HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello


Thank you to everyone who visited my blog yesterday, I had over triple of my average views for the year.  Not exactly sure how this stuff happens sometimes, but I am glad it does.

On to today’s shot.  I took this one a few weeks ago on a little stroll through downtown Pittsburgh.  This is the entrance to the Steel Building or USX Tower right near the center of town.  I was walking by a bit before rush hour and about 45 minutes after I took this shot, the sidewalk in front of the building would have been completely packed with people waiting for rides or buses to come and pick them up.  I really enjoy being downtown at this time of day, because there are so many different sizes and shapes of buildings, that it really filters the light well and you get cool beams coming through like this one.

Usually the camera police come out and tell you that you can’t take pictures in front of the Steel Building (yep, camera, not just tripod, these guys are crazy) and I saw one of the guards eyeing me up, but he was wither too tired to come outside or just didn’t care.  Guess I didn’t look like much of a threat.

Bonus:  Can you spot the guy who just narrowly missed scoring the lead role in “Multiplicity” instead of Michael Keaton?

Pretty standard when it came to processing this one.  Five exposure handheld HDR, processed with Photomatix.  Did a bit of masking to get rid of ghosting from the car on the right and the people in the center (I thought that Multiplicity man was pretty cool).  I had a few slight halos, so I just masked in the -2 exposure for the sky.  Added a red curves adjustment layer to enhance the building and a blue one for the sky.  Also added a Tonal Contrast filter from Color Efex, and a Progressive Sharpening and Firenze filter from onOne PhotoTools, the former to, well, sharpen the image and the later to give the sunlight some more glow.  Slapped on the logo and exported to blog.

Thanks for all the support and visits.  See you tomorrow, which is Friday, which is good.


28 responses

  1. I like that there is a church amongst all these modern buildings. Also the ghosting of the guy going into the building is pretty awesome. Fun shot!

    May 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

    • We have a couple churches dappled through the city that I’ve shot before, they are pretty interesting! Normally I would clone something like that out, but I thought it was pretty cool! Thanks for stopping by Chris!

      May 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

  2. Beautiful shot man!

    May 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

  3. Nice job Dave. Digging the reflection in the glass on the left side.

    May 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

  4. Congrats on the views! When that happens on my site, it’s usually because someone submitted the post to StumbleUpon – that generally brings in a rush of traffic.

    Found the multiplicity dude – that’s pretty funny. Great shot!

    May 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    • Thanks Kristi! Yep, that was it! Too bad it doesn’t happen too often!

      May 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

  5. Awesome processing. And yep, noticed the guy by the door right away. Cool effect.

    May 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

  6. Great detail in this shot Dave!

    May 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

  7. sweet work Dave and congrats on the views, that’s awesome and well deserved dude!

    May 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

  8. I agree with Chris, I the church dwarfed in the big city looks awesome. Nice shot.

    May 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

    • Thanks Ryan, I appreciate you stopping by!

      May 20, 2011 at 6:45 am

  9. Beautiful shot and the processing is simply amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

    May 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  10. Love the detail and overall tone of this. Really nice processing, man.

    May 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

  11. Incredibly clean and perfect HDR!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  12. Awesome processing Dave, the depth of detail is great! Congrats on the jump in visits I know motivating that can be!

    May 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    • Thanks for the visit and comment Curt!

      May 20, 2011 at 6:46 am

  13. Beautiful processing! Thanks for sharing your tutorials!

    May 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

  14. Nice photograph Dave. I know this spot well and you definitely made it look great.

    May 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

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