Sunset In Pittsburgh

Took a walk around Highland Park reservoir with the camera tonight. I needed a tripod for some stuff as the night got darker, but most of it was done handheld.

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The next two were done with ISO 800. Loving the 4/3 image sensor.

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If you are getting a slightly saturated feel, yeah, I still haven’t gotten over Velvia 36.

sky 1

What are you up to?

55 replies
  1. 1
    TenguPhule says:

    It’s hot and humid tonight.

    And I have no AC.

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    Zifnab says:


    Kicking Colorado ass and taking names.

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    Yutsano says:

    Beautimous Tim. Simply beautimous.

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    Gorgeous, Tim F.

    @Yutsano: Yo! How the hell are you?

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    Keep Pittsburgh and your sunsets.

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    Strandedvandal says:

    Just bought a Pentax D
    K20D for my wife. Great camera! She went out to the cyclocross races today and took some great pictures. The 1/4000 shutter speed stops the spokes dead, no blur at all.

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    Annie says:

    Are you talking about Highland Park in Pittsburgh? If so, although I grew up there — well in Squirrel Hill — I passed that place many times particularly on my way to my best friend in Fox Chapel, I never realized how beautiful it was! WOW…

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Getting about as much sleep as you lately (mostly due to incompatible schedules with housemates) and enjoying a night off where I actually DID nothing for the first time in forever. I haven’t really caught up since my days off got switched around (though I do like having college football Saturdays off) but I think I’m starting. That and a long convo with the Dawg has elevated my mood quite nicely. Did you happen to Google Patrick Kearney? These server crashes mean I never know what gets through anymore.

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    I’ve been on hold all evening. I’m trying to let DHS know about this suspicious character I saw taking pictures of the reservoir around sunset …

    I kid. Those are great pictures, thanks for sharing them with us.

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    JK says:


    Brilliant photographs.. I prefer these to photos of insects.

    Are you familiar with or

    I like to browse the photos on these sites. Do you have any favorite sites to visit for browsing photos? I’d love to see someone start a thread on the best sites to visit for cool photos.

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    jeffreyw says:

    Well, around 2:30 i was diddlin with some computer tweaks when I realized I needed to get dinner going for the missus, so I clicked to restart my vista laptop and went in the kitchen to take care of business. Came back, expecting to see the desktop, but instead was treated to a dos progress bar tellin me that the factory image was loadin.

    And I’m all WTF and goddammit and so on, watched the progress bar till it reached the end and then got to see the dos cmd screen going all “couldn’t find a partition to mount” or some other such arcana. Finally bit the bullet and dug up the vista install dvd and set it goin.

    Once installed I plugged in my usb hard drive, the one that just last night accepted a full system backup and got the thing doing it’s reverse backup or whatever. All I can say for sure it did was save my emails and settings.

    Alas, Firefox is now brand new and I’ve been some hours now reinstalling plug ins and addons.

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    @Yutsano: No, but now that I have, I’m a little bit nervous as to why you wanted me to Google him.

    Or did you mean Patrick Kerney?

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    Tim F. says:

    @Brick Oven Bill: You’re just lucky that god gave the west more sky than anyone else.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: I bet I’m spelling the name wrong, but whichever one plays defense for the Seachickens, that’s the one I mean.

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    @Yutsano: Whew. The other one is a nasty sumbitch. OK. I have Googled the correct guy, Patrick Kerney. You mention him because, why? You are hot for him and you met him?

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: When we got him from the Falcons, I kinda rubbed it in the face of a few Atlantean friends of mine. And yeah, I think he’s kinda on the nummy side.

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    General Winfield Stuck says:

    We didn’t much of a monsoon season this summer, where I usually get some good sunsets here in the desert SW.

    But here is one from last year


    And I still have Hummers hanging on.

    A fairly recent one

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    teak111 says:

    Crowie and Chrissi do it again!

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    @Yutsano: You can have him. Not my type.

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    This is an evening for baking muffins! I make a couple batches on the weekend and use them for breakfast and snacks all the following week. Yay muffins!

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    jharp says:

    Always loved the city of Pittsburgh. And I’m a Cleveland guy.

    Fort Pitt museum is awesome. And it’s the most confusing traffic wise of any U.S. city.

    Used to hang around Station Square? And eat devonshires. About 1990 ish.

    And now a Colts fan and we’re gonna kick your ass.

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    Tim F. says:

    @JK: I belonged to for a while, but for now the functionality at flickr and the ability to synch with my yahoo account makes it too convenient to do anything else. Pbase looked pretty cool.

    @General Winfield Stuck: You know I’m a fan of your bird pics, but that one is tagged private.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Xecky Gilchrist: Grrr…must…buy…Kitchen…Aid…mixer…soon!

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    General Winfield Stuck says:

    @Tim F.:

    Sorry about that. I am such a dork. It was tagged for flickr friends only, now full public.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Ahh comme si comme ça. :)

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    @Yutsano: Good thing, too, because then you and I can go cruising together! If the Dawg would allow it.

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    wag says:

    /Users/wagsr/Desktop/VAl Bruna.JPG

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    @Yutsano: I do all the mixing by hand. Muffins are pretty easy. I do, however, have a mixer and utterly dig it (a wedding present from an extremely thoughtful sister-in-law).

