Up in their air

First off, I hope that all of you dads out there had a great Fathers Day.  We had a beautiful day yesterday for a cookout with both of our families and everything turned out great from the food, to the weather to the company.

I know that Mondays are usually Candid Monday, but I was itching to put up the fisheye.  Maybe a week or two before Candid Monday resumes.


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I spent a few hours walking around downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday morning, just seeing what kind of unique views of the city I could showcase with my new borrowed toy.  I took about twenty different brackets, with the hopes that I will make a return trip on Tuesday night to get some night shots as well.  This is a view looking up from inside PNC Plaza, almost smack in the middle of downtown.  I had taken a shot a few years back of the picture on the top of the frame because the reflections had really drawn me in at that time, and this return trip was no exception to that either.  I really like the way that the building on the right is reflected in the one on the top.

I will say that I am extremely pleased with the lens so far.  It is very crisp, super fast and sunflares come out looking pretty cool.  With my vacation coming up at the end of the this week and plans to shoot tonight and tomorrow, I probably will have to spend a few days when I get back processed the more than likely thousands of pictures I will have taken this week.  Should be fun.

Pretty standard processing.  Seven exposure HDR processed with Photomatix then edited in Photoshop.  Didn’t need to mask out any halos, just added a Pro and Tonal Contrast filter to the whole shot and buildings, respectively then cloned out some dust spots.  Finally, added a blue curves layer for the sky only, decreased the exposure of the sky, and increased the exposure on the buildings.

Heading to Kennywood, a local amusement park tonight, strictly for photography.  I’ve never been there or to any other amusement park with my camera before, so I’m excited to see what I can get.

Also, thank you to everyone who voted on my next business card design.  There was one that was far and away the favorite, and I really appreciate everyone’s input.

See you all tomorrow.

  • Jimi Jones - June 20, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    Awesome shot, Dave.
    The lines and textures are stunning. Man, I know you’re having a blast with this lens and it’s easy to see why. :-)
    Those upcoming night shots should be pretty fantastic. Looking forward to seeing them.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Nitz - June 20, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    This is such a cool shot. I like the distortion and how the lines lead you up to the center of the shot!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Sexton - June 20, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    Great shot Dave! The fisheye pov is great here, well done.ReplyCancel

  • Len Saltiel - June 20, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Really nice shot Dave. I like the fisheye distortion, but I think the reflections in the building add to the image’s impact.ReplyCancel

  • A.Barlow - June 20, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    Love it man! Way cool.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Youngleson - June 20, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Ok, I’m hooked! Great idea to “borrow” that lens, before buying. Love the height and color variations of the skyscrappers – well captured. I know that you are going to grab some shots from the top of a ferris wheel at the park tonight! Have fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Jason Hines - June 20, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    I have to say that makes me a little dizzy. Great perspective and use of the fisheye man, really well done.ReplyCancel

  • Jim Nix - June 20, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    looks great Dave!ReplyCancel

  • Chris DeAngelis - June 20, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    Awesome perspective! Love the fisheye! Really great shot Dave!ReplyCancel

  • Adam Allegro - June 20, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    I love this point of view… Buildings, trees, whatever… something about this gets me. Great shot my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Curt Fleenor - June 20, 2011 - 9:34 pm

    Great shot Dave – love the perspective! Have fun with that lens!ReplyCancel

  • Ty Sharp - June 29, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Awesome creativity here in this POV, Dave!ReplyCancel

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