I want to start a new ongoing photography project that is very different from what I normally shoot. My goal is for these photographs to have a “cinematic” feel to them… And no HDR. Now, this is something extremely new to me and is something that I hope to get better at and evolve my photograph style. I have always been impressed with street photography but never got around to actually doing it. When I came across this cinematic-styled photography, I was immediately drawn to it. So imagine pressing pause on your blu-ray player at home and images that you see are paused movie scenes. That is the look that I hope to be achieving.
I had the opportunity meet up with fellow HDR photographer Mike “Theaterwiz” Criswell to do a bit of urbexing in Pittsburgh on Saturday. If you get the chance, click the link above to check out some of Mike’s work. He does some awesome HDR. It was really nice to finally meet and go out and shoot with him after a few years of chatting online and seeing each other’s work. Mike drove in from Ohio for one sole purpose, Urbex Photography. We hit up a few different abandoned locations in the area, including the image below, the St. Peter and St. Paul Church just a few minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Check back for more photos from our great photo walk through these abandoned places.
This was taken on a quick, spur-of-the-moment day trip to McConnells Mill State Park back in September. I hiked back to Hells Hollow Falls with all of my gear which is about a mile back from the start of the trail. It was perfect since not many people were on the trail or around the falls. I was free to roam the waterfall without anyone getting in the shots.
This image was taken a few weeks back on a photo walk with my Dad and friend Brook Ward. We met up after work like we usually do for a few hours of photography. It was an unusually warm evening for this time of year and the weather could not have been better. We had an excellent blue hour and came up with some new perspectives of Pittsburgh.
Switching gears from the last few images I have shared, I want to post something to go along with the spirit of the season. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to much urbexing lately. This was taken at the very cool Larimer Elementary School way back in March on an adventure with my Dad, Brook Ward and fellow urbex photographer, Jay Cassidy. I have posted an image similar to this one from another abandoned location. If you’re feeling adventurous, click ‘urbex’ just below the title to see other creepy, abandoned images.
I met up with my dad and Brook Ward last week for a little photo walk after work. Any time we meet up, it’s always a big discussion on where to go take photos. Since we couldn’t decided, we agreed on an old favorite, the North Shore. I wanted to get some different views of the city so we walked down from our usual spot to get these rocks in the foreground. This was taken using my 9 stop neutral density filter to get the streaks in the clouds and the smooth, milky water. I’ve had the filter for about a year now, and I am just learning how to properly use it. I think it is really making a difference in my images!