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DiCello: Need a new view of our city? Take flight!

Looking for new views of the city that you’ve shot thousands of times over the past couple of years can be tough. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the classics: North Shore, West End, Duquesne Incline. And with the right light, it can seem like you are looking at those views for the first time.

But every now and then, I just need a change of scenery.

So how about the view hanging out of the door of a helicopter?

Now, I used to have a drone, but that’s been long tucked away in a closet. It was fun, but I just couldn’t get exactly what I wanted out of aerial shoots. Enter Spiker Helicopters. It’s a quick 15-minute flight from Zelienople to Pittsburgh and, from there, the views are seemingly endless. From Homestead to Oakland, above Mount Washington and the North Shore, it’s one of my favorite ways to capture the city.

These are some of my favorite images from my most recent flight, May 23:

[caption id="attachment_350017" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A view from high above East Liberty. Never knew the roads there were so long and straight. - DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350027" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Pittsburgh icon of Kennywood. Incredible to see how compact the park is. - DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350030" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] And of course, any Kennywood shoot wouldn’t be complete without the Racer.- DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350031" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The North Shore is a far cry from where it was 20 years ago, with PNC Park and Heinz Field. - DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350028" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] My favorite view to capture from the air, straight on to Downtown. - DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350033" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] I always think of the Cathedral of Learning and the Steel Building as the Two Towers of Pittsburgh.- DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350034" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Pittsburgh was built on industry, and seeing Braddock's Edgar Thomson Steel Works from the air is so interesting. - DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350035" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Carrie Furnace has become well known for the younger generations for so much more than its original purpose. - DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_350040" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] From low above Mount Washington, the houses almost seem to be on the same level of the city. - DAVE DiCELLO[/caption]

For more photos or information on buying prints, please visit DaveDiCello.com or stop by my Downtown store inside the Highmark Building.