Dawn Rising | Pittsburgh, PA
Seems like every time I head out to shoot Pittsburgh I come home with a new favorite image. This Decemeber’s visit was no different, in fact, I’m not sure if I can top this one. There’s just so much I like about it and almost none of it has to do with my camera work. Mother Nature did the work here.
Just as the sunrise’s first light began to illuminate the sky behind the city, a huge deck of clouds rolled in across the Allegheny River, lighting up ever so slightly with a pink and purple hue. The river was moving quickly on this morning, so it created more abstract reflections, rather than the well-defined mirror images of the skyline we see sometimes. My favorite thing about the scene, and what I noticed immediately, was the bright crescent moon rising over the city. Looking below and just to the left of the moon, you’ll see two bright bodies. The first is Spica, the 15th brightest star in the night sky, and just below it is Saturn.
Now on to the small part my camera played in making the scene: it was shot with a Nikon D600, at 24mm, f/11, 20 sec. exposure, ISO 200. Finished and exported from Lightroom.
©2014 Zach Frailey
Over the holidays, we took our little trip up to Pennsylvania to spend some time with family and celebrate the baby’s first Christmas. It was a great time, and as usual, I was able to sneak away for some photography. Dave DiCello and I made our way down to the North Shore on a cold morning before the sun came up. The last time I shot morning light from this spot was two years ago, and I came back with some of my favorite Pittsburgh shots of all-time, so I was very excited to shoot the scene again.
The river was running swiftly, and the sky was changing to a purply-pink hue, so I thought that I’d throw on a 10-stop ND filter and let the exposure drag to pull out some extra color and motion. If you look at the water closely, you can even see the wake of a duck moving against the water’s motion!
Admittedly, this is the first and only photo from the trip that I’ve processed so far, but it’s more than likely going to be my favorite. Seems like each visit I come back with one memorable shot, and this will be the one for Christmas 2013!
This past weekend a dream came true as I headed to Pittsburgh for some PLAYOFF baseball. I knew the energy in the city would be incredible for the first home game of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals, but I wasn’t prepared for just how incredible it was. One big goal, other than being there as a fan, was to try to relay that energy through some photos. Enjoy.
Sun, blue skies, fall foliage…October baseball in Pittsburgh!
A few months ago, I was able to go home and visit friends and family in Pittsburgh. I have been sitting on the images I shot for a while now, and being that it’s the All Star break and my beloved Pirates are in great position to get themselves into the playoffs, I thought this would be a great time to share a collection from the Opening Series that I attended back in April. Go Bucs!
Facebook Timeline Cover Photos | Pittsburgh Edition
For a while now, I have been keeping a regularly updated album on my Facebook page containing optimized photos to fit in the Facebook Timeline Cover. Users are welcome to download, use and enjoy them. I recently returned from a trip to Pittsburgh, so I decided I’d highlight a few of the newer ones here today. Remember, the album on Facebook is updated regularly, so check there for the latest and greatest if you find this page somewhere in the near future! Also, a lot of different locations over in the main album.