Pittsburgh, PA – Roberto Clemente (HDR)

Roberto Clemente HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomtaix, Color Efex Pro

One of the reasons why I am a Pittsburgh sports fan was watching Roberto Clemente play baseball.  I was quite young, but it stuck in my mind and I instantly became a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!  This statue of Roberto is located outside of PNC Park – where the Pirates play baseball.   The partial section of the bridge you see in this photo to the right is called the Clemente Bridge.  This bridge is closed down before all games as the fans can walk across it from downtown and enjoy some great views of PNC Park!

Roberto played for the Pirates his whole career.  Here is some info from the web:   He was one of the greatest baseball players ever to play right field and arguably to play the game. Watching Clemente track down balls that were bound for an extra base hit was thrilling. Watching him gracefully catch a deep fly ball and throw a strike to the catcher to cut down the runner was incredible. Tearing around the bases at full speed, legging out another extra base hit was exciting. Those were some of the natural skills that Latino legend Roberto Clemente portrayed when he played the game of baseball.  On December 31, 1972, Clemente was on a plane bound for Nicaragua to help with relief (food and supplies) for the earthquake victims and sadly his plane crashed into the ocean.  He is now in the Hall of Fame and this statue outside the ballpark is to commemorate his wonderful career.  Roberto is known at “The Great One” to all Pirate fans!  Many Latino players wear #21 in honor of Roberto.

This was my first capture of a statue in HDR.  The color version is located on my web site TalkePhotography.  This shot was the standard – 5 exposures, cable release, tripod and post process in Photomatix.  I wanted to give a different feel to the color version, so I played with some filters in Color Efex Pro 3.0 and this was the outcome.  A nice dated look.  Enjoy!