No Shortage

One thing that there are no shortage of in Pittsburgh are bridges. If you enjoy photography and like to shoot architecture, then the bridges make for great subjects. In Pittsburgh alone there are 446 bridges. We are definitely the “City of Bridges”. I can spend days downtown just picking different bridges to shoot and never really run out of subjects.


Today’s photo is of the Fort Duquesne bridge which connects downtown to the north shore near the Pittsburgh Steelers home, Heinz Field. It crosses the Allegheny River and is a two tiered bridge that allows incoming traffic on the bottom deck and outbound on the top. It also has a pedestrian walkway which allows for some nice views of the Point and the confluence of the Three Rivers. I have sat on this bridge many times waiting to get to football games and concerts at the stadium. This shot was taken on the downtown side near Point State Park late last summer. The sun was beginning to set and cast a nice light on the entire bridge bringing out the “Pittsburgh Gold” that so many of our bridges are painted.




Up river you can see PNC Park and the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

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Today, I’m sharing a shot I took a few weeks back while walking on the North Side of Pittsburgh prior to sunrise with Mike Criswell. We spotted this building all lit up for the day’s workers to arrive and decided to get some shots of it. We were standing on the sidewalk when a security guard came out and informed us that we were not allowed to take photos of this building without management approval. I did inform him since I was standing on a Public Sidewalk that I did not need permission and the back and forth started. Since I didn’t feel like wasting time, and Mike and I had already got some shots, I told him he was wrong and could “Google” photographers rights about shooting from public places but I didn’t have time for him.


We didn’t want to miss sunrise and I’ve already shared a few shots from this morning on previous posts. This building though, looked so cool and had so much glass and lines that we had to get shots of it. This is my Black and White version. I will share the color one in a future post sometime.




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The Gateway

Some folks are not even aware that the City of Pittsburgh has a subway. Us locals call it the T or trolley because that’s what they used to be before they built the underground system in downtown Pittsburgh. Now the T has much more modern trains rather than the old trolley’s. The former Gateway Plaza station was the last station in the city. It closed in 2009 to allow for the “North Shore Connector”, a tunnel under the Allegheny River to the North Side, to be built. It reopened in 2012 at a new location and is now known as The Gateway T station, dropping the “plaza” off. The T now connects folks from stops all over the South Hills through the downtown area and now over to the North Side with the last stop being right next to Heinz Field near Gate C.




Today’s photo is of the new Gateway T station. Behind it reaching into the sky you can see the PPG building with the spikes lit up. I shot this last week after spending the evening shooting with Mike Criswell and waiting for my ride home. I was originally going to just get on the T and head home, but instead arranged a pick up not far from the T station. I used to ride the T every day to get downtown for work, most days you could always run into some rather interesting people on it. Especially late at night! It’s always been very safe though.


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Have a Seat

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting and going out shooting with Mike Criswell. He had contacted me and wanted to go shoot around Pittsburgh a while back and we finally got to do it. It was really a good time and I look forward to shooting with him again! If you’re not familiar with Mike’s work, check out his website at Michael “Theaterwiz” Criswell Photography, he does amazing work!


Today’s photo was taken as the sun was starting to come up from the North Shore of Pittsburgh. Mike and I had met at about 5am and worked our way from downtown to the North Shore. The colors as the sun rose really looked promising for an amazing sunrise and it was lighting up the Andy Warhol bridge and everything in a beautiful glowing red. We had been in this spot since dark and were shooting from different places when I decided that this bench was a terrific spot to “Have a Seat” and view the colors appearing before us. This was a 5 shot bracket that I edited in Photomatix and then in Nik Color Efex. We stuck around for a while before moving on.




Lots more shots of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh up in Oakland coming from my adventure shooting with Theaterwiz! Thanks for stopping and thanks again to Mike for a great time!


You’re in Steelers Country

A quick post and photo for this Friday! I want to thanks all the folks who have been visiting and liking my work! I really appreciate it!


Today’s photo is along the North Shore River Walk of a boat all decked out before the Steelers first preseason game this year. I figured this would be fitting for the first “Official” weekend of NFL and Steelers football!




