Last summer I did a photoshoot for my cousin’s senior pictures. At the time I didn’t play to much with the images. Just yesterday I decided to drag them into Lightroom and start processing them in preparation for graduation season. This photo was one I had originally passed over as useful. This second look through something about the flare and the placement near her head really drew me in. After a little processing this photo has become one of my favorites from the set. Looking at it just makes me feel good.
I love Pittsburgh. One of my favorite places in Pittsburgh is a derelict piece of mining real estate nestled on the edge of Rankin, PA known as Carrie Furnace. This isn’t the first article I’ve written about Carrie and hopefully it won’t be the last. Carrie Furnace was built well over 100 years ago in 1881 to be exact and today blast furnaces 6 and 7 stand tall in the large field that once stood home to Homestead Steel Works. Today local historic group Rivers of Steel maintains the property. I was lucky enough to make friends with the fine folk at Rivers of Steel, and these are some of the photos that I never got around to posting from a late September visit to this incredible remainder of Pittsburgh’s steel industry.
The spine in the middle of the frame is known as Devil’s Backbone. It’s one of the best looking zones over on Loveland Pass, but it’s also one of the deadliest. Every year some unfortunate soul heeds no attention to conditions and causes some kind of a major slide that takes a life. I look at some of the peaks around me in awe and excitement, but the proper respect must always be given to such deadly wonders of nature.
Continental Divide Ridgeline, Loveland Pass, Colorado, a photo by Mike McKelvey on Flickr.
Absolutely stunning clarity and contrast up in the mountains over the weekend. The jet streak in this photo doesn’t hurt either.