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author robinschooley (Robin Schooley)
title Duquesne Incline at Sunset
date10/7/2003 9:53:36 PM
detailsFor Rachel & Cheryl who both say they want to ride it down Mt. Washington.
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1 Bogdan   (10/7/2003 10:32:58 PM)
Very well composed and presented.
2 Hazel   (10/7/2003 10:47:28 PM)
A lot of detail and good sharpness all through the picture.
3 Andy P. (No Friends - No Blinks)   (10/7/2003 10:53:54 PM)
Robin you may have just broken the record for levels of distance in a photograph. The sense of scale is larger than life here (no pun intended)! Look we have a vibrant little red something and then some trees. Then the road, then all the layers of the buildings, then ANOTHER bridge way in the background to let the eye compare both bridges. Then the distant hills and the clouds to back it all. I am also blown away with how well you composed this scene. There is incredible shadow detail and no overblown highlights that ruin it. Incredible shot, Robin! 9.3
4 Alexander V (Alexander Voroshilov)   (10/8/2003 1:17:12 AM)
Nice view!
Good work!
5 Wayne Morgan (( ;-)   (10/8/2003 2:49:50 AM)
Great shot, Robin. Beautiful!
6 Lorraine54 (Don't worry be Happy and comment more)   (10/8/2003 6:19:53 AM)
I always love the depth you get in your cityscapes, the light on the buildings is so pretty and nice puffy clouds too. The red car really stands against the green foilage, beautifully done.
7 Armando Jorge   (10/8/2003 6:21:13 AM)
Excellent composition !! Great details and colors !! rgds
8 Gavin Dewar   (10/8/2003 8:30:56 AM)
Amazing shot, Robin. I love the distant view of the horizon beyond the city. Gives real sense of height. Good sky as well.
9 Jeanne Miller   (10/8/2003 9:06:38 AM)
What a great comment Andy made, Robin. I voted for it because I learned quite a bit from his remarks. I have liked other Pgh views from you better than this one, but I am very impressed with all he pointed out here. Btw, is there a Frick bldg in downtown Pgh?
10 Mike Blanchard   (10/8/2003 9:44:19 AM)
Well done Robin. I love the perspective and the red up front but your exposure is downright masterful. Impressive shot.
11 Jorge Coimbra   (10/8/2003 9:57:44 AM)
Good exposure in interesting shot.
12 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (10/8/2003 10:00:42 AM)
Wonderful lighing and perspective Robin, I've got to come out to Pittsburgh some time, it really is a photogenic city! And next time you're in Philly we've got to take those shots we talked about!
13 Roger Ranney (Don't block the shot)   (10/8/2003 11:41:03 AM)
Very atractive coloring Robin. The brilliant reds, yellows and greens leading off to the more pastel colors of the bg. Wonderful accomplishment.
14 rachelbilodeau (Rachel Bilodeau)   (10/8/2003 2:08:10 PM)
fantastic response to my question of yesterday Robin - and I can't wait to go out shooting there with you - make sure George comes too when I am there hehehehehe - the more the merrier and we will work on Cheryl - great shot, wonderful colors and I love Andy's comment too. The angle is fantastic and the little train (funicular) quite visible here.
15 Fernando Dias   (10/8/2003 2:15:02 PM)
Great composition and colors! Beautiful.
16 Jonathan Wise   (10/8/2003 2:28:45 PM)
So good,chock a block full of space.
17 ha kong sang (stephen ha)   (10/8/2003 3:13:39 PM)
Nice shot , good compose .
18 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (10/8/2003 3:15:18 PM)
Oh I can't wait to ride this up and down the mountain with you and Rachel, maybe we can ride outside on top and get lots of good pics! it's like you live on a hill and can just come to the edge and look out upon your city anytime you want..great photo, I agree with Andy. was this with your new toy?
19 wcmoore   (10/8/2003 4:50:08 PM)
that's a gourgeous city scape photo....
20 Lockhart   (10/8/2003 5:42:49 PM)
WOW Robin! Wonderful clarity and great DOF. Love the colors too, but I would expect that from you. What lens? That Rebel seems to be doing great things for you. Miss you already, did not have enough time to chat. And, no, I am not using the wideangle, well, maybe the 200mm. LOL. Bill
21 Ruud (they just ain't worth it)   (10/8/2003 7:05:15 PM)
Dito Andy, awesome view!!!
22 MJFerron   (10/8/2003 7:29:10 PM)
A beautiful cityscape Robin. The red coach in the foreground works well and the skyline looks great.
23 robinschooley (Robin Schooley)   (10/8/2003 7:34:21 PM)
Wow... I never expected the response this image has gotten. To be honest, I posted it in response to a question asked by Rachel in an IM conversation last night. But here is the actual story behind the image. This was shot with my Oly C-4000 about 3 weeks ago. It was late afternoon on a Monday andsome really interesting clouds were starting to form.

