Three Rivers And A Barge

I had the opportunity on Saturday to meet up with a group of great local photographers whom I’ve come to know personally and/or through Instagram. About 10 of us lined up along the West End Overlook for an early morning sunrise. In total, I believe there were about 15 photographers throughout the morning. I had a great time meeting new people, talking about gear, photography, and past adventures; not to mention, we had an excellent sunrise. It was funny watching this barge move slowly up the Ohio River. When one of us mentioned it was coming, everyone was frantically switching lenses and preparing to capture the barge as it made its way east. I came home with a plethora of great images that I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to check back!

Three Rivers And A Barge

Fall Run Lower Falls

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I’ve lived 15 minutes away from Fall Run Park my entire life and only recently heard of it. I currently only live 10 minutes away and on Saturday, my Dad and I met up and did a short afternoon hike through the park to capture some of the waterfalls. It was the perfect time since the weather was warm, but the snow was still mostly covering the ground. The waterfalls were flowing nicely because of the melting snow from the previous night; and since it is so convenient, I will definitely be back during springtime after heavy rainfall. I have a few more photos from this location to share, especially the largest waterfall from the park. Make sure you check back soon!

Fall Run Lower Falls

The Arrival

This is a scene that has been on my mental “to shoot” list for quite a while now. My dad and I were walking around downtown Pittsburgh before Christmas when I suggested we head down to the Gateway Center T-Station to warm up a bit. We set up at the edge of the station and waited for a few trains to go by in order to get the shot.

This was processed using luminosity masks to bring down the luminescence of the lights in the tunnel. I then darkened the entire scene in Photoshop and used heaving dodging to light up the tracks of the oncoming train. The green glow was enhanced a bit for added color.

The Arrival

City Of Gold

I’m not much of a football fan, but given the Steelers are playing in the AFC Championship against the Patriots this evening, I think this scene is appropriate. I captured this last Sunday during sunrise when the sun emitted a distinct yellow glow in the sky and on the river. When I arrived downtown last week, I wasn’t sure the River Walk would be accessible due to recent flooding. I managed to find a pathway down and shoot in an area that wasn’t completely caked in mud. For this shot, used my 9-stop ND filter to smooth out the water while masking in the darker buildings with a brighter exposure using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop.

City Of Gold

Banks Of The Allegheny

After realizing it has been almost a month since I’ve last been out taking pictures, I made it a point to schedule a morning to shoot sunrise over the past weekend. With a 7 month old, I am up before the light of day; even on the weekends. On Sunday morning, I took a peak outside and noticed a bit of color in the sky so I quickly changed and drove down to the city in hopes of a nice sunrise. The sky wasn’t as colorful as I had hoped, but the dramatic sky with bits of color infused is just as nice.

For some technical bits, this image was taken using a 3-stop Neutral Density filter for the sky and water. Since I underexposed a bit for the sky, I used luminosity masks to paint in the darker parts of the buildings and foreground with a brighter exposure.

Banks Of The Allegheny

Bridge The Gap

Here is another photo from October that I have been hanging onto with no real reason it hasn’t been published until now. It’s not a fantastic scene by any means, but while I was waiting for the super moon to hopefully make an appearance (which it did) in October from the Duquesne Incline Overlook, I pointed my camera with the zoom down towards the Ft. Pitt Bridge below. What I like most is the many colors the scene depicts from the different signs and lights from the buildings.

Bridge The Gap

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