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!!


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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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!





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.


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Burgh Blue Hour

Since it is raining today, my plans to go shoot around the University of Pittsburgh have been scrubbed. I will have to reschedule. Sitting here at the computer and looking at lots of folks wonderful photos being shared out there, I figured I would share one that I took this past Friday evening from the West End Overlook.

This photo is of the Pittsburgh Skyline. The center of it is the confluence known as “The Point” or “Three Rivers”. The point is Point State Park where the fountain marks the merging of the Allegheny River on the left and the Monongahela River on the right form the start of the Ohio River which runs to the Mississippi River. The tallest building on the left with UPMC on it is still known by most people as the “Steel Building” as it was from the time it was built. The other most photographed building is the one with the spikes which is the PPG building. There are so many different angles to get the skyline from. This skyline will forever be changed in the next couple years as the latest skyscraper is currently being built which will be The Tower at PNC Plaza.

I had made up my mind that I would do some HDR shots but instead of my usual wide angle images I would strictly use my 70-300mm zoom. I waited for “Blue Hour” and then started my bracketing. I got several that I am really happy with, some with nice light streaks of the Gateway Clipper boats out on the rivers, but I am going to save those for another time. Here is one I am especially happy with.




I hope everyone had a terrific holiday weekend! Thanks for stopping!


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Golden Triangle

Another shot from my trip downtown to Pittsburgh last week. Blue hour was awesome and it was truly the “Golden Triangle” that lit up below me. I just cannot seem to get enough of the Pittsburgh Skyline. In this image, you can see the Allegheny River connecting with the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River at Point State Park. The fountain working again, finally!

We don’t call this the “City of Bridges” for nothing. The bridge on the right side of the photo is the Fort Pitt Bridge over the Mon River. The bridge straight up the middle is the Fort Duquense bridge over the Allegheny River. The three bridges above this are known as the Three Sisters Bridges made up of the Roberto Clemente Bridge, Andy Warhol Bridge, and the Rachel Carson Bridge.

All the boats tied up on the North Shore on the left side of the Allegheny River were for the Kenny Chesney concert that was being held the day after this shot at Heinz Field.

Stay tuned for some different viewpoints of the city coming soon! I hope everyone has a terrific weekend!




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Point State Park

Well it sure has been a while since I have posted anything new. This evening, my wife and daughter took me up to Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh so I could get some “Blue Hour” shots of the city and the fountain at Point State Park. The fountain has been out of commision for several years due to damage from flooding of the point. The repairs and renovations are pretty nice. I have to get down to the park itself to get some more shots, but I’m happy we got out tonight.




More to come from tonight’s shooting! Thanks for stopping! I hope everyone is having a great summer!