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    General Winfield Stuck says:

    For anyone interested, the season opener of Frontline has a 30 minute preview of “Obama’s War” about Afghanistan. I watched it and per usual Frontline is our national treasure of documentary makers.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: Well, if he ends up stationed in Holland (which he would probably love and would drive me meschugnah) then yeah cruising is allowed. Hell knowing him if I was having a good time he’d be all for it.

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    I got recording and ended up with a freakin’ Talking Heads track. This is awesome (y/y). Got a bit more tracking to do on it tomorrow, then it’ll be done. All kindsa psyched. :)

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    @Yutsano: Aw, I’m sorry to hear he might be stationed so far away, but it’s great that he’s cool with you going cruising.

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    Nellcote says:

    Foto sites:

    The Library of Congress has a lot of it’s collection on line:

    Space, the final frontier:

    Just for fun & winter’s coming:

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Nice, Tim. You complete me.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: I dated a Canadian, so I’m kinda used to the severe international LD thing. Granted he was in Vancouver and only a six hour drive away, but the concept is still there. Plus any excuse to go to Europe is okay by me!

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    demimondian says:

    I’m writing unit tests. Currently, the ratio between the time it takes to write each production component and the time it takes to write the unit tests for each of those components is running about 1:3. I’m about to start on the component which took me three days to write (yes, it’s only about fifty lines of C++, but it required working around some generally-correct-but-in-this-case-wrong assumptions in a library). That means I’ll be working for the next nine days to write this unit test.

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    trollhattan says:

    Tim F., you’re doing well with the E-P1–really wringing out nice colors and detail.

    General WS, wonderful hummer shots. I occasionally try to capture them when visiting the inlaws, but in flight is tough. Parked at the feeder gives me a better chance.


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    General Winfield Stuck says:


    WoW! Incredible detail. Just stunning!!!

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    JK says:


    Outstanding photo.

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    JK says:


    Fantastic sites. Thanks so much for posting these.

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    trollhattan says:

    @General WS,

    Thank you sir, that’s a valued compliment coming from someone so accomplished. I have much, much left to learn.

    An aside to Tim F.–that’s four-thirds too, bruddah.

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    Velvia 36, eh? Are you shooting raw or JPEG, Tim?

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    @Yutsano: So you would go with him? Or you would visit him there?

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: I gots my job here and I’m pretty much in love with the Pacific Northwest so I wouldn’t move unless I absolutely had to. Plus Holland is not necessarily set in stone, he could end up in Belgium or possibly somewhere stateside so it’s pretty much a take it as it comes situation. But I would for sure spend a week in the Netherlands just to pick on him mercilessly. :)

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    Beautiful pics Tim, around here unless there’s a forest fire going the air is too clean to get many such sunsets.

    It made it into the very low 50s F today, by 1/2 hour after sunset it was 32F and depending on which weather guesser you pay attention to it will be 14F or 16F for a low. That’s a tad chilly for 10/10. In fact a record. The Harley stayed parked in the garage tonight, I may be addicted to the thing but … that’s chilly, especially with the humidity all the way up to 38%.

    I know, I’m spoiled, our average humidity is around 15% and when it is actually dry, it is 5%.

    Between this cold crap and last Sat’s snow, 6in of wet, wet stuff that stuck in the mountains, and all of a sudden actual work with time constraints my hunting season has gotten screwed. I get a 10 day buck season and one week of it is shot already. I don’t know that I’m an avid enough hunter to do 6AM sunrise in the mountains at these temps.

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    Atanarjuat says:

    Nice pics, Tim. That E-P1 of yours is a great little camera.

    If you continue going down the landscape photo path, you might want to look into some HDR (that is if you haven’t already).

    I decided to forgo the Panasonic DMC-GF1 in favor of a future GF2. The current model is great, of course, and the autofocus is lightning-fast (tried it out myself at B&H), but I realized that I still prize compactness overall. Otherwise I’d be carrying around my Canon 1D Mk. III everywhere and anywhere, along with the attendant bagful of overpriced L lenses.

    I pre-ordered and am receiving the Canon S90 instead. It’ll be here Wednesday. I’ll share the images on BJ once I get past the shooting-pets-indoor-phase (in my case, toddlers!).


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    Silver Owl says:

    Your photos are beautiful.

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    zoe kentucky in pittsburgh says:

    Amazing photos, Tim. The sky was lovely last eve, glad you got it on film.

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    @trollhattan: Wow. It looks like its wearing armor. Does your shutter work at just under the speed of light or is that thing dead and stuffed?

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    Look, I haven’t had any caffeine yet. God damn no edit in ff.

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    Svensker says:


    How the HELL did you get that shot? What kind of camera do you use? Wow.

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    @trollhattan: Late to this party, but that is an amazing shot.

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    canuckistani says:

    In an interesting display of synchronicity, I was drinking Highland Park Single Malt Scotch when you were out taking pictures.

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    trollhattan says:

    @ Kommrade RV #49

    ‘E’s just pinin’ for the fjords :-) (I categorically deny nailing his feet to the perch.)

    @ Svensker & Xecky Gilchirst

    Thanks very much. It was an Olympus E-30 with Zuiko ED 50-200 plus Zuiko EC14 teleconverter on a monopod. Sunlight only (no flash).

    If I’m going to get serious about chasing critters I need to switch to a tripod and gimbal head. I’m probably getting three keepers for every hundred I shoot handheld or with a monopod, especially from that close with a DOF of a few millimeters and, uh, nervous subjects. (I was too cheap to learn to do this in the film era.)

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    Gorgeous pictures Tim! :D

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