Miami, Florida – South Beach (Infrared)

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Let’s take a stroll down South Beach in the fun city of Miami, FL….early one AM. It is hard to believe August is almost here. Hope you are enjoying your summer!!

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

Miami, Florida – South Beach (HDR)


Happy New Year everyone! 2012 is gonna be the best year yet!! The shot above is from an early AM at South Beach. It s a little cool here in TX today…a day at the beach sounds good!!! I know our holidays are over…but why not take another??? Stay warm!

Miami, Florida – Spanish Monastery (HDR)

Just above South Beach in Miami you can find this little off the beaten path church.  It is called The Cloisters of the Ancient Spanish Monastery.  Some info from the web: The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux was built in Sacramenia, in the Province of Segovia, Spain, during the period 1133-1144.

The Cloisters were seized, sold, and converted into a granary and stable due to a social revolution in that area in the mid-1830’s. In 1925 William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the Monastery’s out- buildings.  The structures were dismantled stone by stone, bound with protective hay, packed in some 11,000 wooden crates, numbered for identification and shipped to the United States.

About that time, hoof and mouth disease had broken out in Segovia, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, fearing possible contagion, quarantined the shipment upon its arrival, broke open the crates and burned the hay, a possible carrier of the disease.  Unfortunately, the workmen failed to replace the stones in the same numbered boxes before moving them to a warehouse.  Soon after the shipment arrived, Hearst’s financial problems forced most of his collection to be sold at auction.  The stones remained in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, for 26 years.  One year after Hearst’s death in 1952, they were purchased by Messrs. W. Edgemon and R. Moss for use as a tourist attraction.  It took 19 months and almost $1.5 million dollars to put the Monastery back together.  Some of the unmatched stones still remain in the back lot; others were used in the construction of the present Church’s Parish Hall.

An interesting history!  Looks like they did a great job to me.

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 9 exposures (+4 to -4)
  • Aperture:  f/11.0
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro,  Photo Tools 2.6

Miami, Florida – South Beach (Super Infrared)

Now for something a little different!  Not a super shot…but a different point of view!  Sorry I have to save most IR shots for my book…but I wanted to post at least one shot from my Super Infrared converted Camera.  This is Miami’s South Beach as I stood dangerously in the middle of the street.  It was a quiet late Monday afternoon. My thought was the street lined with palm trees would look cool if the Super IR goes into effect.   What do ya think?  I like to play around with the hues and it surely creates interesting art that the Super IR allows!  I’d call it funk-a-delic!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared) – Super Color Filter
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 28.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/160 sec
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Hand Held
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5,  onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Viveza