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!

Fireworks!

YL Fireworks SW_Talke
Hope you all had a wonderful 4th!!! Here are some fireworks I shot from our local show last nite. We were a bit aways, but I thought the treeline would add a cool bit of interest to the shot! Enjoy!!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
Setting: Manual Mode
Focal Length: 13.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 2 seconds
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

Albuquerque, NM – Infrared


I haven’t posted an infrared shot in a bit and realized today when looking for a pics to process, that I have only shot IR 3 times in 2012! I live in SoCal…now time to get out more often in IR! Always interesting how your ebs and flows go in photography!

Orlando, FL – Harry P Leu Gardens (Infrared)


From Orlando, FL one beautiful location is the Harry P. Leu Gardens. A cute place where on this day…a wedding was going on! I managed to snag a few pics and loved this BIG tree. Shot it in IR and just wanted to give it the “Oil Paint” filter from CS6 to add an effect. It kind reminds me of my 80’s hair metal days…so I will call it the Bon Jovi tree…kinda looks like his hairdo.

Orlando, Florida – Cypress Gardens (Infrared)


From the quiet Cypress Gardens located in Orlando a shot from one of the botanical gardens. I have not been in FLA for a bit and have heard that Legoland has taken over the property of Cypress Gardens and has kept some of the gardens in place? When I went a few years back there was only a few people visiting the park and it was nice to have had a chance to see it!

Here is some history from the web: Cypress Gardens was one of Central Florida’s original tourist attractions, opening in 1936. This makes it a contemporary of Gatorland, another popular attraction that predates the arrival of the Disney Empire, having opened in 1949.

The original attraction at Cypress Gardens was the namesake botanical gardens, including a sprawling banyan tree. Over time, other attractions were added, like strolling Southern Belles in period costumes and a water ski show on adjacent Lake Eloise. Water skiing often overshadowed the gardens as a point of interest, and many world records in the sport were broken at Cypress Gardens over the years.

Cypress Gardens became a popular spot for filming movies and television specials in the 1950s and 1960s, with Esther Williams starting in several of them. Johnny Carson also appeared in a special at the park, and it was visiting by such celebrities as Elvis Presley.

The arrival of the Disney theme parks hurt Cypress Gardens, which is located about an hour away from Downtown Orlando, in a more far-flung spot called Winter Haven. It changed hands several times, starting in the 1980s, and attempted to reinvent itself as more of a traditional theme park, with roller coasters and other rides, eventually adding a small water park as well.

Competition increase as other Orlando theme parks like SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure kept people from leaving the immediate Orlando area. The struggling theme park, now rechristened as Cypress Gardens Adventure Park, suffered a further blow when three hurricanes struck the region in 2004.

There were sporadic park closures over the year, culminating in a final closure in September, 2009.

Vanderpool, TX – Lost Maples State Park (HDR)


One more shot from the colorful Lost Maples State Park. This was the first fall colored tree I saw in the park. I walked up and my jaw dropped a bit! The light was hitting it just right and the reddish leaves were sweet with the dark background. Fall color is just about over in Texas…winter will soon arrive. Hope it is not too cold in your area!

This HDR was a personal milestone for me…my 500th HDR posted on my web site!! Talke Photography That a lot of HDR’s! The next milestone is coming in early 2012…Places 2 Explore is getting near 1,000,000 visitors!! WOW!! Thanks everyone for visiting! I will keep on posting my best shots for you!! Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

Lens: Nikon 12-14 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 CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Coloro Efex Pro, OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

O Christmas Tree (HDR)

Christmas is over and we started to clean up the house today and take down the decorations.  The tree was our last item to tackle.  As I took a break this morning, I looked at the tree and yes, I HDR’d it and even tried an Infrared Photo (which was not good enough).  As I looked at the tree…I thought why not shoot it monochrome!  As I shot it this way, I decided to go ahead and get a few additional color shots.    I like closeup tree shots and processed my HDR’s from this morning just a bit ago.  They were cool, but we have all seen a tree HDR’d.  I even posted mine on XMas. I wanted something different.

I added the pic into NIK’s Software…played with Color Efex Pro…just ok.  Then tried my original thought of monochrome in Silver Efex Pro.  Then I clicked on the “Antique Plate II” setting and that was it!  I tweaked the contrast and hue/saturation a bit.  So here is my last holiday shot of the season!   New Years is next!!  See ya next year XMas!!