365-345 Me and about a thousand other people

I made a visit into downtown Pittsburgh today to check on a place that I need to visit later in the week. Since I have to go there early during morning rush I wanted to be sure of where I needed to go and park. While I was there today I thought I would easily be able to get a few pictures. My thought was that it was Sunday in December, cold, and there were no sporting events happening that I was aware of, so the city would be empty. Wrong! I couldn’t find an open parking space anywhere and the amount of people on the street was incredible, considering the above criteria. With nice bright and harsh sunlight I was seeing plenty of cool urban photos from my car but I couldn’t find anywhere to park within a decent walking distance. Finally I succumbed to parking in a garage near the PPG Place. By then the dramatic lighting that I liked was had gone behind the buildings so I was reduced to getting some normal travel type photos around the skating rink. I tried what I thought were some creative shots but they didn’t turn out too well. Even though this photo is somewhat normal (for me at least) I thought it was the best of the bunch. I’m sure about a thousand other people got the same photo as cameras were snapping everywhere. I even saw a family where mom and dad were lugging around Canon 5d MkII’s with big L lenses!? Crazy. I added a little grain and warmth for a somewhat vintage look. Pentax K20D, DA18-135.  Happy Holidays!

Christmas in Pittsburgh

© David Guidas

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