Last week, I went on a photo walk around the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh with Brook Ward and my Dad. Oakland is probably one of my favorite regions in Pittsburgh. Since last week was the first week of school for the University of Pittsburgh, everyone was outside enjoying the perfect weather. I saw tight rope walkers, parties on the university’s lawn, Frisbee throwers, cornhole and more.
While on vacation, I don’t normally bring my camera out to the beach during the day. It’s just one of those things I don’t want to be concerned over. It gets super hot out, sand is everywhere, and people walking all around, my camera is one less thing to worry about. I am usually too hot anyway and end up spending 95% of my time in the water. The day I took this photo, these interesting cloud formations came rolling in and I figured it would make some cool images.
Here is one of the hallways at the abandoned Larimer Elementary School. I visited this back in March with my Dad, Brook Ward and Jay Cassidy. This place was one of the coolest abandoned places that I have ever been to. It had so much many rooms and hallways to explore. All of the hallways and classrooms had enough light to allow for auto bracketing on the camera (a feature necessary for HDR). Sometimes, when I visit abandoned places, it is so dark, I am only able to get one exposure.
To be quite honest, I didn’t know anything about the Supermoon over the weekend. Our neighborhood church has a summer end festival every year including fireworks on Sunday night. Since we are just two blocks away, we sat on our back deck to watch them. When I saw the moon, I knew that I had to get my camera! The sky was so clear that I had plenty of time to experiment. This is first attempt and there isn’t much going on in the image, but I wanted to share my results. It’s also the first time that I had a powerful enough telephoto lens to shoot it.
I took this after work while waiting for Brook Ward in downtown, Pittsburgh a couple of weeks back. It’s a perspective that I have seen a few times before and wanted to give it a go myself. I used my 50mm prime lens to get a compression feel to the photo. I waited until a bus was stopped at the light to snap away.
When I woke up Monday morning, I looked outside to see everything covered in a dense fog. So I grabbed my camera and stopped down at the North Shore on my way into work for a few quick photos. I’ve always wanted to get a shot of Pittsburgh covered in fog, but it doesn’t cover the city too often so I jumped on the opportunity. Luckily, the fog stuck around for most of the morning allowing me to snap a few shots before work.