Allegheny County Courthouse Upshot

I took this shot a few weeks ago, while on a photo walk with Brad and Dave Truxell.  We started out around the courthouse and covered that area of downtown Pittsburgh. 

Anyway, we spent some time inside the courthouse courtyard, which is where I took this photo.  I have to give my friend Jay Cassidy credit for this perspective.  He took a photo with a perspective similar to this a while back and I loved it.  So I took my own version. 

Have a great night.

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Austin At Dusk

I took this photo overlooking the Colorado River last fall.  I climbed up the hill and parked myself there for a few hours watching the sun go down.  I researched this spot in advance and it didn’t disappoint me with its' beautiful view.

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Peruvian Market

I’ve been busy with work this week.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to post on my normal schedule and tonight’s post will be short. 

So here you go….  This is a photo I took at a market in a small Peru village.   From our experience during our 10-day trip, this is a very typical market for tourist to select high quality hand crafts.

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Milky Way From Peru

During our trip to Peru, I had a chance to take some photos of the night sky.  Luckily, the timing was right….meaning the moon cycle was perfect and it wasn’t cloudy.  On top of that, the Milky Way is about 70% bigger in the southern hemisphere….but don’t ask me why. 

This photo shows you about 30% of the Milky Way that was visible that night.  You could see the entire arch (like a full rainbow).  It was an amazing sight.   Sorry I couldn’t get the entire Milky Way in my shot.  It was just way to big.

By the way, the orange glow at the bottom is the city of Puno Peru in the distance, which created light pollution in my photo. 

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Red Line

Here is a tone mapped photo (HDR image created with one exposure) I took at the US Steel Building subway station in downtown Pittsburgh.  I took this photo last week while on a photo walk with Dave and Brad.  Honestly, I had a great time and we walked around for a few hours, but I didn’t take a bunch of photos.  I don’t really know why….normally I take a ton.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  Anyway, I captured this scene and liked it.  So I’m sharing it with you.

By the way, the passengers waiting to get on the subway and getting off gave us a bunch of weird looks.  Clearly, they are not used to seeing photographers there.  I just stared back at them. 

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Cruising

Tonight’s blog post will be short and sweet.  I’m sharing a photo from the front of the Carnival Valor as it is sailing at approximately full speed through the Caribbean Sea just after sunrise.  I don’t know about any other cruise line, but this is the closest Carnival will allow you at the front of the ship.  If you look at the water, you can see the ship is moving fairly quick.

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Ollantaytambo Peru

Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru about 38 miles from Cusco and is at an altitude of 9,160 feet above sea level.  During the Inca Empire, this was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and the ceremonial center.  During the Spanish conquest of Peru, it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, who was the leader of the Inca resistance.  Today, it is a tourist attraction due to the great Inca buildings on the side and top of the mountain.    

At the base of the mountain, the Ollantaytambo village is very cute.  As you go up the mountain, you have to climb up and past numerous terraces that the Inca people built in the mid-15th century.  And when you get to the top, the Inca temple buildings and walls are amazing.  Thus they call it Temple Hill.

This picture is a 20-exposure panorama view from the top of the mountain between sets of terraces looking back at the valley with the village of Ollantaytambo in the center.  This picture probably doesn’t do it justice….you’ll just have to trust me.  It was an outstanding experience and view.  

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Me in 3D

Peru was full of extremely cool locations, people, events, geography, and experiences.  One of them was my chance meeting of Antonio Mocciola.  At one point, we pulled off the side of the road to stop at this scenic overlook.  Per normal, I was taking a ton of photos while we were standing there.  Right before we left, Anotonio showed up with this travel group.  Antonio is from Milan Italy and loves photography as well.   He wanted to take my picture with this cool dual camera setup that he uses to take 3D photos (see a photo of him and the dual camera setup below).  Of course I agreed…..  He had me stand next to my camera setup with the Andes Mountains behind me.  You can also see Michael’s tripod next to me on the right.  Anyway, I thought it was cool and I am sharing it here with you.  So get your 3D glasses out and take a look below.

Since returning from Peru, Antonio and I have communicated a few times.  And of course he sent me the photo.  If you want to check out more of Antonio’s work, please visit his website.  (www.laborart.it)

Kris:  Note the Cubs hat I wore in your honor.  It didn’t come home from South America.

Me in 3D....get your 3D glasses out

Me in 3D....get your 3D glasses out

Antonio with his dual 3D camera setup.

Antonio with his dual 3D camera setup.

Lindy Hop

This is the Lindy Hop.  A piano bar themed after the Spirit of St. Louis airplane.  Charles Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927 on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris.  It only took him 33 hours and 30 minutes to make the flight.  Interesting, Mr. Lindbergh named it the Spirit of St. Louis in honor of his supporters from the St. Louis Raquette Club. 

