No Shortage

One thing that there are no shortage of in Pittsburgh are bridges. If you enjoy photography and like to shoot architecture, then the bridges make for great subjects. In Pittsburgh alone there are 446 bridges. We are definitely the “City of Bridges”. I can spend days downtown just picking different bridges to shoot and never really run out of subjects.

 

Today’s photo is of the Fort Duquesne bridge which connects downtown to the north shore near the Pittsburgh Steelers home, Heinz Field. It crosses the Allegheny River and is a two tiered bridge that allows incoming traffic on the bottom deck and outbound on the top. It also has a pedestrian walkway which allows for some nice views of the Point and the confluence of the Three Rivers. I have sat on this bridge many times waiting to get to football games and concerts at the stadium. This shot was taken on the downtown side near Point State Park late last summer. The sun was beginning to set and cast a nice light on the entire bridge bringing out the “Pittsburgh Gold” that so many of our bridges are painted.

 

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Up river you can see PNC Park and the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

I will try to become more active again on my blog here and hope to get out some to shoot some new images very soon. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Have a Seat

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting and going out shooting with Mike Criswell. He had contacted me and wanted to go shoot around Pittsburgh a while back and we finally got to do it. It was really a good time and I look forward to shooting with him again! If you’re not familiar with Mike’s work, check out his website at Michael “Theaterwiz” Criswell Photography, he does amazing work!

 

Today’s photo was taken as the sun was starting to come up from the North Shore of Pittsburgh. Mike and I had met at about 5am and worked our way from downtown to the North Shore. The colors as the sun rose really looked promising for an amazing sunrise and it was lighting up the Andy Warhol bridge and everything in a beautiful glowing red. We had been in this spot since dark and were shooting from different places when I decided that this bench was a terrific spot to “Have a Seat” and view the colors appearing before us. This was a 5 shot bracket that I edited in Photomatix and then in Nik Color Efex. We stuck around for a while before moving on.

 

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Lots more shots of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh up in Oakland coming from my adventure shooting with Theaterwiz! Thanks for stopping and thanks again to Mike for a great time!

 

You’re in Steelers Country

A quick post and photo for this Friday! I want to thanks all the folks who have been visiting and liking my work! I really appreciate it!

 

Today’s photo is along the North Shore River Walk of a boat all decked out before the Steelers first preseason game this year. I figured this would be fitting for the first “Official” weekend of NFL and Steelers football!

 

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I hope everyone has a great weekend! GO STEELERS!!

 

Under the Fort Pitt Bridge

I know I previously posted a shot from under the Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh, but I do not think I ever shared this one. This shot was taken underneath the Fort Pitt Bridge on the south side of town near Station Square. If you have ever flown into Pittsburgh and then driven to the city, you more than likely went through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and then across this bridge.

 

The light was definitely not optimal for this shot. I wasn’t planning on being at this location that day and it was after noon when we got here. I wanted a nice HDR shot of it but the sun was just blasting down on me from almost directly above and so a color version of this shot was definitely not going to work.

 

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I decided to still try the bracketed HDR shot but after running it through Photomatix I just couldn’t come up with a color version I was happy with. I wound up instead processing with Nik Silver Efex Pro and was really happy with the results. This is a spot I do want to shoot again at sunrise and sunset. Maybe a blue hour shot from here! Regardless, I hadn’t planned on this photo at all that day, so I am pleased it worked out. I will share another when I get down there on a “planned” day though.

 

Thanks for visiting today! The weekends almost here!

 

Into the Forest

I cannot seem to get out of this dark “black and white” mood I have been in for so long. It has definitely affected how I have been shooting and processing lately. I don’t feel bad, I’m just feeling “black and white” is all. I have shared a few HDR color shots recently, but when I was working on them, it just did not feel right to me at the time. Black and white is what I’m “feeling” right now and I’m just going to go with the flow.

