HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello

Posts tagged ““gold medal”

The best and the rest

First off, I wanted to thank all of you who read and commented on my article yesterday.  I couldn’t believe so many people stopped by and it ended up being my most heavily trafficked blog day ever!  I really appreciate it!

This weekend is All Star weekend both for the NFL and NHL.  One I don’t care about at all, one I was really excited to watch, but probably won’t even tune in now.  The one that is completely meaningless in my eyes is the NFL Pro Bowl.  First off, they have it the week before the Super Bowl, meaning that the players from the top two teams remaining (notice I didn’t say best) aren’t going to be there.  To me that was half the fun of the Pro Bowl, watching the Super Bowl champs play against the other all stars.  Not anymore in the NFL.

The NHL All Star game I was really excited about a few weeks ago.  Sidney Crosby (pictured above) was leading the league in points and goals and beat the rest of the league by over 150,000 all star votes.  I mean that is just insane.  Center Evgeni Malkin was voted it, goalie Marc Andre Fleury, and defenseman Kris Letang was voted in as a write in.  But, since Sid and Geno (Malkin) are still out with injury, only Fleury and Letang will play.

I had a quick question too for all of my Canadian friends.  How come when Pittsburgh plays in Ottawa and Montreal, Sidney Crosby gets booed worse than anywhere in the league outside of Philadelphia?  I know he is competition, but he won the gold medal in the Olympics for you!  I mean, I was rooting for the USA, and while I am sad we lost, I will take a loss by the hands of Sid any day.  He’s the greatest player in the world, and before his career is over, he will be mentioned as one of the top three hockey players of all time, up there with Gretzky and Lemieux.  I completely understand that I am biased seeing as he plays for my team, but he’s a clean player, a class act, took the team on his shoulders after Mario retired when he was only 20.  If the USA would have won in dramatic fashion on an ovetime goal, I think it would be hard for me to boo the player that scored it, even if he played for the Flyers or the Capitals.  Just wondering.

So, finally, today’s shot.  I took this last Friday evening before a happy hour with some friends in Station Square.  I got there a little early to do some shooting, but I ended up with just a handful of shots because it was about 0°F, with a windchill that made it seem like -10°F.  Seeing as I was on a bridge and the wind just whips down the river, it was all I could do to wait for the seven brackets and run back to my car.  Which I parked in a garage that was a good ten minute walk.  Genius I know.  The bridge I am on is the Smithfield St. Bridge that is right next to Station Square in the South Side.  It’s one of the classier bridges in downtown, with great iron work on the top that I’ve showcased a few other times.

Let’s get technical, technical, I wanna get technical.  Sorry about that, I don’t normally break out into song during my posts.  Like I said earlier, this is a seven exposure HDR processed with HDR Efex.  I kicked it over the Color Efex and applied a Tonal Contrast filter on the buildings and water (left the sky alone) and then applied a Low Key Filter to the entire image.  Burned a bit of the sky in spots and added a warming filter to tone down some of the blues.  I had gotten there a bit too late to get the sunset and a bit too early for the blue hour.  Oh well there’s always next time!

Thanks for stopping by, and if I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and good night!

Congrats to Sid, Fleury and Canada!

~Sid before the Detroit game last January

So I know that I may be a bit late on this, but I felt compelled to comment.  We all know by now that Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal for Canada as they completed their gold medal run witha  3-2 overtime victory against the US on Sunday.  And I have been hearing a lot of negativity around Sid in the past few days.  Seeing as I live in Pittsburgh, this bothers me.  Now, I don’t want seem like I am un-American.  I was very vehemently rooting for the US, jumping on top of my couch and screaming when Parise tied it up with some 24 seconds left.  I wish they would have won.  But the fact that they didn’t, and it was because of Sid, doesn’t really bother me.  In fact it makes me happy.

Had I felt this way if any other Penguin would have won it?  Maybe.  I would have loved to see Geno win the gold, but I would have hated to see Ovechkin win it.  It comes down to this.  Sid is a champion, a class act, and the captain who brough the Stanley Cup back to my hometown, Pittsburgh.  He is having the best season of his life so far at 42 goals, he was the youngest captain in the history of the NHL, and the youngest captain to win a Cup.  If you are from Philly, New York, Detroit, Washington, sure hate Sid, I don’t care.  We beat all of you in the last 2 years in the playoffs (Philly twice).  But if you are from Pittsburgh, and cheer and scream and root for Sidney Crosby every day, and defend him against all those fans from those other cities, don’t say you are upset at him for beating the US. 

In my mind, he deserves it.  And the bottom line is, he earned it.