Last winter in Pittsburgh was unbearable. We had countless days where temperatures were in the single digits or at zero. Because of that, I didn’t make out much to take photos during winter last year. However, I did hull my camera into the city on my way into work two times last January. It was so awful down by the river, I could only be out there for about ten minutes before my hands and feet got too cold. On the bright side, it was really awesome seeing the river completely still from being frozen over.
So here we have my very first (somewhat successful) attempt at the miserable process most photographers call Digital Blending. Instead of running the image through an HDR program, the different exposures are hand blended in Adobe Photoshop using luminosity masks. This is something that I am forcing myself to learn since the outcome is much cleaner. While I understand the fundamentals, applying this is a whole other ball game. I went through my old photos to find a deep contrast between the sky and land to start easy and came across Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano, the not-so-dormant volcano is in fact, very active. It has been a really long time since I have edited or shared a photo from my incredible Costa Rica honeymoon two years ago. Plus, I’ve been thinking a lot about Costa Rica since we are going back in June! Take a look at more of my photos from Costa Rica by clicking the category below the title.
I have to say, Mike “Theaterwiz” Criswell got me wanting to post this image. I saw that he posted a similar photo of a different piano from the Larimer Elementary School on our adventure back in November and I wanted to share mine. I was going to upload something warm, inviting, and tropical but instead I’ll share something creepy.
This an interesting room because it had about 15 to 20 decaying pianos just thrown throughout the room. I would love to have one of these pianos in my house and it is such a shame that none of them will ever be salvageable because of the decaying wood, not to mention whatever might be living inside of them.
I have lived about three blocks from King Estate for over two years now. Only today did I actually take a ride over to snap a few images of the mansion. King Estate is fairly famous in Pittsburgh and I know fairly recently it was on the market for a cool two million. I can’t say whether the property sold or not but if you are looking for a new crib, this might be the place for you!
This is the auditorium of the abandoned Larimer Elementary School. I explored it for a second time back in November with Mike “Theaterwiz” Criswell. The auditorium was probably one of the coolest abandoned places I have ever been in. During my first trip to the school, I didn’t take many pictures of this room. I made it a point to take much more on my second go around since it was so neat looking.
Successfully taking a photo of the Alcoa building on the North Shore has always been on my list. I could never come up with a way to actually capture it. Since the building sits much higher than the pedestrian walkway by the river, the camera is always facing upward. When using a wide-angle lens pointed upward, it causes everything to slant inward, making it look funny. While shooting with Brook Ward and my Dad, Brook had the idea to walk up to the 9th Street Bridge to shoot it, giving us a higher vantage point. I had never thought of that, leading me to finally check a scene off my mental list!