 

Today’s shot is of a bridge that leads over a small creek on a path through the woods around my favorite local lake. The sun was starting to go down as we approached this bridge and it was pretty great to see the light sneak through the tree canopy and brighten up the center of the little bridge. I instantly dropped to my knees and just started shooting. Luckily it had rained recently and it was mud and not hard ground I dropped into or my knees would still be angry with me! My wife, who was following me, thought I had fallen until she saw I was shooting. She wasn’t exactly happy I had just gotten all muddy, but hey, I’m a boy, we get dirty!

 

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This was originally a 3 shot hand held HDR but I found no matter what I did processing it, it was too green. I then ran it through Nik Silver Efex and after several variations I came up with this.

I hope everyone is having a great week! Thanks for stopping by and for all the comments, RT’s, Likes, and +1’s.

 

Burgh Blue Hour

Since it is raining today, my plans to go shoot around the University of Pittsburgh have been scrubbed. I will have to reschedule. Sitting here at the computer and looking at lots of folks wonderful photos being shared out there, I figured I would share one that I took this past Friday evening from the West End Overlook.

This photo is of the Pittsburgh Skyline. The center of it is the confluence known as “The Point” or “Three Rivers”. The point is Point State Park where the fountain marks the merging of the Allegheny River on the left and the Monongahela River on the right form the start of the Ohio River which runs to the Mississippi River. The tallest building on the left with UPMC on it is still known by most people as the “Steel Building” as it was from the time it was built. The other most photographed building is the one with the spikes which is the PPG building. There are so many different angles to get the skyline from. This skyline will forever be changed in the next couple years as the latest skyscraper is currently being built which will be The Tower at PNC Plaza.

I had made up my mind that I would do some HDR shots but instead of my usual wide angle images I would strictly use my 70-300mm zoom. I waited for “Blue Hour” and then started my bracketing. I got several that I am really happy with, some with nice light streaks of the Gateway Clipper boats out on the rivers, but I am going to save those for another time. Here is one I am especially happy with.

 

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I hope everyone had a terrific holiday weekend! Thanks for stopping!

 

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Golden Triangle

Another shot from my trip downtown to Pittsburgh last week. Blue hour was awesome and it was truly the “Golden Triangle” that lit up below me. I just cannot seem to get enough of the Pittsburgh Skyline. In this image, you can see the Allegheny River connecting with the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River at Point State Park. The fountain working again, finally!

We don’t call this the “City of Bridges” for nothing. The bridge on the right side of the photo is the Fort Pitt Bridge over the Mon River. The bridge straight up the middle is the Fort Duquense bridge over the Allegheny River. The three bridges above this are known as the Three Sisters Bridges made up of the Roberto Clemente Bridge, Andy Warhol Bridge, and the Rachel Carson Bridge.

All the boats tied up on the North Shore on the left side of the Allegheny River were for the Kenny Chesney concert that was being held the day after this shot at Heinz Field.

Stay tuned for some different viewpoints of the city coming soon! I hope everyone has a terrific weekend!

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Take care!

 

 

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Point State Park

Well it sure has been a while since I have posted anything new. This evening, my wife and daughter took me up to Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh so I could get some “Blue Hour” shots of the city and the fountain at Point State Park. The fountain has been out of commision for several years due to damage from flooding of the point. The repairs and renovations are pretty nice. I have to get down to the park itself to get some more shots, but I’m happy we got out tonight.

 

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More to come from tonight’s shooting! Thanks for stopping! I hope everyone is having a great summer!

 

 

Moon over Warhol B&W

Shot over a year ago on a solo photo walk around downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore, I got this wonderful photo of the full moon coming out from behind the clouds as I was working my way back towards downtown. I was pretty beat and tired. I had walked several miles at this point and was really just looking to get back across the Clemente bridge and to the subway to go home when this occurred. This is a shot of the Andy Warhol bridge in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

 

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I had originally shot this in color and bracketed for an HDR image, but I was not thrilled with the result. I did a post last year under bridges that contains the HDR color shot. This one though, I took a single exposure and ran it through Silver Efex and am much happier with the results.

 

Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by!