Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pittsburgh - beautiful lines

Photo by:
Frank Kendralla
Wedding Photographer


I was walking to my car from photographing a bridal shower and noticed the beautiful lines and great saturation of color from the light coming through the wild looking sky.  I grabbed a few shots from different angles and this is one of my favorites.  I processed it in Lightroom and Topaz adjust to bring out the colors and lines. 

The second image is near where I was standing when I shot the first image.  All the lines from the railings and the climbing vines immediately caught my attention.  I couldn't pass this shot up.  In my mind, I imagined a couple standing near the opening, enjoying the view of the city.  No doubt, many couples stood in this same spot laughing and enjoying the time together.  Maybe they hid under the bridge just out of the view to sneak a quick kiss or stay dry from a hard rain. I can hear the laughter of little children as a brother hid around the opening waiting to scare his little sister as she passed by him crouched down hiding from her view. 

Life passes us by very quickly.   Each day we drive or walk by beautiful scenes, buildings, and amazing looking settings.  However, since we passed by them hundreds or even thousands of times, we fail to notice the beauty of the scene.  It is critical that each day we work on gaining a vision and not worrying about obtaining all the latest and greatest gear.  Each day, I am working on stopping and looking at the scenes around me.  These two images are part of a few fun images that I took from Station Square while walking to my car after photographing a bridal (wedding) shower.

Yes, obtaining the newest gear might be critical to obtain certain images.  However, there is no doubt in my mind that these two images are possible with minimal equipment.  Just as many others stated before me; it’s not about the camera, it is about obtaining a vision and learning to see the beauty of life.  Years ago, I read the book by Lance Armstrong, “It’s not about the bike”.  Without going into details about the book and its content, the title makes a great statement.  The same holds true with photography.  We see a beautiful image and want to know everything about the camera.  However, when we read a good book, do we ask what word processor was used to type the original document or the type of pen that was used when the author scratched down their notes?  No, we ask them what inspired them to write the book.  The same principal holds true with photography, before snapping a shot, think in your mind what do you want the image to look like. 

Look around, what do you see today that has been there for years but you never noticed?

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