Steel Town

About two weeks ago, I had posted a panorama from this exact spot. Even though the image turned out great, I was a little bummed that I couldn’t create an HDR to get the full range of light. I took this photo the same morning with my 35mm lens to zoom up on the city a bit more. This scene was manually blended in Photoshop, taking full advantage of the range of light. Can you tell a difference between the non-HDR and HDR? I am really pleased with how this turned out. It was my first time shooting from the West End Bridge and I really liked the vantage point. I definitely will stop back for more!

Steel Town

Sparks Flying

Last week, I met up with my Dad, Brook Ward and Blair Ward to experiment with Steel Wool Photography at the abandoned Miles Bryan High School. The process involves breaking apart fine steel wool into a whisk, lighting it and spinning on a chain. The results can be very interesting! My intent was to blend multiple exposures to reveal the hallway but the steel wool lit everything up so there was no need. Stay tuned for more of this style!

Sparks Flying

West End Sunrise Panorama

I met up with some fellow Pittsburgh photogs very early this morning for sunrise on the West End Bridge. I wanted to try something a little bit different here by shooting a panorama. This isn’t a traditional panorama in the sense that it’s multiple images across; it’s actually four images tiled to create a bigger canvas. This photo is huge! Believe it or not, this isn’t an HDR or digitally blended photo. I tried, but Photoshop wasn’t aligning the different exposures. Luckily, I was (mostly) able to make it work with a single exposure. For as clear as this weekend has been, we lucked out with a pretty decent sunrise.

Click or tap the image to fill your screen. There’s lots of detail in here!

West End Sunrise

The Daily Grind

I’ve talked about this before, but I really love taking landscape photos with my telephoto lens. It’s something that I am forcing myself to do more often now. It creates this sort of compression feel that you don’t get with wide-angle lenses. I remember years ago, another photographer talking about this same thing and I didn’t really understand what he meant until I started taking them myself. If I think about it, maybe I’ll post a comparison of the wide-angle shot to the zoom. I’m not saying it works in all situations, but when it does, the subject can really pop.

Anyway, this is the Highland Park Bridge from the Fox Chapel side of the Allegheny River during rush hour during those warm days in March. Light trails are a blast to shoot. I usually take about 3-5 different exposures of the light trails and combine them in Photoshop. It’s a neat little trick to get more in the shot!

The Daily Grind

Descending Into Darkness

I met up with a few other Pittsburgh Photographers last week to shoot the abandoned Miles Bryan High School in McKees Rocks. It was a pretty awesome abandoned building and most definitely will be back for more. Actually, we are planning a second trip back next week or so to do a much different style photography that I’ve been wanting to test out; more on that later though! Unfortunately, our time was cut short due to the police showing up. It was quite funny actually. When we discovered the police were out waiting for us, we all stopped shooting immediately and rushed outside. All five of us strolled out of the building from the same entrance with our camera gear in toe to three squad cars and 4 police officers. I honestly don’t think they were expecting us to just pop out as we did. Anyway, they were super cool and just wanted to know what we were up to. Better yet, they didn’t even tell us to leave!

Descending Into Darkness

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