So I went to my second Pirates game of the year last night, actually it was my second in less than a month, which hasn’t happened in years. The first game I went to was great; there was a beer tasting before the game, they Buccos jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first and they ended up winning. Last night? Not to much. Got stomped by the Dodgers 10-3, and looked very much like the sub-.500 ball club that they’ve looked like for the last 20 years, taking up permanent residence in the bottom half of the standings. I did, however, get a ton of great shots, which I will share with you in the next few days.
For now, how about another view of the city? This is more of what I was talking about yesterday in taking a different approach to shooting from Mt. Washington. In the center of this shot is actually the new Allegheny County Jail (by new I mean newer), which is right along the parkway that leads you out of the ‘Burgh to the east. I thought that it was pretty cool how you can see four different levels of streets, two above the jail and two below it, and light trails on all of them. The street that I find the most interesting is the one that is directly behind the jail, as it is one continuous streak all the way along the road. The three bridges you see here are (in order from bottom to top) the Liberty Bridge, which takes you to the South Hills (where I live), the 10th Street Bridge (which takes you from the end of the South Side to downtown) and the Birmingham Bridge, which also connects the South Side to the bottom of Oakland, where the University of Pittsburgh is located. The bridge at the very bottom of the frame isn’t a bridge for cars; it connects the trolley line from Station Square to downtown Pittsburgh.
This is a seven exposure HDR processed in Photomatix and Photoshop CS5. I first tonemapped the +2 exposure to get the light trails I wanted and masked in all the roads. I did a color cast removal of the blues/purples in Color Efex as well as add a Tonal Contrast layer. In onOne PhotoTools I added a sharpening layer and another filter tha cooled the reds and warmed the blues. Finally, I did some selective coloring on the reds (decreased saturation) and the greens (increased vibrance and saturation). Added the logo and uploaded.
Halfway there guys. Friday will be here soon. Until tomorrow though, adios.