Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

Pittsburgh Spiral Staircase by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

November 2023 - Pittsburgh Spiral Staircase

About the Image(s)

This is from the last Pittsburgh Festival. The building is known as The Bank Tower. The image is based on a five shot bracket using a Canon 1 DX MK II and 16-35 F4 lens at 35mm. The bracket was at iso 6400 and F 16 with two shots at one stop intervals above and below a base exposure of 0.2 seconds which was at +.67 ev to the meter recommendation. The raw files were processed in DxO Pure Raw 3. The blend was done in Aurora 2019 using the Modesto preset. This preset enhanced the blue light coming through the windows along the staircase and hitting the normally bluish gray stairs. It isn’t perfectly true to the actual stair color as you would see them, but I felt the added emphasis on the color contrast between the stairs and the rails was a nice plus. The two landing steps (rectangles) you can see at the top step and one level down are actually pinkish marble. I found they overpowered the design and pulled the eye there, so I took a color sample from the stairs and blended that color in using a solid color fill layer and Hard Light blend mode with reduced opacity on the layer. A small crop to a bit more of a panel and a little sharpening with Topaz was all that remained.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Jane Ballard   Jane Ballard
Perfect! I LOVE the staircase and I love your treatment of it. The blue and orange are perfect complements of each other and make the image work! Superb!!!   Posted: 11/09/2023 12:45:54

Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Terrific image, Rick! I really enjoy the curves and lines in this image that bring everything out so perfectly. And the color harmony is spot on! I cannot suggest any improvements here.   Posted: 11/14/2023 13:41:44

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
I just LOVE this. The staircase and composition are wonderful, but the cool blue tones against the oranges, wowza! And the lines and curves are scrumptious.

"The two landing steps (rectangles) you can see at the top step and one level down are actually pinkish marble."

good decision!

I cannot think how to improve it! Wish I was there

"The raw files were processed in DxO Pure Raw 3"
I love PureRAW! To me it is the best noise reduction, other software takes out the noise but makes non-portraits too soft (the new ACR/LR) or introduces artifacts (not noticeable so much at low res or on social media, but print or zoom in to 100% and they are there from Topaz)   Posted: 11/25/2023 20:22:30

Max Burke   Max Burke
Rick, This is another masterpiece of photography, and you worked it over with numerous software programs to get these results. I have some of these programs but haven't mastered them, but I can take things from them to combine with my primary scenes. You are a very talented photographer and it shows in your pictures. I can't say anything to make it better.   Posted: 11/25/2023 22:36:31

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Fantastic! The colors are really nice, well done, not sure what else to add.   Posted: 11/29/2023 10:14:47