Yorba Linda, CA – Pine Tree (IR)

Backyard Tree IR
A pine tree I enjoy seeing in my neighbors backyard everyday (just something about it)…its big and about 30-40 feet high. I always look up and think, if the sky was good…I could make a cool pic! Here it is in Infrared! Enjoy!

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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

Austin,TX – Blue Hour (HDR)


From my ole stomping grounds of Austin, TX…this shot is from walking across Congress Street Bridge…looking over at the Lamar Street Bridge. A cool blue hour sky!!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0mm
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

Las Vegas, NV – Venetian Hotel (HDR)


Viva Las Vegas! When walking thru the Venetian this early AM…around 8ish..all was quiet and a few drunkards were stumbling by. While taking the gondola ride the evening before…I had to grab this shot and decided to come back. I’m sure many people have the same photo as well. It is a nice re-creation of Venice. The fake buildings look solid in HDR. Now here was the challenge…the original ceiling is a lighted sky. The lighting is odd and the sky def looks off and funky in HDR. So whats a photog to do? I added a sky layer to make it look cleaner. I messed with Saturation, skew and added NIK tonal contrast to the sky to get it to fit in properly. Now its Viva Las Photoshop!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
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/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Air Force Academy, Colorado – Cadet Chapel (HDR)


One of the coolest church designs is the Air Force Academy Chapel. This day I arrived after 6 PM…so unfortunately the inside was closed, but the outside was well worth the shot and visit! The Air Force Academy is located about 14 miles north of Colorado Springs, CO. From the exit, you go through a checkpoint and 4 miles down the road you can find the academy. Beautifully placed in the hills of Colorado.

Some info from the web: The Cadet Chapel is the most popular man-made attraction in Colorado, with more than a half million visitors every year. Groundbreaking began on the iconic landmark Aug. 28, 1959, and was completed in 1963 at a cost of $3.5 million. The Cadet Chapel’s principal designer and architect was Walter A. Netsch Jr. A Chicago native, Mr. Netsch studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his degree in 1943 and joining the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was 34 when he completed the design for the chapel.

The chapel’s aluminum, glass and steel structure soars more than 150 feet into the Colorado sky. Its 17 spires can be easily spotted from Interstate 25, several miles east.
The Cadet Chapel staff’s mission is to inspire men and women to become leaders of character through spiritual formation.

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 19.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/8
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

City in the Sky (HDR)


I love going through my pics and taking a quick glance and guess what will turn out to be a solid HDR. This one was different. I took a look at it and my brain’s immediate output was the shot above…a mirror image of the building flipped to create an artistic view. Strange!!! I usually do not think of abstract art…but this one popped right away. A different style for me. A city in the sky? A spaceship? Something form Metropolis movie? Just a fun way to process! Enjoy!