Fort Pitt Bridge

I took this photo of sunrise in downtown Pittsburgh a few months ago when I was out with Brad and Blair.  I used my DSLR camera to capture this, but I also took a ton of photos with my drone that morning.  I still take more photos with my DSLR camera, but increasingly I take more and more photos with the drone.   I hope your weekend has been great and that you enjoy what’s left of your Sunday.    

 

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Pripyat Apartment Building

It’s been five months since we returned from our Chernobyl trip and I’ve only processed about 20% of the photos I took on that trip.  And I haven’t edited any of the videos at all.  It’ll take me years to get them all done.  In fact, I just finished editing my photos from South Africa, which happened in 2017…..  It just takes me a while. 

Why did I tell you all that, I don’t know.  Regardless, this is a photo I took with the drone looking down at an apartment building in Pripyat inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  You can see our bus and a few of us on the street in front of the building.  What a great experience.

 

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Trevi

We’re heading to Europe again this year and I can’t wait.  We’ll be traveling down the Danube River on one of the river boats.  It should be great, assuming the river levels are not too high or low…..  Apparently, that’s a potential real problem with river cruises….. 

 

Anyway, tonight’s post from a previous Europe trip.  I love Trevi Fountain.

 

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Flooded Factory

It’s not always great to be out in the rain, but photography in an abandoned building during or just after a rain storm can create some great opportunities like this.  It rained for days prior to our arrival and was raining while we visited.  So there were a bunch of great opportunities for reflection shots like this one.

This was an abandoned factory in Detroit Mi.

 

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Rhino

Its hard for me to believe that it has been over a year and a half since our trip to South Africa.  How did that happen?  I guess that’s just how it works…. As they say, time flies.

 

Anyway, tonight I have a photo of a two Rhinos from that trip.  What a great experience….. I’m still thankful to our guide (Henk) and all the great travelers in our group who all helped make the trip a wonderful.

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Detroit Factory

I need to plan another urbex photo walk in the near future.  I am so ready to spend a little time in a new (to me) abandoned structure.  There is something about the exploration of these sites that I really enjoy.  I have something planned in May with a few friends, but that seems so far away.   

Until then, enjoy this photo from inside a Detroit factory.  I’m not sure what these curtains were used for in the past, but I thought they made for a striking photo. 

 

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Mechanical Wonder

During our trip to Mexico we stayed at Grand Palladium Resort north of Cancun…I’ve mentioned this before.  Inside the resort, there are a number of restaurants, bars and stores all of which have a different theme/design.  One of them is a Café and deli, which was designed as a urban contemporary look that included this giant floor to ceiling mechanical clock.  This clock ran all kinds of pulleys and cables that helped other objects in the Café run/move.  In fact, the mannequin on the bike in the left corner of this photo was run by the clock.  His legs pumped the bike peddles that turned the wheels.  I liked the clock and the entire Café.

 

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Big News: AirMagic

I don’t make a big deal out of it, but I’m an Affiliate of Skylum software.   They make some of the best photo editing software in the world.  Applications like Luminar, Aurora HDR, Photolemur, and now the brand new AirMagic.  What does it mean to be an Affiliate?  Basically, I get a discount on their software in exchange for promoting the products.  Admittedly, I’m not very good at this.  I don’t feel great about pushing products on people.  So I try to be fair…. I don’t take advantage of Skylum and I try to be transparent to all of you.  Thus I’m telling you I am an Affiliate.  And as a reminder (I’ve talked about that in the past), I’m an Affiliate with ThinkTank camera bags as well.

So why am I sharing all of this?  Well they created a super easy photo editing software application called Photolemur that I’ve been using for over a year.  It uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to do all the major editing for you.  Honestly, I like it and have been using it a ton.  Skylum recently announced a new application called AirMagic. 

This new software application is designed specifically for drone photography.  It works very similar (from a work flow perspective) as Photolemur.  You drop the photo or photos you took into the app and it uses AI and advanced algorithms to edit your photos perfectly.  After using Photolemur and AirMagic, the only remaining editing I do is pull them into Photoshop (…you can use your favorite software) to slightly sharpen and crop (if necessary) the image.  Note:  I’m a really big fan of sharpening photos….  So that step might not be important to you. 

