Llanos De Cortez Waterfall

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Our family visited the Llanos De Cortez waterfall on a tour we did with the company called “Alex on the Beach”. At 66 feet in height, this waterfall looks much taller than it appears in the image. I was able to blur out the people swimming in the pool so it’s difficult to get a perspective of its size from this angle. It was nice because the waterfall was hidden and off the beaten path so not many people were in the way and it made it easy to get some great photos. After snapping off some brackets, I was able to join my family for a refreshing swim in the water. Definitely a highlight from our trip!

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El Jobo Bay

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My wife and I just returned back from our second trip to Costa Rica. This time around, my family tagged along with us. We stayed at a newly opened resort in the Northern most part of Costa Rica called El Jobo Bay. The resort was about two hours from any type of real civilization with a single dirt road leading in. It was really amazing being so remote. The morning this was taken, my Dad and I decided to be adventurous and find a way to hike up the mountain that surrounded the resort area. It was quite an easy hike, really. Once we got to the top of a treacherous hill, we were treated with some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen.

Please check back for more images from my awesome trip back to Costa Rica! I have so much more to share!

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Old Pittsburgh

I did something a little bit different with this image. The photo was taken back in August of last year on a foggy morning on my way into work. I wanted to process a gritty black & white photo but I couldn’t find anything in my archives that would work better than a foggy morning in Pittsburgh. So I manually blended the exposures in Photoshop and used Nik Color Efex Pro to produce a film grain on the image, giving it that old-time film camera look. I’ve also been experimenting with different ways to process black & white images in Photoshop other than using plug-ins. I really like the way this turned out and would like to do more of this sort of thing!

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Golden Hour

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I was recently in the mood to revisit a few photos that I never got around to editing from our Honeymoon in Costa Rica two years ago. I found this image that was taken from our balcony on the third floor of the Riu Palace in the Guanacaste region moments after a brief storm rolled in during the afternoon. I cannot wait to get back to Costa Rica in less than two weeks! I hope to come home with twice as many images than last time!

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Pathway Of Seasons

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So here I have something truly different and really awesome to share! I had a friend ask me last summer to snap the Cathedral of Learning, every season, from the same location. Almost a year later, I have finally completed the project and now get to share it! It came out way better than I had anticipated. The project was especially difficult due to construction around the Cathedral for most of the year. I had to find a location, with a foreground, that would hide the construction. Luckily, I came up with this one. The construction is still visible in some, but hardly noticeable.

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Bank Tower

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I just couldn’t resist making my way down to this building after work last week while I had my camera on me. I saw many Instagram users post the spiral staircase of the Bank Tower Building over the last few weeks and figured I might as well try it. These stairs actually caught my eye back in college while at Point Park University. I use to walk by this building every day and peek glimpses of the stairwell from the street. I just never got around to walking inside.

It was kind of weird being in there though. I walked right in the front door, took the elevator up to the top floor and shot away for over an hour without coming into contact with a single person. I loved it!

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