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Old Jul 9, 2008, 7:50 AM   #1
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Spent the July 4th weekend in Pittsbugh, PA. Great town to photograph: lots of hills, rivers, bridges and an attractive skyline and other attractions. The following were shot with the DL and kit lens.

Cloudy weather; handheld while aboard a riverboat cruise.



Heinz Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh



Skyline (and Incline) photographed from Mt. Washington


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Old Jul 9, 2008, 7:57 AM   #2
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Nice images.

Whilst modern buildings have an immediate impact given their size & 'clean' lines, the architecture of the chapel takes some beating.
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The incline shot is especially nice, the composition with the bridge in the mid-background and the city far-back is well thought out. My only critique would be the steeple on the church being slightly cut off.

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I love the first shot - it's got lovely colors with the city-scape. I hadn't noticed that the steeple had been cut off until Tim mentioned it, and then my first thought was how I could have missed it. It probably would have worked better as a vertical shot instead of horizontal. On the other hand, the building is very interesting.
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Tim: Thanks for pointing out the cut off steeple. Similar to mtgal, I nver noticed it until you pointed it out! As for the cityscape with the incline, once again, until you pointed out the bridge in the mid-ground, I did not notice the impact to the composition. I only intended to capture the incline car in the foreground and the skyline in the background. Good lesson in compositioin; and I need to train my eye to see what the lens sees!

Harriett: I took a couple of vertical shots of the chapel--but they looked so ordinary. I tried framing this shot with the shruberry and tree branches in the foreground to add some character. Of course thanks to Tim, now all I see is the lopped off steeple:lol:! It also appears that the shot requires some straightening. However, I think that is more lens distortion since the horizontals apear horizontal, but the verticals seem a bit off. I'll try to correct that with some additional PP. Picky..Picky..Picky!!

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LOL! You can't please everyone with your shots and there's no right answer, either. I know what you mean about a certain shot looking "ordinary" - but sometimes that's only in the eyes of the beholder. We've got a trip planned this summer and I've been thinking of ways to avoid "ordinary" as in "too often photographed" but still capture what is a pretty location. Haven't figured it out yet, but we'll see.
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Of course thanks to Tim, now all I see is the lopped off steeple:lol:!
Sorry :-)! I too have some shots in which I now only notice the flaws that someone else pointed out. Part of our mutual learning endevour I guess. I am surprised that the bridge shot was happy happenstance, but, however it happened, I really like the composition on it and I am not particularly fond of cities to begin with.

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