Placentia, CA – In “fore” ed (Infrared)

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I am on a run of infrared shots! Here is one more. I recently shot a Golf Event at the Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia. I decided to take my IR camera and give golf a try! Golf courses in IR are great! Let see how actual golf looks! I snapped about 25 shots this day and was not sure what the outcome would be. I picked out one that might be a keeper and processed it. NICE!!!! Caught this guy just right and if you look close enough….the ball is actually in the sky…mid air!!! (not photoshopped!). Sweet!! Great shot buddy!!! I’d say IR Golf is now on the radar!!! Great combo!! Maybe I can coin a new style….Infored…get it…In “fore” ed. Just hoping you got a chuckle out of that one!!

Myrtle Beach, SC – Brookgreen Gardens (Infrared)

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From the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, SC. If you are ever in MB…stop by for a nice walk and enjoy the views!! Some info from the web… Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. The 9,100-acre property includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures placed in them, the Lowcountry Zoo, and trails through several ecosystems in nature reserves on the property.
Brookgreen Gardens was opened in 1932, and is built on four former rice plantations, taking its name from the former Brookgreen Plantation.

Castile, NY – Letchworth Falls (Infrared)


Oen of the most beautiful waterfalls in New York is Letchworth Falls. Some info from the web…Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park spans more than 14,000 acres, containing spectacular vistas, more than 30 waterfalls, a major dam, campsites, historic buildings, museums and plenty of things to do. Over 50 miles of hiking trails spread throughout the park offer visitors a new experience every time they visit.

Bisected by the Genesee River, the park offers both something for the leisurely visitor and the adventurous. The river gorge cuts through the valley yielding three major waterfalls within and multiple cascades emptying into the ravine as well as plenty of scenic magnificence and white-water thrills. Not only does the park offer excellent access to the major falls of the Genesee, with sheer cliffs up to 550 feet high and a watershed miles across; there are plenty of opportunities to find a spectacular ribbon falls, such as Inspiration Falls, the highest in the state.

Miami, Florida – Spanish Monastery (HDR-Infrared)


One cool location in Miami is this Spanish Monastery just outside of Main Beach. Perfect for HDR and Infrared. Today this shot is both combined! A 3 bracket HDR-IR. Hope to get back there again one day!

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

St. Augustine, FL (Infrared)


From the lovely St. Augustine, FL…a place meant for Infrared photos. Any location with palm trees will rock in IR! Added effects thanks to textures and onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite. Not sure if there are any sports fans out there…the Jan 30th issue of Sports Illustrated in the first few pages of photos had an infrared sports shot in the magazine! It was a golf tournament…very cool! Click here to see it…Sports Illustrated. It is the first time I have seen IR used in a mainstream publication. Very cool!!

Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
Infrared Conversion: D70S modified by LifePixel
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 18.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/0.8 sec
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6, Nik Color Efex pro

Long Valley, NJ – Hacklebarney Park (Infrared)

The art you can create with an Infrared Camera is endless!   I am always trying to find ways to produce different looking shots with my IR photos.  Thanks to some new unreal and awesome software I just downloaded…onOne Software’s Perfect PhotoSuite 5.5 …did I have a great weekend of processing photos!!  I will get a review complete later this week.  I want a little more time to play around.   The effect in the photo above was thanks to Photo Tools 2.6 (part of the suite).

The photo above is from Hacklebarney Park when I visited in October.  The leaves were in full fall bloom.  I posted an HDR shot of this a few months back. I like this IR version as well!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
  • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
  • Lens: Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 50.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/60 sec
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, ,Silver Efex Pro, onOne Software Photo Tools 2.6

And for more fun…the Pixel Bender version!!   So cool!  Love this Pixel Bender!!!

Boulder, Colorado – A Hike in the Woods (HDR)

After a day of work I had the evening free and wanted to go walk near the Flatirons in lovely Boulder, CO.  The best area to view or walk amongst them is a Chautauqua Park…located just minutes from downtown Boulder.  Here you park and can walk numerous trails around the mountains.  It was about 6 PM and groups were gathering, preparing for hikes.  Now I am not a big hiker…especially with an extra 20 lbs of camera gear on my back…but wanted to see the Flatirons as close as possible and decided to head up the hills!  It was a toasty 85 degrees, so when I wanted to take a break, I set up my tripod and snapped a few pics.  I lasted about for about 40 minutes uphill and wanted to head back to get a sunset shot in the open grounds.  This shot above was from my trek back…downhill!  Whew!!    Such a wonderful place to enjoy nature!    I read there are trails that go up above the Flatirons to a place called the Royal Arch.  Sounds like another hike one day!

Click here for trail maps and park info.  Chautauqua Park I’d love to be there when snow is falling…I can imagine its amazing!!  I;ll post a Flatiron HDR soon!  Enjoy!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 18.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
  • Austin, TX – Pedernales River (HDR)

    From a few week back in Austin, TX…I was on my way to Westcave Preserve for a photo opp with my buddy Jim Nix (Nomadic Pursuits) and before you get to the entrance of the Preserve you must travel over this super small one lane bridge.  The bridge is located over the Pedernales River.   As we arrived early…a perfect time for a few photos.  There is a nice rock river bed where you can set up and get some great river shots!   Long exposures lead to the silky water motion.  I am a big fan of any water in motion in photos.  I can recall my first water motion capture on my DSLR a few years back…I was amazed…and thought I was a photographic genius!  LOL  Its so easy to do…and the effect is always great to see!

    Info from teh web:   The spring-fed, free-flowing and very scenic Pedernales River flows through the heart of Lyndon B. Johnson’s part of Texas. Rising in Kimble County, the river flows 106 miles through Gillespie, Blanco, Hays and Travis Counties to the confluence of the Colorado River above Lake Travis and Austin. The surrounding land is rocky and rugged, with the ground rising at the top of the Texas Hill Country to form a river valley below.

    At normal levels the Pedernales is too low to paddle, but when rains come and the river rises it becomes a fast-moving whitewater stream of immense fun and thrills. It is not a river for the timid or the inexperienced – there is plenty of trouble if you fail to negotiate the rapids and drops properly. From Harper to US Highway 281 the river is narrow and very shallow, usually not navigable at all, but below Highway 281 the river widens and gets a little deeper. The upper section is very near Fredericksburg and Johnson City, for those who want a great bed & breakfast, quaint shops and restaurants for their time off the river.

     Talke Photography Settings:

     

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 19.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photomatix, Viveza

     

    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