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.
Sooooooooooooom what do you think of my new logo? I thought since I had started the new website that it was about time I actually had a new logo. Only bad thing is, now I have to order new business cards. And it’s a good thing because I am so close to getting rid of all the ones I just ordered. Yeah, not really. Oh well. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out though. If you head over to my zenfolio site you can see it adorn the home page there.
Seeing as this is a photography blog I feel compelled to post a picture too. This one is from about a week ago that I took right before the shot in my last post. I know, I know, backtracking a bit, but I’m posting 2 days in a row! When was the last time that happened?
I’m really liking this new theme too. Allows me to post bigger pictures, which, when it comes to any photography, especially HDR, is better. About this shot. This is a 5 exposure handheld HDR that I took with the 50mm prime 1.4. The max aperture is only f16 though, so I wasn’t able to get the nice sun rays that I am used to. However, I think that the f16 allowed me justtttt quick enough of a shutter speed to get the full bracket without any significant movement of the camera. I will say this. HDR Efex does a fantastic job of aligning images. Much better than Photomatix. Speaking of HDR Efex, look for a tutorial coming soon. I mean it.
Take care everyone!