it might be cool to get the Frost Bank Tower Building in the back of the shot.  We all sat on the ground looking up and snapped away!  Might be my fav shot of the nite!

Thanks to Alex and Steve…that was awesome!  Such a fantastic photowalk!  As you may have read from me in previous posts…the future of Talke Photography is portraits. A photowalk like this is key to experience.  Priceless indeed!  I had a blast.  It is amazing how much work a photo shoot is.  Carrying all your gear and being wary of people.  But all fun!!!

Trey Ratcliff’s Photowalk – March 13th (Austin, TX)

If anyone is in the Austin area…I will be joining Trey and a bunch of my Austin HDR buddies this Sunday nite downtown for Trey’s Photowalk at SXSW!   Join us if you can!!  Gonna be a great time!!   Click here for info…

Trey’s Photowalk March 13th – Austin, TX

Austin, Texas – Capitol Building (Infrared)

This past Saturday was the Scott Kelby Photo Walk 2010.   I lead the group on a downtown Photo Walk.  We had a wonderful turn out and I had a chance to meet some existing friends and some new ones!  Photo Walks’s are great…everyone usually has a camera and tripod…so you fit right in!!  Skills vary from the beginner to possible a pro!  My 6 year old daughter even joined the walk for a bit.  I think we even had a 3 year old out there taking shots!  Whether you were shooting standard, HDR, IR, Macro, Street photography…it was a perfect nite!   Not too hot for Austin…about 93 degrees.    We lasted till 9:30 PM.  A few of us walked down in hopes to see the Bats at sunset, but they decided not to fly out.  Possible weather patterns or babies are being cared for?  Not sure, but we did get a few shots from Congress Avenue at the blue hour.  I set up a Flickr Group for our Photo Walk for those that might want to see our shots.  It may take a few days for it to fill up…so check back often.  We met up afterwards and it was great to chat and compare shots.  Everyone has a different “Camera Eye”…to see the world through another persons point of view is what photography is all about!

I didn’t take many shots this nite, but did get a chance to shoot a few infrared photos before the sunset….this is the Capitol Building from a different point of view.  I’ll gladly teach anyone about IR…just shoot me an email!  If you were at your local Photo Walk…how did it go?   Have fun!   I’ll get another Photo Walk together next year in Austin….this time at UT Campus!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/15 sec
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza, Color Efex Pro