Black And White Pittsburgh: Warhol Bridge, Skyline, Goose

Time to start another ongoing series of images. I've done a few posts in my "Chicago In Black and White" where I feature images captured with my film cameras loaded with black & white film. I'm starting another series, this time focusing on my hometown of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a town full of interesting subjects to put a camera to. With three rivers, more bridges than just about any city on the planet (except for perhaps Venice, Italy), varied topography and lots of great architecture., Pittsburgh is a bit of a photographer's dream. Growing up I wasn't into photography so I will try and make up for lost time/opportunities whenever I get back there.

A few weeks ago Pam and I went back to "the 'burgh" for a visit. I took my Rolleicord as well as my DSLR with the hopes of getting out to make some photos. I managed to get out for a few hours with a friend on a rainy, cloudy morning. We started our photo walk near PNC park, which is on the North shore of the Allegheny River. I set up the Rolleicord on the tripod near the Andy Warhol Bridge and framed this shot:

A view of Pittsburgh and the Warhol Bridge from across the Allegheny River

 Inspiration and Information

We started around 8AM in mostly overcast but calm weather. The Allegheny River was pretty calm and there were some nice reflections of the buildings on the water. I wanted to capture as much of that as possible, along with the Warhol Bridge. I had the Rolleicord loaded with a roll of Neopan Acros 100, which is becoming a favorite film of mine, and as I set the camera on the tripod I noticed a lone Canada Goose swimming down the river. I thought that would be a nice element in the image so I composed the image in the viewfinder, double checked the exposure and waited until the Goose got a little more than halfway through the frame before firing the shutter.

When I got the negative scanned and opened it up in Lightroom I had to clean up a fair amount of "dust bunnies" from the image as well as reduce the highlights a bit to get some detail back in the sky. That's the nice thing about film, there's a lot of room for adjustment.

Stay tuned for a few more images of Pittsburgh on film. This will definitely be a longer term project as we don't get up there as much as I'd like but when we do I plan on making as many black & white film images as I can.