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.
While driving home from work on Friday, the clouds were forming the makings of what looked to be a great sunset. I quickly got home, grabbed my camera, didn’t even change and drove back down to the 31st Street Bridge to shoot the sunset. I wanted a different perspective of the city and I really wanted to get some longer exposures of the river. When I was parking the car, the sky completely cleared up with no traces of clouds. I was really bummed out. By the time walked out to the middle of the bridge, the clouds started to form again. I was treated to a perfect sunset!
Here’s another photo from my most recent photo walk with my Dad and Brook Ward. This is a tricky bridge to photograph at night. It’s easy for the lights on the bridge to get blown out and the yellowish, red lights that are used on the bridge cause the entire scene to be red. I managed to tone it back with color correction options in Photoshop, but I’m not entirely pleased with the end result. Not many new photos for me to share. I’m completely sick of winter and really don’t have much motivation to weather the cold.
This was taken on a recent photo walk with my Dad and Brook Ward on a very cold evening a few weeks ago. Pittsburgh has many overpasses and underpasses because of the many bridges. The overpass above is the beginning of the Fort Duquesne Bridge. The bridge is interesting because its double layered; meaning, the top four lanes of the bridge lead away from the city while the four lanes underneath lead into the city. Everyone driving in the right lane, needs to merge to the left lane and vice versa. One can always tell which drivers are not from Pittsburgh or that don’t drive in the city very often… It can cause massive backups.
I really need to start going through my archives and posting some of my older images. I don’t normally do it. In fact, I wasn’t for tonight’s post, but it’s so cold in Pittsburgh, I needed a tropical photo to warm me up! This was taken from our trip to Punta Cana in 2012. Jacquie and I got up extra early for sunrise on our last two days in the Dominican. It was definitely worth getting up for! Tap on the image to view large, the water has a lot of sharp detail in it that will warm you up if you’re living somewhere cold like me!