This vantage point of the city is another that has been on my mental list of places to shoot for quite a while now. I finally made it over to this pedestrian bridge above Rt. 279 last Wednesday with my friend Brook Ward. I didn’t think this shot was going to be possible since the bridge is entirely enclosed in chain link fence. Conveniently, a hole was cut out just big enough for our two cameras to poke through. This is combination of about 20, 13 second exposures to get all of the light trails. I may have added a bit too much!
Here is another image taken on the Sixteenth Bridge a few weeks ago while on a photo walk with my Dad and Brook Ward. This was a particularly difficult edit since the yellow lights produced a very reddish tone throughout the image. I had to selectively “cool” the image down tonally in order to bring it to more natural looking colors. This was a really fun bridge to photograph. Having lived in Pittsburgh my whole life, this was my first time ever on the bridge!
For the last few months, I have been unsuccessfully trying to use luminosity masks to manually blend differently exposed images in Photoshop instead of running them through HDR software. It produces a much cleaner, sharper image. This process has been extremely frustrating and difficult. This weekend, a lightbulb may have gone off and I think I somewhat understand the process now. After many tries with other scenes, this is my first very successful attempt at manually blending an image. I’m sure there are loads of problems and flaws, but I don’t care because I am really pleased with the result.
I met up with my Dad and Brook Ward last week for a long overdue photo walk in the Strip District area of Pittsburgh. The Sixteenth Street Bridge has been on my “bucket list” of places to shoot in Pittsburgh for quite a while now. We were treated with a pretty decent sunset as well!
I grabbed my camera a few days ago before heading out the door for work hoping for some foggy conditions. Unfortunately, there was no fog, but I did see a pretty cool looking sunrise with a bit of haze. This was taken at the very end of our street looking over the Allegheny River towards the Highland Park Bridge. I like how there are visible light trails from the highway directly above the bridge in the middle of the photo!
Taken a few weeks ago on the 31st Street Bridge just before the weather started breaking here in Pittsburgh. I think this was right after the rivers started thawing from the cold. I am definitely ready for it to get warmer out. I really don’t enjoy being cold while taking photos. Operating a camera with gloves on is not an easy task for me and as soon as I take them off, my hands are instantly cold. I wasn’t properly dressed for taking pictures this evening either. I noticed the sky looked as if it were going to be a promising sunset so I grabbed my camera and quickly drove back down to snap a few pictures. I lasted much longer than I thought, but this was the last of the day.
In an effort to find new perspectives of the city, this is one that I have had on my radar since the completion of the Route 28 project. I go under the 31st Street Bridge everyday; to and from work and I thought it might be a cool vantage point for light trails. This is a blend of about 6 different exposures for the light trails at varying shutter speeds. I had my remote along with a 9 stop neutral density filter and kept the shutter open for as long as I felt necessary. The filter allowed me to capture the sunset, along with the light trails. I wanted more light trails after the sun went down, but I wasn’t properly dressed and the weather was far too cold.