Vienna, Austria – Mime (Infrared)

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I was lucky to have a weekend in Vienna, Austria on this trip and spent the day walking around and taking photos. I went out with my Infrared camera ready to capture some memories. I saw this mime dressed as Beethoven or an old school Venetian? He was entertaining and took pictures with many people. Not sure if he made much money…but when you come across moments like this…it makes your trip memorable! Thanks mime guy!

I am fading fast from using NIK software…especially for B&W shots. I now prefer “Perfect B&W” by onOne software. So many options! I used it for creating the shot above.
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Vienna, Austria – Schonbrunn Palace (HDR) – onOne Software Sale!

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From the lovely city of Vienna, Austria you can find the Schonbrunn Palace. Some info from the web: Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence in modern Vienna, Austria. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs

This photo was processed using the new onOne Software Perfect B&W. With the recent Google/Nik issues…I decided to try onOne’s Perfect B&W. Wonderful! I must say…better than NIK Silver Efex Pro. More filters and tons of options!! I think Perfect B&W is now my first choice!
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Vienna, Austria – St. Stephens Cathedral (HDR)

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From the beautiful Vienna, Austria…one of the largest churches is St. Stephens. I walked into the church this day with my camera ready and set to bracket my HDR. I was able to grab these 7 brackets, then the tripod police nabbed me! At least I was able to capture this shot above!

Peter Talke Photography Settings:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Apeture Mode
Focal Length: 16.0mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/11
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS6, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro

Vienna, Austria – Denkmal der Roten Armee (Infrared)


Vienna is amazing!! Your can easily spend a day walking around the Ringstrasse and taking tons of pics!! SO many great sights to see. It is one of my favorite European cities. A must visit if you can!

Sorry it has been slow recently…it will be for another 2 weeks. We bought a house in SoCal and its a fixer upper. We have lots of work to do before we move in. Hope to be in the house in 2 weeks. Then everything will be back to normal! =) Enjoy!

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! =)