Vienna, Austria – Statue (HDR)


From one of the most beautiful small cities in the world…Vienna, Austria. You can see tons of history as you walk around taking pics. There are many statues in Vienna…the most famous is Mozart! Now this one above…I am not sure what is going on or who is involved. It def caught my eye. Is the one guy Poseidon? A statue shot is typically boring….so I added some textures and gave the woman (Athena?) the power of light from her hand! …just for a cool effect!

To create light rays in Photoshop:
1) Make a new layer
2) White paint brush, opacity 40%…you can always lower the layer opacity to you liking afterwards
3) Unfortunately, using a tablet is key…for straight lines
4) Brush details…I use the third option from top…it is tapered
5) Shift-Click from start location
6) Click at end position

That is it! Sometimes it may take a few tries to get the desired size and pressure. But it is easy! =)

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Palm Springs, CA – Forever Marilyn


From the wonderful and relaxing Palm Springs, CA you can find the amazing statue of Marilyn Monroe in her famous pose. Some info from the web:

The 26-foot-tall 34,000 pound sculpture manufactured in New Jersey of painted stainless steel and aluminum, is a super-sized sculptural tribute to Marilyn Monroe’s iconic scene from Billy Wilder’s 1955 infidelity comedy, The Seven-Year Itch, with the figure imitating the instant that a blast of air raises her dress. It was built in New Jersey before being transported to Pioneer Court, part of the Magnificent Mile section of Michigan Avenue, Chicago. In May 2012, Forever Marilyn was moved from Pioneer Court to Palm Springs, California. It is now located in downtown on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

If you live or are visiting Palm Springs…go see it soon…I hear it is there only until June 2013. Next stop…unknown.

Vienna, Austria – Maria Theresien Statue (HDR)


From the stunning city of Vienna, Austria…this is a statue located in the Maria Theresien Platz. Some info from the web: At the center stands a colossal monument honoring empress Maria Theresa, who reigned for forty years. The monument, created in 1888 by Kaspar Zumbusch, shows Maria Theresa seated on top of a large pedestal supported on all sides by Corinthian columns. She is holding a scroll with the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, an edict issued by Emperor Charles VI that allowed women to ascend the throne.
The empress is surrounded by some of her closest advisors. Four of her generals (von Daun, von Khevenhüller, Traun and von Laudon) are shown on horseback. Von Kaunitz, the chancellor of state, Van Swieten, her physician, Liechtenstein, director of the artillery forces and count von Haugwitz, who reformed the economy and strengthened central authority are shown standing near the pedestal.

Talke Photography Settings:

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/16
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Cleveland, OH – Garfield’s Tomb (HDR)


It’s been a while since my last fisheye post! I’ll admit, I have not used this lens in over 6 months. I always love seeing shots in fisheye. It is definitely not an everyday lens, but when used properly…it can create wonderful art! Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 10.5 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
Aperture: f/11.0
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park – Willie Stargell (HDR)

The 2010 baseball season has begun and its another year of routing for my Pittsburgh Pirates!  It has been tough being a Pirates fan…we have had 17 consecutive sub .500 seasons.  A record in all sports. Sad indeed!  The Pirates do not have the money of the Yanks or Red Sox, so it becomes tough to compete.  I just hope we can win consistently.  Thats the thought process of a Bucs fan.  My guess is Yanks vs Phillies in a rematch for the World Series.   I hope to get back to the Burgh in the summer.

This is a statue outside PNC of on of my favorite Pirates  – Willie Stargell (aka Pops).  I remember well We are Family in 1979 and the Stargell Stars.   Willie was a special player and one of the greatest players of all time. He  played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. Over his 21-year career with the Pirates, he batted .282, with 2,232 hits, 423 doubles, 475 home runs and 1540 runs batted in, helping his team capture six National League East division titles, two National League pennants and two World Series (1971, 1979).  Kudos Pops!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/4.0
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable Release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix

Pittsburgh, PA – Roberto Clemente (HDR)

When I was a little kid (I may be dating myself to some)…sometimes below the age of 4 you can recall certain memories.  One that stuck in my mind was watching Roberto Clemente play baseball.  I grew up in New Jersey, so I must have been watching a Mets vs. Pirates game.  But since that memory, I must have been amazed…as I have been a Pirates fan ever since!   Roberto started my love for Pittsburgh sports.  I immediately became a Pirates fan and in the years ahead I began routing for the Steelers and Penguins!   Over the year many people had asked me if I was from Pittsburgh.  One day in the future I would enjoy living there…and having season tickets to all the sports!  Now that would be fun!

I  have read lots of books and seen many videos on Roberto.  He was a special man.  One of the best players of all time was aboard a plane that crashed on December 31, 1972.   He was on the way to Nicaragua to bring supplies to help after a large earthquake.  He was league MVP in 1966 and World Series MVP in 1971.  If you do not know much about him…go to You Tube and see some highlights.

This shot is outside PNC Park (home of the Pirates).  The statue is in memorial to Roberto.   I thought a fisheye closeup might be a cool effect!  Pittsburgh is a lovely historic city.  If you get a chance to visit, please do so.

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 10.5mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/2.8
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Photomatix, Adobe CS4