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

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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!!

Dallas, Texas – Galleria XMas Tree (Trail Light Effect)

XMas lights are always a great and easy subject for the “Trail” light effect!  As long as you have a zoom lens…set your shutter speed to a 1-3 second exposure and after clicking the shutter…zoom in or out of the lights and you can get some cool effects!  A tripod helps!!  This shot was from the big Christmas Tree located in Dallas at the Galleria Shopping mall.  You can even do this on your own tree at home…or the holiday lights outside!  Have fun during the holidays!!  Hope Santa brings you that new camera or lens you are hoping for!!

San Antonio, Texas – Hilton Hotel (HDR)

Only 3 days til Xmas!  Just wanted to add this shot from downtown San Antonio, Texas.  We visited last year and the Hilton was lit up as above.  So cool!  I give the hotel credit…never seen anything like this before!  Enjoy the holiday season!! Hope you got your shopping completed???   Another post coming soon!