Our resort in Costa Rica was one of the most spectacular places I have ever been to. The resort grounds were nestled between two mountainous jungles in the middle of nowhere, looking out onto a secluded bay. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I wanted to get some pictures around the resort but it was difficult to do with people everywhere. Since I never fully adjusted to the two hour time difference, I was up at 6:00 each morning. I made use of the time when virtually no one was out that early and snapped photos of the whole resort. It was perfect!
I met up with my Dad and Brook Ward for a photo walk last week for the first time in what felt like a really long time to get some shots around the city. My schedule has been so busy lately, I really just don’t have the time to go out and shoot like I use to. Hopefully that will change sometime in the near future. I really have a great time just wondering around taking photos of whatever comes up.
This is the former Kaufmann’s Clock in downtown Pittsburgh. I wanted to stop and grab a shot of this since Macy’s is closing its downtown location later this year. I set up for this long exposure right smack in the middle of rush hour and I am almost positive I received some dirty looks of passengers on the sidewalk since I was taking up quite a bit of space with my tripod… Oh well! No HDR here. Just a good ‘ol fashion black & white photo.
While in Costa Rica, we were treated to some pretty great sunsets. This happened to be the best one of the week. I have a few more from this night of the sun dipping towards the horizon and I’ll share those in the near future. I like when beaches have some rocks on them. They make great foregrounds; especially when you get a long exposure. The tide creates a misty look around the rocks. I got to experiment a lot with filters and long exposures on the beach. I just wish sunset lasted longer!
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!
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!
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!