As I mentioned in my previous post, I got up for sunrise last Sunday morning and was treated to a beautiful display of light. It wasn’t the sunrise I was hoping for, but I wasn’t disappointed either. This was my first time at Point of View Park and not only did I not know this view existed, I think this is my new favorite view of the city. It’s only a couple hundred feet down from the Duquesne Incline Overlook but it offers a much different perspective.
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I’m not the type of person that defines myself as “a morning person” or “not a morning person.” I’m not one to jump up and down at the prospect of waking before the sun rises, but it doesn’t bother me either. Over the last month and a half as a new father, I have discovered that I can function surprisingly very well on little sleep. When I make the decision to wake early for sunrise, I do however, get excited at the idea of bringing home great imagery.
There is something magical about being out-and-about before dawn. Even in a bustling downtown city, all is quiet and peaceful in the morning. When I arrived at Point of View Park on Mount Washington Sunday morning, I was the only person there. Barely any cars made their way down Grandview Avenue and all was quiet and still. As the sun started to peak through the hillside, slowly others started making their way to the overlook; but not many. Even as the sun started filling the surrounding rivers with a warm glow, the peacefulness never went away. Being outside, photographing the sunrise is becoming my favorite thing to do. I encourage anyone to make the difficult morning journey to Mount Washington and observe a sunrise at least once. I promise, you will not leave disappointed. If it’s not your thing, leave me to the early morning wake up calls while you sit back and enjoy my imagery from the comfort of your home.
My Dad and I met up on Sunday evening for a quick sunset shoot on the 31st Street Bridge. The light was soft and nice, leaving a great yellow/red glow along the buildings. As we were walking towards a good spot on the bridge to shoot from, we spotted this barge slowly making its way up the river. We picked up our pace and quickly set up for the shot.
I’m a bit annoyed about this particular image… Well, I like the image but it wasn’t the exact scene I had in mind. I shot 4 or 5 different panoramas to capture the entire fountain and surrounding bridges and unfortunately, I was unable to stitch them properly in Photoshop. I tried a variety of different methods to get it to line up and couldn’t; so I scrapped them. This is the non-panorama version. The sky and reflection was pleasant enough, but I would have liked to have included more in the scene. Maybe next time I will be successful.
I downloaded this photography app on my iPhone called the Photographer’s Ephemeris and it’s supposed to predict colorful sunrises and sunsets. So far, it’s been wrong 100% of the time! I was out to dinner with Jacquie and Grace and checked the sunrise for Saturday morning and it was looking promising. I checked it periodically through the night as I woke to change and feed Grace and the app was continually indicating a promising sunrise. So on Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m I packed up my gear and headed downtown to find completely clear skies, free of all clouds!
I wasn’t all that pleased with the images or sunrise so I didn’t stick around long. As I was driving up the hill to my street, I saw the sun cresting over the hillside with the river below. It was a perfect opportunity to stop, but feeling defeated, I continued driving home. When I arrived at the first intersection, I had a change of heart and did a u-turn and went back. I am so glad I decided to stop!
Jacquie and I took Grace on her first outing to Phipps Conservatory on Friday. We couldn’t wait to take her there since we love Phipps so much; even though she is a newborn and had no clue (not to mention slept through the whole thing). It’s been a month since I have taken any photos so I threw my camera in the trunk in hopes of a decent sunset photo on our way out. I was hoping for the sun to be cresting over the building but we were a bit too late. I am still happy with what I was able to capture though!