I must say this is my fave spot in Pittsburgh. The best time of the year to take pictures from this spot is from October to early April.
One of the most famous place for hikers, bikers and surfers in South West Pennsylvania is OhioPyle. It’s the Summer paradise. I always love going to ohiopyle, doesn’t matter whether it summer or frozen winter. It’s about 90 minutes drive from Pittsburgh. I started at 4:30 AM from Pittsburgh so that I could be at Baughman Rock Overlook before sunrise. Baughman Rock overlook is situated just outside of Ohiopyle on Sugarloaf Road. This scenic overlook provides a stunning view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge above Ohiopyle. It was nice to see some photographers from Greensburg, PA in the early morning on this isolated place. For few moments, I thought coming up early here is going to be in vein because of overcast. The fellow photographers from Greenburgh they left early thinking that the sun show up. But I decided to wait for few minutes, I know Sun will definitely show up behind the clouds. So the bottom line is “You need a patience”.
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I was planning to make a trip to Hocking Hill’s since long time. There is so much that makes Hocking Hills State Park unique. Cascading waterfalls, breathtaking cliffs, deep recess caves and forestland as far as the eye can see are just a few distinctive features of the region. There are six major hiking areas in Hocking Hills State Park – Ash Cave, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, Conkle’s Hollow, Cedar Falls and Cantwell Cliffs. I started my hiking from Old Man’s cave. Old Man’s Cave is a grand display of nature’s beauty with its covering of Eastern Hemlocks, sheer cliffs and waterfalls. As there was less rains so the amount of water was less on the creek. The Upper falls is pretty close to the parking place. Before I start my hiking I stopped for a while on the guided map area and try to figure out the trail map. As I reached pretty early in the morning I could barely see anyone out there. But as I keep walking I started seeing people in the trail. Here are some of the images that I captured during my trip to Old man’s cave in Hocking Hills state park. Upper Falls, Old Man’s Cave
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Hope my friends in USA had a great time on last week. There was so many fireworks everywhere. If I would say there is a fireworks in every month in Pittsburgh that wouldn’t be wrong. If you miss one fireworks then I am pretty sure you can be able to see fireworks on next month in Pittsburgh. So my new blog is on fireworks. I am going to share some of amazing fireworks pictures I have taken on Yinzburgh i.e. Pittsburgh which is also known as Steelcity.
Undoubtedly Pittsburgh has some amazing spot from where we can take great fireworks pictures along with the Skyline. For below image I choose a parking place in downtown and I waited more than an hour to get this picture. So this is one of my favourite image.
For next images I went to Schenley park. I was thinking to get shots of fireworks from this place since long time. I wasn’t sure if i will get good shots. But I think my decision wasn’t wrong. I really got some great shots from this place too.
So for the last set of fireworks images, I am posting from last week 4th of July celebration. There are few great view points in Pittsburgh from where we can see great fireworks. One of them is West End Bridge. I reach West End Bridge well ahead of time so that I can get nice place to stand and get the shots. Couple of years back when I went to West End Bridge to shot the 4th of July Fireworks there were more crowds and less photog. but this time I have seen its just reverse. That good.
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Pittsburgh has some great sunrise point. One of my favourite view point is “Point of View Park”. It sits on the edge of Mt. Washington (Grandview Avenue at Sweetbriar Street) on the westernmost end of Grand View Scenic Byway Park. The park is named for a landmark public sculpture in bronze by James A. West, “Point of View”. The piece depicts George Washington and the Seneca leader Guyasuta, with their weapons down, in a face-to-face meeting in October 1770, when the two men met while Washington was in the area examining land for future settlement along the Ohio River. When I reached at 5 AM at Point of View Park, the sky was slowly changing its color. Below Two shots are just before sun was getting rise above the horizon.
I spent more then an hour before and after sunrise and got some really incredible shots. These two shots I took while sun was just above the horizon.
I was about to leave the place when I did see the wave of clouds was travelling to the Pittsburgh Skyline. I can’t stop myself to capture them on my camera.
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Thank you very much to all who like my last post about McConnells Mill State Park . I always try to capture the view of Pittsburgh and its skyline from DIfferent perspective. Point at Point state Park is always a favourite place for me to take photos of skyline during early morning. Here are some of the photos I took during sunrise and sunset at Point.
Last but not the least and my favourite shot from Point state park.
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McConnells Mill State Park is located about 55 miles from Pittsburgh. The park features a deep scenic gorge with the restored watermill and a covered bridge at the bottom. There are several trails in the park, including a pair that lead to a waterfall. Its been a while I haven’t to hiking and thought of going to McConnells Mill with my camera bag.
The first waterfall is Alpha falls. I park in the Alpha pass and follow the trail sign. There are some stairs to go down to the falls.
After spending an hour on the Alpha falls I headed to the picnic area where I parked my and follow the trail to get down the watermill. The mill has a dam area that has a man made waterfall. So my next water falls is Kildoo Trail, It begins and ends at the McConnells Mill Covered Bridge and follows the banks of Slippery Rock Creek.