I knew they would look really cool at sunset, so I decised to hop in the car and drive downtown. Actually, I have Marty to thank for making me so aware of the importance of clouds. But anyway, I parked at the bottom of the Duquesne Incline Station and rode the 126 year old car up to the top of Mt. Washington. On my way to one of my favorite shooting locations up there I stopped and took this shot from the observation platform. The camera was in auto mode with fill flash added, but I was also using a 2 stop ND grad. I have to be honest though... I did have bring out shadow detail, especially in the lower portion of the image in Photoshop.

I guess on the one hand I am surprised that this is as detailed as it is. The EXIF data says the aperature was f/2.8. But it was a clear night and the focus was at infinity, so I guess that also helped.
24 robinschooley (Robin Schooley)   (10/8/2003 7:34:45 PM)
I love my city and am very proud to have attention called to it. I will be glad to take any PBer on a personal tour which will include riding this funicular as well as the Monongahela Incline a mile up the road which was built in 1870... seven years before the Duquesne Incline.

And Jeanne... yes there is a Frick Building, built in 1901 for Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie's business partner and rival in later life. There is a very engaging story about the Frick Building, but I shall save that for when I have a decent image of it to post. I do have one where the building is barely visible, shot from the South Side that I will post next.

Again, thank you everyone for the great comments and support.
25 robinschooley (Robin Schooley)   (10/8/2003 7:56:40 PM)
Actually, as I look closely here I notice you can see the Frick Building... but just barely. If you look between the two silvery sky scrapers with some distance between them you will notice a shorter white building with sunlight on it. That is Henry Clay Frick's 1901 project, built directly in front of the Allegheny Courthouse... A Henry H. Richardson architectural masterpiece.
26 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (10/8/2003 10:23:56 PM)
I just voted for Andy's comment, too. This has to be among 1 of your best cityscapes of Pittsburgh, Robin. Since I worked late again and I'm dragging..., I'll just say I agree with all the nicest comments, and look forward to coming to Pittsburgh at some point in the future. (9)
27 Claudia Robinson (looie's mom :-o)   (10/8/2003 10:45:02 PM)
i can tell you love your city by the wonderful images you show us. this is exceptional. congrats!
28 cjm   (10/9/2003 3:16:59 AM)
robin you are making me so homesick. i would love to be able to see this up close and personal. i missed my regular one week visit home after my last three month stint. wonderful picture and i agree with andy's and claudia's comment
29 oneolden   (10/9/2003 6:51:19 AM)
Robin - this really is outstanding composition - a wonderful capture.
30 Adrian Meshad   (10/9/2003 8:12:51 PM)
31 Amuletum ( )   (10/9/2003 9:08:36 PM)
I just love that red car there - and I wanna ride, too! This is so nice, Robin - congrats.
32 Deb   (10/11/2003 9:35:34 AM)
This is tremendous! You composed this so well and everything looks glorious here. Love the red in the fg and the look of the clouds, the light on the buildings, the yellow in the bridge and how it picks up the yellow in the window panes on the red! Great work!
33 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (10/26/2003 4:11:08 PM)
Progressing from front to back, the front with its brillant red looks like a portion of a model railroading scene, then the serious realism of the city and the beautiful sky take hold, to amplify in the mind the wonderful light throughout. Nice one, Robin!
34 dido   (11/2/2003 7:15:00 AM)
Good cityscape robin. How about a tiny crop? (8.5)
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35 Kazimierz Morski   (11/7/2003 10:35:37 AM)
Very beautiful! Not to late? :))K.M.
36 Biliana ((I am against CHERYL B)   (11/7/2003 10:40:37 AM)
Great view and panorama. well done.
37 Kris Bass (peter pan is so real ))   (11/8/2003 1:42:17 PM)
Sorry this is so late in posting. This is a beautiful view. I love the perspective.
38 Kim Adams (Let's go Cardinals! )   (11/8/2003 7:15:42 PM)
I never tire of your cityscapes.It's all been said.
Lovely work.
39 made dharmadi   (11/9/2003 9:03:58 PM)
like animation...very good timing,
40 CGagné (Claude Gagné)   (11/27/2003 7:56:01 AM)
This is really fantastic! Very good light and you did a good job in the shadows area
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