I met up with Brook and Blair Ward on Saturday evening at the Duquesne incline in hopes to photograph the Super Moon rising above the city. It was a beautifully warm evening and the overlook was fairly crowded but the three of us managed to secure a corner section out of the way. As the sun began to set, it started to get more and more cloudy so we abandoned any hopes of seeing the moon. But after some time, the moon suddenly made an appearance just beside the BNY Mellon building. It was perfect! I am fairly certain we made a few people angry with our tripods set up. I was completely in the zone taking pictures and when I turned around, I was greeted with 50 people crowded directly behind me with cameras and mobile phones. Part of me felt bad, the other part of me didn’t care since we were set up there 30 minutes prior!
Looking at this image, it’s hard to believe there is a full blown city beyond the bridge with tall buildings, lights and roads. Fog is one of the neatest things to photograph. It really changes the mood and dynamic of an otherwise, ordinary photograph. I captured this spontaneously last Monday when I looked out of the window and saw everything covered in fog. I quickly dressed and ran out to grab some photos before work. When the city is blanketed in fog like this, it almost gives off an unnatural silence; almost like the city has turned into a ghost town. As I was walking to the river front, I turned a corner and scared the poop out of a woman sitting, taking in the morning air. I felt so bad!
For me, fog and the month of October go hand-in-hand and there are a few other things I immediately associate with this month. To name a few; pumpkins, Halloween, foliage, and last but not least, beer. When the alarm went off yesterday morning, I took a peek outside and saw everything covered in fog so I quickly dressed and ran out to grab a few quick shots before work. I thought of heading up to Mount Washington, but the fog didn’t appear to be low-lying so I stuck close to the river. Now that I don’t work in town anymore, I didn’t realize that the 7th street bridge and a large portion of the river trail on the North Shore is under construction. I was a bit disappointed at the limited point-of-view, but I made it work!
Over Labor Day weekend, Jacquie and I took Grace to the Zoo. We actually went on Tuesday, my day off work and was a perfect day. I’ve never been to the zoo with so few people and we really got to enjoy it. Because of the lack of crowd, it was far less stressful with a baby and stroller. I’ve been to the zoo numerous times with my camera, but I was never able to photograph the lions properly. I was finally able to capture a sharp, closeup photo of these magnificent animals on our most recent visit. As we were walking towards the entrance to leave, we heard the lions roaring and quickly made our way back to the “African Savannah” to witness them. It was quite a site to hear them roar like that in person!
I took advantage of the long Labor Day weekend to try and get out and do a bit of photography. Unfortunately, the Photography Gods weren’t playing along. The clear skies were great for picnics and parties, but bad for photography. To spend time with my family, I took Tuesday off from work and got up for sunrise in hopes that my last day off would have good photography weather. Even though sunrise was a bust, blue hour was great and did not disappoint. This spot is probably my favorite vantage of the city that not many people seem to know about.
It has been quite some time since I have shared a photo from an abandoned location. I took this while exploring some abandoned buildings in the East End of Pittsburgh with Mike “Theaterwiz” Criswell back in November of 2014. We explored 4 different abandoned sites that day and it ended up being a pretty great day for photography. Mike and I walked around this building, looking for a way in with no open windows or side doors. As a last-ditch effort to explore this church, I walked up to the front door and discovered that it opened with ease, hence the title. How cool! I think the abandoned buildings in this area are heavily patrolled now since their heightened popularity. I haven’t tried going back, despite it being just 5 minutes from my house.