One of the ways I get to places to shoot Street Photography. There is always interesting characters on the T in Pittsburgh. I really liked the silhouette of the big guy in the middle. Sometimes I will write a lot about a photo. Other times I will just let the photo speak for itself, like today.




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Market Square in Pittsburgh was buzzing with action this past weekend. A three day event of music of all kinds all day and into the night. Bands, DJ’s and ice cream! That’s right! The entire event was put on by Dream Cream Ice Cream. I believe other local sponsors as well, but they were the big one. It gave me the opportunity for some really fun Street Photography in Market Square itself as well as all over downtown.




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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!!


Patrolling the River

When I am out walking and doing “Street Photography” I change my entire mode of seeing and composing. I tend to lean towards Black & White for Street Photography. I have said it before and I will say it again, it takes me back to my roots in the early 80’s shooting B&W film. So I try and compose and see in B&W and even have a custom setting for it on my Canon 7D. Of course, shooting RAW, it may appear Black and White on my LCD after the shot, but once I upload to the computer, since it is RAW, it of course saves all the color info and appears in color. Then into either Topaz B&W I go or NIK Silver Efex. Depending on my mood I guess.




Today’s photo is of a boat that I had initially thought was a “police” boat but after looking at the photo on the computer I could read that it said “Conservation Officer” on it. Either way, I liked the shot and was along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh walking so I took it. I did not initially have the “Painterly Effect” in mind when processing this, but I really like how it turned out. I used Topaz B&W Effects for the processing on this image.


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Summer in the City

It really could not have been a better day! The sun was shining. The clouds were beautiful. There was a nice slight breeze. The city looked beautiful, and I was with my family. How can I top that? Summer in the City of Pittsburgh is really a sight to behold.


People in good moods, friendly to one another. A walk along the North Shore will consist of lots of different people. Folks walking their dogs, bicyclists, skateboarders, joggers, segways, rollerbladers, and lots of strollers! It seems my family was not the only one with the idea to just go for a walk along one of the most beautiful places in the city.




Today’s photo of the City of Pittsburgh is from the North Shore along the Allegheny River. I looked up at the skyline and saw how the clouds had formed and set up right away for this shot. It really is beautiful. It’s hard to put into words, hence why I share photos!


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It’s Time

Today our Pittsburgh Steelers report for training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Now don’t get me wrong, I love that our Bucco’s are playing so great this far into the baseball season and of course love the Penguins, but it’s football time! After the Steelers not making the playoffs last year, it really seems like forever since we’ve been able to watch them play. I’m ready. It’s Time!


This is a shot of Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers that I shot back in 2012. I have been meaning to get back down to the North Shore to get some new ones, but just have not made it yet. I will, however, get down there before the season starts. The only downfall is that once football starts, it means summer is half over already and fall, then winter are coming sooner than I want them to.




Have a great weekend everyone!


Into the Forest

I cannot seem to get out of this dark “black and white” mood I have been in for so long. It has definitely affected how I have been shooting and processing lately. I don’t feel bad, I’m just feeling “black and white” is all. I have shared a few HDR color shots recently, but when I was working on them, it just did not feel right to me at the time. Black and white is what I’m “feeling” right now and I’m just going to go with the flow.


Today’s shot is of a bridge that leads over a small creek on a path through the woods around my favorite local lake. The sun was starting to go down as we approached this bridge and it was pretty great to see the light sneak through the tree canopy and brighten up the center of the little bridge. I instantly dropped to my knees and just started shooting. Luckily it had rained recently and it was mud and not hard ground I dropped into or my knees would still be angry with me! My wife, who was following me, thought I had fallen until she saw I was shooting. She wasn’t exactly happy I had just gotten all muddy, but hey, I’m a boy, we get dirty!




This was originally a 3 shot hand held HDR but I found no matter what I did processing it, it was too green. I then ran it through Nik Silver Efex and after several variations I came up with this.

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