I just couldn’t resist making my way down to this building after work last week while I had my camera on me. I saw many Instagram users post the spiral staircase of the Bank Tower Building over the last few weeks and figured I might as well try it. These stairs actually caught my eye back in college while at Point Park University. I used to walk by this building every day and peeked a glimpse of the stairwell from the street. I just never got around to walking inside.
It was kind of weird being in there though. I walked right in the front door, took the elevator up to the top floor and shot away for over an hour without coming into contact with a single person. I loved it!
Taken on a photo walk with my Dad and Brook Ward back in March, I wanted to go for a different view of the Sixteenth Street Bridge. We hopped out in the middle of traffic to snap off a few brackets using the leading lines of the bridge. It was tricky to get a full set of brackets with the oncoming traffic since the cars came in groups and didn’t seem interested in moving over or slowing down for us photographers blocking their way.
Another one from my bucket list, my good friend Kevin suggested this spot to me over the winter. I am really glad he recommended this because it turned out much better than I had anticipated. I tried to run this through an HDR program to get a gritty, industrial feel to it. However, it wasn’t turning out the way I had planned. I opted to manually blend this in Photoshop using Luminosity masks for practice and more experience. I am really pleased with the turnout.
I had a blast taking and sharing photos that I took of the Pittsburgh Marathon last year so I thought I would the same again this year! Since much of the city roads are shut down, there aren’t many places for us to go so I walked down to our old street to capture some of the runners on the 21 mile mark of the Marathon. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves instead of me rambling about them! I really hope you enjoy them!
This is a view of the Pittsburgh skyline that you don’t see every day! I was asked by a family friend to take a picture of this particular view of the city from Spring Hill. I didn’t know how well the scene would work out since I’ve never been up there before. I wasn’t getting any great shots from the road because of telephone poles, trees and houses, so I walked around back and found this perfect sitting area complete with a fire pit for a perfect foreground to the city. I definitely might have to take another ride up to Spring Hill to get more of this view!
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!