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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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!


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.


Thanks for stopping today and remember tomorrow is Friday!


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!


Thanks for stopping today and visiting my Blog and to everyone who has been leaving comments recently!


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!


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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Moon over Warhol B&W

Shot over a year ago on a solo photo walk around downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore, I got this wonderful photo of the full moon coming out from behind the clouds as I was working my way back towards downtown. I was pretty beat and tired. I had walked several miles at this point and was really just looking to get back across the Clemente bridge and to the subway to go home when this occurred. This is a shot of the Andy Warhol bridge in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.




I had originally shot this in color and bracketed for an HDR image, but I was not thrilled with the result. I did a post last year under bridges that contains the HDR color shot. This one though, I took a single exposure and ran it through Silver Efex and am much happier with the results.


Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by!