HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello

Chugging along

Big game tonight.  Pens vs. Lightning, Game 4.  Pens win, they go up 3-1 with a possible clincher at home on Saturday.  Would be nice to get these next two and have a nice little break until the next round.

Couples more shots from Carrie Furnace for you today, though one does not feature the actual blast furnace.  Above is a shot of one of the railroads that runs right next to Carrie, which is still in use.  I took this shot while we were pondering whether or not to trek into the abandoned warehouse or simply be happy with our pictures from afar.  For as many train tracks as there are in and around the city of Pittsburgh, I have only ever taken one other shot where I was near the tracks and none like this.  I know that this is a fairly common picture to take and now I can say I have mine.  Would have been pretty cool to see a train coming right at your though.  Snap the seven brackets then run like hell.  Maybe next time.

Today’s shot is from inside what looked to be some kind of pump room at Carrie.  The coolest thing about this room was the stairs in the back of the shot.  You can see water full to top of the stairs, meaning the entire basement was flooded and that is the top of the water level.  I was going to go over and get a closer shot of this, but there was some kind of green liquid dripping from the ceiling that I didn’t particularly want to get all over me.  Again, next time for sure.

Both of these were processed in HDR Efex under the “Crisp” Method.  For the train tracks shot I had to do a bit of masking above the tree line, as that particular HDR Method gives a slight halo.  Applied an overall S Curve to give it some more contrast and finally a Tonal Contrast filter in Color Efex.  For the one of the pump room I applied the Tonal Contrast filter, then did some selective coloring to bring out the colors that I wanted, like the graffiti on the back wall.  I also maked in part of the -2 exposure to help recover some of the blown out highlights.

Let’s.  Go.  Pens.


6 responses

  1. Love the train track shot but that second image is SICK! Totally awesome Dave, a freaking HDR paradise you got there! Great work as always buddy! Jim

    April 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    • Thanks Jim! Yeah, it was pretty incredible! I can’t wait to get back and discover more things!

      April 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  2. I really like how the foreground on this image starts inside the tracks before they take over and lead your eye through the image. Nicely composed.

    April 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    • Thanks Jason, I appreciate the visit!

      April 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  3. Scrolling from one shot to the next, I felt like I was falling into the roof of that building. Interesting and unplanned effect of the photo order. Love how you can see outside the door of the second one and see the graffiti on the nearby building. Great shots!

    April 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    • Just noticed that myself Kristi! Kinda weird! Glad you noticed the graffiti, I spent some extra time on it!

      April 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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