I wanted to make use of the unseasonably warm weather Pittsburgh has been experiencing this past week so I got in touch with Brook Ward and my Dad to see if they wanted to meet up for a photo session after work. We fortunately picked the warmest day of the week and my Dad and I met Brook and his son Blair along this really cool photography spot above the highway. It was 65 degrees and no wind… Perfect photography weather! Looking back at my images from that night, I definitely want to go back and grab a few different angles. This was probably one of my favorites spots in the city!
I had the idea for this PoV for a few months now. I see this each time I drive through the parking garage on my way to and from the gym in East Liberty. I just never have my camera on me to take it. I brought my camera and my giant 70-200mm lens to work with me yesterday in order to capture this scene during sunset. It was really interesting to watch this sunset because from our point of view the clouds looked much different to our eyes. With the zoom lens, only a portion of the sunset was visible making it very isolated. I don’t carry my zoom lens that often, but when I do, it’s amazing the type of landscapes you can achieve. It’s like an entirely different PoV compared to a wide-angle.
I’ve been taking photos now for about 7 years now. Believe me when I say this but I have never taken a photo from the Duquesne Incline Overlook with the incline coming up the hillside. Today was about 65 degrees in late January and I wanted to change that! This is my favorite kind of weather. My wife and I went over our good friends house just on the other side of Mount Washington so I decided to bring my camera along. Since it was so nice out, we stopped up on Mount Washington for a few photos on our way back home. She didn’t even mind because it was so nice out! I wasn’t expecting the light and clouds to be as nice as they were. It was just an all around great day!
While the sunset was sort of a bummer on Sunday night, I thought it would be a good time to get a bit creative and shoot a four shot, panorama of the city. This is my largest panorama yet! I made this by placing my camera in the vertical position, allowing for more pixels, which I have never done. I think it turned out pretty well. When I shoot panoramas, I have to select a white balance setting to keep it consistent between images, where normally I shoot in auto white balance (which does a very good job). I always end up choosing the wrong one and in this specific photo I had blue tones. It needed a lot of corrections in Photoshop.
I came to the realization today that I haven’t been out taking pictures in quite some time. Actually, I haven’t even been downtown since I started my new job at the end of November. Quite embarrassing, I know. I needed to change that so I decided to take a quick drive downtown to get a sunset and the icy river. It’s not a big deal since I live only 7 minutes from the city. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a good sunset. The light however, was great.
I’ve been down on the North Shore taking photos a number of times and have never run into other photographers. About five other photographers had the same idea as me. It was great to see others taking photos as well!
I took this back in September on a cold, miserable and rainy Saturday morning with fellow Pittsburgh photog JP Diroll. We met up because the outbound lanes of the Fort Pitt Tunnel were closed due to construction and thought it would be a good opportunity to get some different shots. It was a challenge due to the wind and rain, but I think the two of us came home with some pretty awesome images. I was standing in the middle of the four lanes for this shot and all traffic was directed to Station Square down below. Since a bunch of cars were consistently traveling through, I was able to capture a good deal of light trails.