Here is another image from Allegheny Commons Park last Wednesday. I took the day off from work and headed down before sunrise in hopes to capture the yellow leaves on the trees. Unfortunately, they had already fallen. I tried to make the best of it and get as many different angles that I could before my fingers almost froze. I can’t seem to find good gloves that work well with cameras! My fingers get so cold, so fast. I was also hoping to get a train coming through the scene as well, but no such luck that morning!
I’ve been wanting to capture these trees in Allegheny Commons Park for a couple of years now. What I have learned this year is that there is a very, very small window in which the trees are bright yellow. Unfortunately, I missed it this year. Sunday and Monday were the two days to capture them until they fell. I took a personal day today and headed down before sunrise in hopes the trees would still have the yellow leaves. When I arrived, to my disappointment, 98% of the leaves dropped. I was extremely bummed out, but I ended up getting some really cool shots and forcing myself to use perspectives I normally don’t shoot. Next year, I won’t be making the same mistake and will stop down as soon as I can!
I can’t believe the Holidays are upon us. I am always excited for the Holiday season but this year, I am so excited to spend it with Grace. I am fortunate that Carnegie Mellon gives us a lot of time off work for the Holidays to spend with family and I am looking forward to taking advantage of that. There is just so much for me to be thankful for this year. I hope that everyone in the U.S. (or outside who observes) has a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I’ve never been on Mount Washington during a Steelers football game. It was surreal listening to the booming roars of the fans from the stadium below. My dad and I ventured to the Duquesne Incline Overlook to photograph the “largest super moon since 1948” along with a dozen other photographers eagerly anticipating the event. While taking a break from continuously snapping the moon swiftly rise above the buildings, I turned my attention and camera to the stadium to snap a quick photo of the very alive football venue. Even though the Steelers lost, I still hope you enjoy!
I heard about yesterday’s super moon about a week ago and asked my Dad if he would be up for shooting it on Sunday. He was excited, I was excited, so we left Grace with the girls and headed up to Mount Washington yesterday. I wanted to try a different location, but with a home Steeler game, parking would have been tricky in the city. We joined about 15 other photographers on the Duquesne overlook and waited for the moon to rise. I was taken aback at how large it appeared behind the city. I wish I had a more powerful zoom or tele-extender to get even closer, but I think I captured the essence of scene with what I had.
Happy Halloween, again! I don’t think I have ever posted two photos on the same day, so lucky for you! I’m feeling festive and since I don’t get to do the fun kid stuff like trick or treating, I thought it would be fun to share another eerie photograph.
If you ever wondered why I only post once, maybe twice per week, it’s because with having a full-time career, wife, baby and a house to maintain, it can get sometimes challenging to get out and shoot as often as I would like. So I appreciate each and every visit to my website.
Believe it or not, but this is the West End Overlook where the city should have been in view. I stopped up here a few weeks ago in hopes to get dramatic fog covering the city, but unfortunately, it was completely engulfed. Since I made the trek up to the Overlook, I thought I would at least try a few different perspectives while there.
Happy Halloween! Every year, I always try to share a creepy image to go along with the spirit of Halloween. This year, I decided to do something a bit different. This is Pittsburgh’s famous King Estate in Highland Park. It’s just a few blocks away from my house so I took a quick drive yesterday evening to get a moody October shot for Halloween. I was hoping for more dramatic clouds, but with the time pinch, this will have to suffice! I hope everyone has a fun, safe Halloween!