I hope everyone has a great weekend! GO STEELERS!!


Cooling Off

Since several of my photog friends have iPhone Friday themes on their blogs, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and start doing this as well. They all seem to share such wonderful photos that I really want to do this as well and expand and test my skills. It makes me pull the iPhone out and use it as a camera more than I have in the past. I think I’m going to like this.


Today’s shot is of the waterfall fountain along the North Shore River walk in Pittsburgh. I really love the architecture and design of this thing. It was a warm day last Saturday and lots of people were either kicking their shoes off and wading in, or they already had sandals or flip flops on and just walked right in. I shot this photo with VSCOcam and then added textures to it with Mextures. I am still learning the software, and am pretty happy with the results. I don’t know why I haven’t done this more in the past, I really am enjoying it!




Have a Great weekend Everyone!



I hope everyone had a good weekend! Mine went well. On Saturday morning, we were going to head downtown to the City of Pittsburgh to get some shots of the “Knit the Bridge” project where they were covering the entire Andy Warhol Bridge in yarn. Unfortunately, when we arrived they hadn’t had much of it even really started yet so we decided to make the best of it by walking over to the North Shore and getting some shots there.


Today’s photo was taken from the parking garage we had parked in. I walked over to the edge to have a look at what was out there and saw all these reflections in the different buildings so  I had to grab this shot!




We wound up having a really good time and got quite a few good photos that day. I will be sharing more soon. I hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for stopping and feel free to leave comments here! I really love the feedback and I will try and get to everyone’s blog myself as well!




Under the Fort Pitt Bridge

I know I previously posted a shot from under the Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh, but I do not think I ever shared this one. This shot was taken underneath the Fort Pitt Bridge on the south side of town near Station Square. If you have ever flown into Pittsburgh and then driven to the city, you more than likely went through the Fort Pitt Tunnel and then across this bridge.


The light was definitely not optimal for this shot. I wasn’t planning on being at this location that day and it was after noon when we got here. I wanted a nice HDR shot of it but the sun was just blasting down on me from almost directly above and so a color version of this shot was definitely not going to work.




I decided to still try the bracketed HDR shot but after running it through Photomatix I just couldn’t come up with a color version I was happy with. I wound up instead processing with Nik Silver Efex Pro and was really happy with the results. This is a spot I do want to shoot again at sunrise and sunset. Maybe a blue hour shot from here! Regardless, I hadn’t planned on this photo at all that day, so I am pleased it worked out. I will share another when I get down there on a “planned” day though.


Thanks for visiting today! The weekends almost here!



You never know what you’re going to see when looking up in a city. Lot’s of times I try to avoid it because I’m worried about pigeons and being bombed. On this occasion though, when I looked up and the lines of the building led my eye, I sat down with my cam on the tripod and had to shoot this. What is amazing is I had not noticed the reflection of the other building perfectly in the building I was shooting glass windows. It wasn’t until I had got home and looked at them on the computer that I saw it. Wow! I thought.


If you haven’t noticed, I have been going back to my roots in photography a lot lately. I began in the mid 1980’s shooting on a completely manual Pentax K1000 all black and white. I stayed with black and white for a long time because it was cheaper really. My entire darkroom was all set up for black and white development. I didn’t mind. I really “saw” in black and white back in those days. Plus, I couldn’t afford to get everything for color development! I did a ton of street photography back then. I would be downtown, and since I had a student pass, I could hop on a bus anywhere for free. Half the time I didn’t even care where I was going, just hop on the bus and hop off somewhere and look for shots. It was AMAZING fun! I really miss it. So, with my DSLR, I have been trying to see more in “black and white” and shoot that way lately. Nik Silver Efex for processing just makes it even more fun!




I will of course still shoot HDR, Macro, etc.but the best way to describe it to everyone is I “FEEL” I NEED to be shooting and processing in black and white right now. It’s my mood. It’s how things are for the moment. I have to go with the flow.


Thanks for stopping everyone! Have a great day!