So my work flow is:


1.      Drop the image into AirMagic and save the software’s final product.

2.      Pull the image in Photoshop to Crop (if needed) and sharpen. 

If you’re interested in AirMagic, they have pre-ordering setup on their website.  Please use this LINK: 

By the way, you can see a sample before and after images below that I took with my drone. 

After: Processed with Skylum AirMagic

After: Processed with Skylum AirMagic

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Before: RAW image right out of the drone.

Before: RAW image right out of the drone.

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Detroit Window

I haven’t posted a Detroit photo in a while, so here we go.  We had a hit list of Detroit Urbex locations to hit up, but we also explored some sites that we randomly found, just driving around.  That’s the story of this spot.  We went to the Michigan Central Station (the building outside the window) to photograph the area around it.  During that time, we found this abandoned beauty with great views like this photo.  I took a bunch of window photos like this one at this spot. 

 

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Washington Monument

I couldn’t think of a clever name for this blog post.  Frankly, I’ve never been good at that.  I see other photographers posting extremely clever names for their photos and blog posts.  That’s just not me.  I guess I’m just not that funny.   How would you label this post?

 

Regardless of the title, I really like this photo of the National Mall in Washington D.C.  I got extremely lucky to find this spot without dozens of tourists standing in my photo.   

 

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AB's Departure

Well its official.  Antonio Brown is being traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders.  He’s taking his extremely good football skills and over-heated ego to the west coast.  He was also quick with his giant smile.  It was fun watching him play over the last seven years while I covered the team.  I wish him the best. 

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Old and New

I like this city photo a bunch and I’m not really sure why.  Its probably just the contrast between the old building and the new skyscraper in the background. I took this last fall while I was in San Francisco.  I spent probably 8 hours over three days just walking around the city capturing random photos here and there.  It will be interesting to see if you like it as much as I do.  There are photos I expect to get lots of love that do and others that surprise me and don’t.  But I don’t know what to expect with this one.  So let’s find out.

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Motherland Monument

This massive statue sits on top of the National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945)…we know it as World War II.  This stainless-steel statue is 203 feet tall.  Counting the museum building it sit on, the entire structure is 335 feet tall and it weighs 560 tons.  The sword in her right hand is 52 feet long by itself and weighs 9 tons.  That’s a huge statue by any comparison!!  The State Emblem of the Soviet Union is on the shield.  Even though this war ended in 1945, they didn’t start the construction of this statue until 1979 and it was completed in 1981.

 

In Kiev, Ukraine where this is located, the statue is controversial due to Ukraine’s complicated and currently rough relationship with Russia.  Blair and I spent a few hours walking around this national park photographing the war monuments, tanks, etc….  If you’re wondering, the blue and yellow tank in the foreground is painted the Ukrainian colors.

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Gears

What do you think of this photo?  It’s one of those photos that I like but am not sure whether anyone else will like it or not. 

This pile of gears was inside the main building at Carrie Furnace.  I liked this perspective with all the gears going from the foreground to mid photo with the rest of the industrial building in the back ground.  Anyway… thoughts on this?

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Downtown Pitt

I took this photo with my drone a few months ago in downtown Pittsburgh at dawn.  The site wasn’t really even awake yet.  This is a perspective not seen often.  I like the leading lines with the road heading towards the Highmark building and the road along the river.

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Children's Summer Camp

This summer camp outside of Chernobyl had dozens of these little cabins with fun little murals painted on their sides.  We spent a little time walking around exploring what must have been a great time back when it was operational.  The camp sits on a hill overlooking the Pripyat River.  This was probably a very happy place prior to the nuclear disaster.

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Travel Sunrise

I scrolled through numerous photos in my archive tonight looking for something to post.  I came across this photo I took while on one of our cruises.  Per my normal process, I was up before 99% of the passengers trying to capture the ultimate sunrise photo.  I don’t think photo falls into the ultimate photo category, but I like it a bunch.

 

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