Austin, Texas – Texas Tower (HDR)

Texas-Tower Austin TX
From my ole stomping grounds of Austin, TX. This was taken one day on a photowalk with my good buddy Jim Nix. We walked around the University of Texas this day taking lots of HDR’s. This is a wide angle of the Texas Tower. The Texas Tower has some serious history. Some info from the web: The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower, designed by Paul Cret of Philadelphia, was completed in 1937. Through the years, the Tower has served as the University’s most distinguishing landmark and as a symbol of academic excellence and personal opportunity. The observation deck of the UT Tower offers a spectacular view of the UT Campus and the Austin area in all directions. Thanks to the cooperative effort of students, staff, and the University administration, the observation deck has recently been remodeled and reopened to the public for the first time in nearly three decades. As a part of the renovation process, persons with disabilities now also have access to this monumental view.

Austin, Texas – Allen’s Boots (HDR)

If you are in Texas, a must stop is a boot shop!  In Austin we have quite a few.  Downtown off Congress Ave you can find the wonderful Allen’s Boots.  Not only boots, but western wear as well (cowboy hats, shirts, belts).  Not sure, but maybe you can find a lasso???  It is great to see all the boot styles and colors.  Most Austin photographers have taken their share of boot photos…this was my first!  Austin is a college town…the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns.  The boots above are perfect for the UT fan!    Hook em Horns!!

On a side note, I had my speech last nite at the Austin SMUG Meeting. I’d like to thank Jason St. Peter (Blog: 50% Chance of Rain)…he runs the meetings…for letting me speak about IR Photography.  I had a wonderful time and it was a great pleasure to meet all the fantastic people that attended last nite!  We had a great turnout.  It was my first photography speech ever and I loved it!  Thanks again everyone!  Hope you are all IR experts!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 44.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza
  • Austin, TX – UT Stadium (HDR)

    Its July and College Football season is almost here!  This shot is from December and in the background you can see the UT (University of Texas Stadium).   My buddy Jim Nix (Nomadic Pursuits) and I were shooting around campus this day and we found this great spot!  Luckily the river was at a low point, so we were able to grab a bunch of shots.   I am heading up the Scott Kelby Austin Photo Walk this year on July 24th.  If all goes well, I will gladly do it again next year. Plans are to shoot the UT Campus for the Photo Walk on 2011!!   Hook Em Horns!!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable Release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
  • Austin, TX – UT Campus – Under the Bridge

    While shooting back in December at the UT campus with my good buddy Jim Nix…we found this great little old looking bridge right near the University of Texas football stadium!   As the water level was low…a perfect time to grab a shot underneath!   We are lucky to live in Austin for now.  We are trying to find more local places 2 explore….Austin sure has bunches!  My list keeps growing and growing!!   They have a saying here…Keep Austin Weird.  I’d rather say…Keep Austin Photogenic!  LOL  Enjoy!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 14.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/22.0
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    Austin, TX – The West (HDR)

    OK..I do enjoy a good laugh…so here is your chance!  So I ask..how do you like these balls? (Go ahead post your comments below…let the fun fly!)

    If you visit the UT campus in Austin, there are many sights to see!  Here is an odd one….rusty spheres with pennies glued on them!   Art, yes.  Strange…indeed!  I have read they are on loan from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and were once exhibited at the White house.

    Here is some info from the web:   These 28 mid- to late-twentieth-century sculptures are on long-term loan fromThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The first group was installed in September 2008 and the second in January 2009 as part of the university’s public art program called Landmarks.  Landmarks, which was launched in 2008, is the first program in the university’s history to develop a collection of public art from a curatorial perspective. Its projects beautify the campus and engage visitors and the university community with art of the highest quality.  “This important loan of sculptures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art will enrich our campus,” said William Powers Jr., current president of The University of Texas at Austin, in 2008, when the plan was announced. “It will demonstrate the value we place on art and creativity as manifestations of the human spirit. We are extremely pleased to bring this superb collection to our university and our community.”

    About the art:  The West, 1987 by Donald Lipski

    Because Lipski uses found objects not merely for their visual attributes but more importantly for the associations that viewers might make in response to them, his sculptures invite speculation. The West consists of two spherical buoys, each measuring five feet in diameter. Such buoys can mark deepwater shipping channels and are often used to indicate where large commercial and military ships may anchor offshore. Their normal place is floating on open bodies of water. Now situated indoors on dry land, the buoys are no longer functional, like fish out of water. Instead of providing secure anchorage to ships, the two buoys are shackled uselessly to each other.

    To the blank surfaces of the metal buoys Lipski glued brand-new pennies. But the artist deliberately corroded them, perhaps an allusion to how quickly things become outdated. By incorporating actual money into this sculpture, Lipski invites us to speculate on possible meanings. Pennies are the smallest denomination of American currency and therefore may be considered the foundation of our affluence, even though we tend to ignore pennies as being of no importance.

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 10.5 Fisheye f/2.8
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 10.5.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/11
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza

    Austin, Texas – Littlefield Fountain (HDR-Infrared)

    Austin definitely has some wonderful photo locations.  University of Austin is one of the best.  Here is the Littlefield Fountain shot as an HDR-IR.  IR photos are sweet…add in HDR and sometimes a cool shot arrives!!  Here is some info from the web:   Littlefield Fountain is a monument by Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini, located on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. The fountain was built with money from a $250,000 trust established by Major George W. Littlefield as a World War I memorial. It was unveiled in 1933, at a time when the Old Main Building was still in use.  

    Hook em Horns!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D70S (Converted to Infrared)
    • Infrared Conversion:  D70S modified by LifePixel
    • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 26.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:   HDR 3 Exposures (+1 to -1)
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza

    Austin, Texas – Cascading Creek (HDR)

    Winter in Texas is not too bad.  We do have our few cold days, but most of the time the weather is pretty decent.  I have a bunch of pics from the day we visited to UT Campus during our winter season.  We stumbled upon this wonderful sight near the UT Football stadium.  There is this small beautiful cascading creek, a cool old bridge, and the football stadium is right above the greenery at the top of this photo.  A cool spot indeed!  I’d like to go back in the spring as well!  Maybe there will be some flowers near the water?  The Texas spring flowers are the best in the country…so only another few weeks to go until spring for us!   Rivers in motion with rocks are a great combo for HDR!   If you have a flowing river near you…go out and shoot it at f/22!  Your pics will look fantastic!!

    Talek Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 22.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Color Efex Pro