Pittsburgh at Night

Published July 3, 2009 in Night Photography, Travel

I was born about 30 miles upstream from where this was taken and my memories of Pittsburgh from the early 1950s are of a city where all of the buildings were so dirty they appeared to be painted matte black and the air was so polluted that it made your eyes run and kept you from being able to see more than a couple of blocks.

What a difference 55 years can make!

When I went to Pittsburgh in 2009 for a convention I figured I was going back home – I was wrong. With the exception of the rivers, I didn’t recognize the place. Not only is the air clean, but so is the city. Far from being a nightmare of slums, Pittsburgh has turned into a living, vibrant city.

This picture was taken from the observation deck at the top of the Monongahela Incline by available light. I braced the Nikon D200 on top of the deck railing for the time exposure – then just barely made it to the last car of the night going down the incline.

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