HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello

Posts tagged “reflections

Rollin’ into the weekend

It doesn’t get much better than Friday.  Pens hockey on tonight and Sunday, casual day at work, finally getting at least a one day break in the weather to spend some time shooting tomorrow, it’s going to be a good weekend.  Going to be a bit of a post and run catch up day, as I am finishing up all the month end activities that I started on Monday at work today.

First off my shot from a few days ago which I took two weeks ago whilst roaming the South Side.  Like I said before, that day just seemed to bring all the interesting people out of the woodwork, and I was more than happy to oblige by taking pictures of them.  As I’m walking down East Carson Street, the road that runs right through the middle of the South Side, I came up to the Birmingham Bridge, which crosses the Monongahela River over to Fifth Avenue.  Now this is a pretty busy intersection, as it is one of the main ways from getting from downtown Pittsburgh to the South Side, and this day was no different.  Then, out of the blue (well, more like gray, it was pretty dreary out), I just see a head bobbing over the cars.  I take another look and there is this guy on a scooter with pink handle bars and pink wheels.  Now, this would have be strange to see if he was, say 12, but he was at least 25.  He was singing to himself, looking around, completely oblivious that he was crossing the street in the middle of rush hour traffic with cars coming, who had to subsequently stop and wait for him.

The processing on this one was pretty light.  Desaturated the entire image, then enhanced just the greens and reds with layers of curves.  Added an over adjustment curve to boost the contrast as well as a Tonal Contrast layer.  Finally added a warming filter to give a bit of a cinematic tone, put it in a pill box and then on display for you.

Today’s shot, which I will be posting a little later, is from a photowalk I went on with Brad Truxell before the holidays.  It was such a frigid cold night, and this was one of the last shots I took before the blood in my fingers froze solid.  This is a view down the parkway from just off the Clemente Bridge.  On the right, you can see PNC Park and Heinz Field in the distance.  What I didn’t realize I’d captured until I got home was the smoke coming out of the top of the building on the left, which I thought looked pretty cool.

I was going for a little bit different processing here, a bit more extreme than normal.  Since the sky was such a deep blue, I was trying to get the tones on the road and the city to contrast it and I liked the way it turned out with almost a diagonal line of color separating the two.  And of course you can’t go wrong with reflections.  This is a 7 exposure HDR processed with HDR Efex under the “Clean” method.  I had to do some heavy selective coloring adjustments to get the look I was going for.  I also added a Pro Contrast filter in Color Efex.

Wishing you all a great weekend, see you on Monday.


Yeah, you too

Just going to be doing a quick post and run today.  It is our monthly financial close and work, and this impacts me since my current title is senior financial analyst.  Bit busy at the quarter end, but back in the swing of things tomorrow (hopefully).

Don’t you wish sometimes you could just tell off something that you couldn’t possibly tell off?  Like a Monday?  Or maybe the toaster that burned your bagel?  Or the pen that ran out of ink just as you sat down for a meeting?  Or a Monday?  Whoops, already said that one.  Well, this one is dedicated to all those things in life, though I’m pretty sure that if this girl wanted to tell me off she could.  I was on a photowalk with a buddy Ty Sharp and we were shooting some Pittsburgh cityscapes from atop a garage in downtown.  All of a sudden a bus lets out and all these people start walking across the street, some boring, some interesting, some ignoring us and some pointing and waving.  Or flipping us the bird.  These girls spotted us and while most of them seemed nice and friendly, one, um, wasn’t so much.  She subtly expressed her displeasure by flicking us off from five stories away.  I believe that this is the first time that I have ever been caught shooting a candid, and the complete range of reactions is present here, from a jovial hello to a rude middle finger.

Processing was light here, just a quick white balance adjustment, desaturation and Tonal Contrast filter.  Added the pill box for the cinematic effect.

Just to get you all caught up, above is my post from last night.  This is a shot of one of the buildings on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, right next to PNC Park.  I took this one during a photowalk with Brad Truxell, as he had shot it before, and I knew that it was a perfect candidate for HDR.  It is a seven exposure HDR processed with HDR Efex under the “Natural” setting.  Added a blue curves layer to bring out the glass and a red one to bring out the lobby.  I masked in the little piece of the sky, as well as added a Tonal Contrast filter in Color Efex.

Sorry again for the post and run, catch you guys tomorrow.