Two weeks ago, the weather was fantastic, temperatures jumped to the upper 40′s, lower 50′s F. I took the opportunity to get outside and head to McConnell’s Mill State Park. I did some research before heading out and planned to hit the three main waterfalls, Alpha, Kildoo, and Hells Hallow.
Alpha Falls is extremely easy to get to and has a small parking lot at the trail head. However once on the trail the hike was adventurous. Most of the steps and the entire trail out to the falls were covered in ice.
I ended up not seeing the actual Kildoo Falls. I did however find the bridge that goes over the falls and hiked down and got some shots of the stream that feeds the fall. I believe in order to see these falls you have to take the trail that starts (or have access to) at the old mill and covered bridge.
Spent this past Saturday with my father and brother at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. It’s more of a dealer show than a car show. I wish that some of the car makers would send a concept vehicle or rare models. In the past there was a “car show” on the first floor that allowed car clubs and individuals to show off their own cars. For whatever reason the car sow removed almost all of non-dealer vehicles. I still had a great time and enjoyed sitting and checking out all the different models. The first image is a link to my Flickr Set of all the car show images.
Within walking distance to my neighborhood are fantastic old houses. Long abandoned they are scheduled to be torn down. They’ve been boarded up and art now decorates the exterior.
Some of the lesson learned from these last two posts:
I would like go back and get a panoramic of the ceiling. I love the way the wood grain looks with the HDR / tonemapping processing.
After spending the past year focusing on Black and White I didn’t really mess around with too much color and HDR. I’m still learning and I think that some of the images are overdone but that’s the fun of photography for me. Constant learning and pushing myself to try new things. My favorite of the bunch is the Stain glass window of Justice (1st in the series). My Fuji X-E1 only has 3 stop bracketing and only +/-1, I hoping in a firmware update this is expanded. I also had some issues with the white balance. Mainly the natural light thru the stain glass vs. the florescent lights. Everything below the windows had a greenish tint. Even though I shot RAW it was still difficult to fix in post.
Spent the afternoon at Phipps conservatory enjoying some warmth and green. It was the first time I’ve ever been. Even though I forgot my camera I still managed a few shots with my smartphone. I actually enjoyed not having my camera as it allowed me to be present and enjoy it.