Boulder, Colorado (Infrared)

One summer late afternoon I took a cruise up the mountains that overlook Boulder. These were near the Flatirons. I loved the views all around. I had my infrared camera and decided why not take some shots of the green pines near me and see how it looks. Looks like a winter shot! Gotta love what IR can do to the surroundings. It has been a whimsy winter this year…so enjoy the snowy look in this IR shot!! Spring is almost here!!!

Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.6-5.6
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 95.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/6 second
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Color Efex pro


Austin, TX – Infrared

It has been one long hot summer in Texas. We have had 84 days over 100 degrees and may have a few more before the summer is over. Crazy! I watch those Coors Light commercials and the train comes by and makes it ice cold. Boy do we need it in Texas! Time to open a cold one! So I had posted this shot back in April in standard IR. Many people that see IR for the first time always say it looks like snow. So why not take the shot and make it look like a snow storm in Austin. Here is an IR shot that really is snowy! I did this using the channel mixer, a texture, and onOne Photo Tools 2.6 snow filter. Have a cool day!!

Yosemite National Park (HDR)

Winter is almost over….at least for some of us!  I saw snow fell in may places in the US this past week.  Sorry to those who had to deal with it.  In Texas its nearly 80-85 degrees everyday now…so a snowfall photo from the amazing Yosemite National Park can be our send off to old man winter!!   Bring it spring!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0 mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6


Innsbruck, Austria

Last year during my yearly visit to amazing Innsbruck, Austria…my wife, daughter and I took the tram up to the top of the surrounding mountains.  The tram just opened up to this location within the past year.  It was a nice 60 degrees in the city this day and up at the top of the mountain it was about 30 and chilly!!  With some fun snow!!  A bit scary when you look over the edge on certain viewing platforms.  An amazing experience…kinda like you are on top of the world.   Innsbruck is know for the 1976 Winter Olympics.  It is a cute little city…and also my favorite airport in the world!  You fly in on these small Austrian Airline planes with props.  At the right time of year..snow cap mountain are in all directions.  Then you see this little valley ahead and that is Innsbruck!   You get out of the plane on the runway and mountains are all around.   Very surreal!

Here is some info from the web:   Imagine having lunch in town, browse the shops, – and then change to a mountain restaurant for a leisurely afternoon coffee. In Innsbruck this is reality, thanks to a total make-over of the rail and cableways leading up to Nordpark, a Mecca for skiers, snowboarders and hikers right on Innsbruck’s doorstep. According to the Innsbruck Nordkettenbahn Ltd, the company responsible for this ambitious construction project, the ride from the city centre to an altitude of 2,300m takes just 20 minutes.

Section 1 has just gone into operation, with two gondola cable cars taking passengers from Hungerburg to Seegrube and Hafelekar. This means fast access to the Nord-park’s winter fun for skiers, snowboarders and sun seekers alike, to its extreme down-hill runs for pros, off-piste slopes for nature lovers, pipes and backcountry for boarders and freeriders, as well as the sun terraces for those who love to just lounge in the sun.  Thanks to the careful adaptation of the upper and lower terminus buildings, which date back to the 1920s, the new mountain link provides an unusual and interesting contrast between state-of-the-art technology and architecture of special historic interest. At the Seegrube there is a choice between a self-service buffet area and an upstairs restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the town and surrounding mountains thrown into the bargain.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 VR f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length:  31.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/640 second
  • Aperture:  f/13.0
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4

Yosemite National Park (HDR)

Last week I had my first visit ever to Yosemite National park in Northern California.   I have traveled to many  places in my day and without a doubt, this has got to be the most breathtaking place I have ever seen!!!!  It seemed like I was in heaven.   Stunning views and sights with every turn of your head.   If I could list all the adjectives that describe this amazing place…it would gone on forever.   This is a day I will never forget!

I’ll have many a photo from here, so there will be more posts to come.  I had just arrived into San Francisco and had a free Sunday before work started.   I have always seen the tour brochures at the hotels in SF and I studied them and asked during my last visit in late 2009 what would be the best tour…a few people suggested Extranomical Tours.   I checked out their website before I arrived and if I had time I wanted to go for it.  They pick you up at your hotel at around 6 AM and as it was offseason, we only had 8 people on the tour.   We had the last pick up around 7:15 and we were on our way in a nice van.  During the summer the amount of people and bus size surely increase!   We had a wonderful tour guide..if I can recall his name was Kirk?   He was very informative and had a mic and talked a bit during the ride.  Thanks Kirk!!  Great job!  We also had a great bunch of folks on the ride.  They were from all over the world…Singapore, India, Japan, Taiwan, Swtzerland, a local from SF and me from Texas!

The ride out takes about 4 hours.  You stop for a bit to get a snack and continue on.  We arrived about 11:30ish AM.  As soon as you arrive at the gate, a magnificent river is to your right with big boulders spread throughout which causes cascading water in multiple spots as it continues up through the mountains as far as the eye can see.   Wow!  We were lucky, two days before the park was closed due to falling tress.  They had just had a big snowfall and it reopened this Sunday.   Add to our luck I had heard that snowfall at ground level only occurs 1-2 times a year.  Nice!    I had never taken HDR’s in snow…so an experience was to come!

Our first stop of the tour was Tunnel View and we hopped out of the van and walked a few feet and the view just blows you away!!!   I’ll post that pic soon. As soon as I saw the mountains and snow….UNREAL!!  Just awe inspiring!  I knew a fabulous day was ahead.  I’ll continue with more on Monday….I’ll post an IR shot from Yosemite.  Its the kinda place when you are there, you just can’t believe it and do not feel worthy your eyes are seeing such stunning creations of nature.

As for this picture, we were in the van heading to Yosemite Lodge and had 1 hour and 45 mins to have lunch and walk around.  As we pulled up, out the window I see this view from a distance!!!!  Immediately I say to myself…HOLY Cr&P!!!  As soon as we stopped I quick grabbed a burger and was on my way to this location.  About a 5-7 minute walk.   You turn a corner and whammo!!  This is right in front of you!!  In the middle is Yosemite Falls!!!!     I waited for a few people to pass and you can see they are in the distance.  Its great as it gives you a size reference to these tree-mendous trees!!!  I still cannot believe I was there.  So if you or anyone is in the SF area….please, please visit Yosemite.  You will never forget it!  To be continued…

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro, Vivieza