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.

I will try to become more active again on my blog here and hope to get out some to shoot some new images very soon. Thanks for stopping by.


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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The Rockpile

A few nights ago my daughter and I went to shoot sunset from a rockpile I had found not far from our home. No, I shouldn’t have been climbing around this thing, but I was searching for the composition I wanted. Did I get dizzy and fall? You betcha! Did I get hurt? Yep. I felt the burning on my shin after I got up but just ignored it. I was busy looking for the composition I wanted! It wasn’t until my daughter said “Dad is that blood?” that I looked down and saw that nice big wet blood spot soaked through my jeans. Did I stop and look? Nope. I was still searching for the shot I wanted. Did I get the shot? You be the judge.




Commitment or should I be committed? You be the judge!


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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!


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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Hill’s Tavern

Today’s post is another installment from our photo project “Historic National Road” that my daughter Hannah and I have been working on. This is yet another place that we had passed many times without realizing it’s historical significance. We spotted this one evening on our way home from exploring Route 40 and had just enough light to get some nice shots. I’m hoping to try to make arrangements with the owners to do some photos of the interior at some point in the future.


Now known as the Century Inn, the former Hill’s Tavern was built in 1788 and has been in continuous operation since 1794. It is located in Scenery Hill, Pennsylvania on the Historic National Road – Route 40. Many famous people have stayed at the Inn over it’s 200+ year history. People such as Andrew Jackson, Santa Anna, David Bradford, Marquis de LaFayette, and Chief Blackhawk have been to or stayed here. According to the Inn’s website, it was recently discovered that Abraham Lincoln had gone there because he had heard that their breakfast was so good.




This photo is of the front of the Inn which was constructed from stone that was quarred from the area over 200 years ago. Additions have been added to the Inn but are located in the back while maintaining the original front of the structure.




This next photo is of the Historic Marker located in front of the Inn. To learn more about Hill’s Tavern you can visit their website at: Century Inn.


Thanks for stopping today and stay tuned for more interesting photos from our project in the future! Have a great weekend everyone!


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!



The weekend before last my wife had come up with an idea that she was not going to inform me about until the last minute. She had coordinated with my father, unbeknownst to me, about a weekend getaway at the family cabin. Basically, she wanted to make sure no one else in the family would be using it so she and I could escape from everything for the weekend. She wound up not being able to wait and told me about it a few days before we were to leave. I agreed immediately and was glad to be going. Of course, I would be packing all my camera gear though.


After a four hour trip on Friday evening we arrived. I wound up not really going out for any photos. I did grab a few along the road but for the most part did not try to head anywhere else. I did shoot a few of the cabin though that I figured I would share in today’s post. After all, the trip was really about relaxing and escaping and that’s what we did.




This first shot is of the entrance and half the front porch of the cabin. It was where we spent most of our time, out on that porch. During the day, just kicking back and relaxing. The evening and night contained a nice campfire in the fire pit in front of the porch. And relaxing.




This next shot is from across the pond zoomed in on the front of the cabin. I did actually get the camera out! If you look close you can see my wife who’s talking to my father while I stumbled on down around the pond to get some photos. My father came down on Saturday and it was nice just to visit and BS.




This final shot is of the inside of the cabin. I really wanted to focus on all the wood work my father and step mother did on the inside of the place. It really is very cool and well done, although not quite complete yet. This is only a view looking down the left side of the cabin. Not to mention, I didn’t take any shots of the entire upstairs. There’s always next time!  The only regret I really have is not being able to spend more than a few days there. We are definitely going back up again this summer and I for sure will be up there during Fall for the foliage!


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope everyone has a terrific week!


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!