Anyway this piano bar is on the Carnival Valor ship, which sails out of Port Canaveral in Florida.  The bar was pretty cool and I made sure I captured it.  Enjoy your Saturday.

Moray Eel

I try to get some scuba diving in on every trip we take.  It doesn’t always work out, but it happens often.  Today’s picture is from our recent cruise.  I got a chance to complete 4 dives and captured this beautiful moray eel near Costa Maya Mexico.  He was a friendly little guy….okay, he wasn’t so little (maybe 4 feet long), but he was friendly.  He came out of his hole to present himself to me.  I sat there watching him from about 2 feet away for a few minutes.  It was a great experience. 

Anyway, I hope you like him.  

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Carnival Valor By Moon Light

As you may have noticed, MJ and I have been away.  We were on a cruise to celebrate our 26th Anniversary.  They’ve been wonderful years covering the range of emotions, experiences and activities.  I’m an extremely lucky guy.

Anyway, let’s talk about this photo and how I captured it.  It is my habit when cruising to get up at least one morning at around 5am to walk around the cruise ship and photograph it.  I like that time for a few reasons:

1.     All the other tourist are sleeping off the previous night’s party, which means I have the ship to myself.  And you know I don’t take many people pictures.  If it weren’t for the few Carnival employees that are working, it would really look like a ghost ship.

2.     Once I get done photographing the ship, it is usually time to capture the sunrise.  So I get a two for one arrangement.

There is only one negative of my approach, the ship’s security team never know what to make of me.  On this last trip, I counted no less then 6-security people following me around.  A few of them talked to me, but the rest just watch from a distance.  Normally you’ll never see a security person on a cruise except when you leave and enter the ship.  But when I am out photographing the ship in the middle of the night, it must raise a red flag in the security department. 

So this photo was captured at around 6am and you can see the moon is still high in the sky.  And of course, it looks like I have the ship to myself.

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Special note:  If you’ve ever been on a cruise before, you know they try to take your photo all the time (because they want to sell you a print later).  They’ll photograph you at dinner, boarding the ship, leaving the ship, on excursions, around the pool, etc….  One of their big things are to setup mini photo stations around dinner time so you can stop by and get your photo taken while you’re all cleaned up.  Anyway, MJ and I were on our way to dinner one night and we saw this photography backdrop at one of the photography stations.  What caught our attention is that this backdrop is of Pittsburgh.  So all these people from around the United States, who are on the high seas in the Caribbean, were stopping to get their photograph taken in front of the Pittsburgh skyline.  I thought that was interesting.   

Skogafoss, Iceland

Hello.  I hope you’re having a great Tuesday.  Tonight I have an old photo for you, with a new twist.  Meaning, I loved this photo when I took it in 2013 and processed it then.  So I reprocessed it again this week and am sharing it again with my latest and current processing techniques.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Machine Shop - Father's Day

In honor of Father’s Day, today’s blog picture is from W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry down in Rice Landings Pennsylvania.  Now I have no idea what this machine produces in the machine shop, but it’s an interesting photographic subject.  So for all the dads who like to work in their personal workshops, whether it is a garage, mill, barn, basement, or photography studio, have a great Father’s Day.

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Mean Fish

I captured a ton of photos when Jay and I visited Detroit last year.  And I’ve probably processed about 20% of them so far.  Heck, I am still processing photos from my 2013 San Francisco trip.  Each HDR photo takes me between 20 minutes to 1 hour to process.  So I can’t zip through my photos and I also get bored processing to many from the same trip in a row.  Therefore, I hop back and forth between trips.  These factors create two situations:

1.     It takes me a while to finish processing each trip.

2.     Since I hop all over when I am processing photos, I also post pictures from my trips out of order.

Some people might think I’m not efficient.  I like to think my method helps keep my processing fresh (I don’t get bored and stale) and I don’t post to many photos in a row from the same area/topic.

So all that was to help explain why tonight I randomly posted a picture of a fish graffiti scene that I took in Detroit.   

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2015 Bic Calendar

Last year, I was contacted by the Bic Company about one of my photos.  They wanted to include it in a 2015 calendar they were creating for retail sales.  We worked out an arrangement including a requirement that they mail me one copy.  Well, it finally showed up in June 2015. 

The photo they selected is one of my older photos (and least favorite).  Regardless, I am proud to have my work displayed in the same calendar as Trey Radcliff.  Trey is an HDR master photographer.  I think the last time I looked, he has over 20 million subscribers to his website and even more social media followers.  Anyway, it made me feel good.

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