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.
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.
Well, the Holidays are over and it’s back to the norm. As much as I like being home every day, for me, it’s nice to get back into the normal swing of things. I hope you all had a safe, fun Christmas and New Year celebration with your friends and family. I had an absolute blast spending time with Jacquie and Grace for her first Christmas. Carnegie Mellon closed the University during the holidays so I had a nice long break to relax.
Nothing to do with winter or the holidays, this image was taken on a foggy, rainy October morning underneath the Roberto Clemente Bridge on the North Shore. I have been wanting to publish this for quite a while now, but for some reason, I have been holding off. Even though this was taken in 2016, I think it’s a great first post for 2017!
I managed to find some free time on Sunday to snap a holiday-themed photo before Christmas is over. I can’t believe that Christmas will be here in less than a week. As a new-ish father, I am learning that time flies by twice as fast and there is virtually no time to do anything. I’m struggling especially hard with that last one. Hopefully, once the holiday season is over, I’ll have a bit more free time. With year-end projects and deadlines, work is super busy on top of running errands, battling illnesses, bad weather, it’s just difficult this time of year for fun stuff! I have 11 days off starting Friday to spend with my family; so I couldn’t be more excited.
Anyway, this is the famous Horns building, now occupied by Highmark. Each year, this tree is lit up in celebration for the holidays. My dad and I did a quick little photo walk around the point and Gateway Plaza before turning in due to the cold winds. I probably won’t be posting anything before Christmas, so for those who celebrate, have a wonderful holiday with your family!
This is an older image when I joined my friends Brook and Blair Ward on an adventure to an abandoned building in downtown Pittsburgh in October of 2015. This particular vantage point was taken from the roof of the building. It was a very warm October evening and we were treated to a great sunset from the roof. We actually tried to go back earlier this past Spring, but it didn’t have that warm evening light so I didn’t come with any images that caught my attention.
Here is another shot of the super moon from last month. It was the largest super moon since 1948 and my dad and I headed up to Mount Washington to join about a dozen other photographers anticipating the event. It was truly a sight to see it rise beyond the city skyline. I am glad we chose Sunday evening to photograph the moon as Monday was dreary and overcast; therefore, the moon could not be seen. I wish that I had a more powerful zoom/teleconverter, but I was able to still capture the sheer size of the moon against the city.