Empty Benches

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a terrific holiday and a Happy New Year! Tonight, I had the pleasure of taking my dizzy off balance self to a nice dinner with my wife. Afterwards, I convinced her (more like begged) to drive me up to Mt Washington so I could take a few shots of the City of Pittsburgh. I stumbled my way around and got a few decent shots that I will be sharing more of soon. It was a dreary, foggy, damp night in the Burgh and I felt that this photo fit the bill for sharing.



Thanks for stopping! Take care all!



iPhone Friday

I decided to jump on the bandwagon, so to speak. Several of my friends have gone with “iPhone Friday” themes for their Friday posts on their blogs and I wanted to give it a try myself. I have a TON of shots I’ve taken with my iPhone and would like to share some. Some of the shots my friends have put up in recent months are just AMAZING! So, without further adieu, here we go!


The above shot is of Wiener World on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh. I’ve heard good things about this place, but I’ve yet to ever eat there, which is kind of odd because I really like a good “hot dog” and it is literally right next door to my office downtown. Someday ..


Next we have a shot from today when I went to the surgeons office to meet with him about my upcoming procedure on my head. This was taken from the parking garage at a couple old houses in the North Side near Allegheny General Hospital. These first two shots were taken with Camera+ and some editing in that app.


Lastly, since I was going nuts in the hospital last week, I shot a bunch of shots of my wonderful room that I spent several days in. I used “Photo Stitch” to put the panorama together and cleaned it up just a little in CS5.

That’s it for my first attempt at “iPhone Friday”. Have a Great Weekend Everyone! Thanks so much for all the kind words, comments, tweets, and shares! They mean soo much!


Smithfield Street Bridge

I have many unposted, unprocessed photos laying around, and since I can’t get out for anything new for a while due to health issues, I really wanted to post “something” new.

Today’s shots are the Smithfield Street Bridge in Pittsburgh that spans the Monongahela River from Station Square to downtown. This first shot was taken several weeks ago on a Saturday morning just before sunrise. My daughter went down with me in hopes of catching the bridge all lit up with no traffic on it. Imagine our dissappointment when we found not one light “on” on the bridge. Still, we made the best of it and had a really nice father daughter day!

This next shot is of the historical marker that gives a little detail about John A. Roebling who built this bridge back in 1846. He also designed the Brooklyn Bridge, another bridge in Pittsburgh over the Allegheny River and a railroad bridge in Niagara Falls.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Lets Go Pens

It’s Friday at last! It really has seemed like a long week to me. For today’s photo, we’re visiting the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins to show support for our hometown hockey team going into Game 5 of the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

All hope seemed lost going into Game 4 to a lot of folks. Myself, I had my doubts, but never lost hope. Any given day, any team can pull out of a slump, bad play, whatever and come away with a win. That’s what the Pens did two nights ago. The game didn’t start like we would have liked, but in the end the Pens walked away with a Game 4 win! A blowout!

So here’s wishing our Penguins luck tonight in Game 5! Good luck boys!

Have a great weekend everyone!

The Gatehouse

Happy Thursday Everyone! The weekend is in sight! Today I’ve got a couple shots of The Gatehouse Building at Station Square in Pittsburgh. What’s really cool about this building are the unique looking stairs on the back of the building. Most folks pass this building all the time but since it’s on the corner of Smithfield Street and Carson Street, they don’t even know these exist. These stairs ( “steps” if you’re from the Burgh) are not easily seen from those two busy streets.

I went with a couple different POV’s here. Let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping and have a terrific day!



St Mary of the Mount

A quick post today. Running way late! This is a shot of the front of St Mary of the Mount parish on Grandview Avenue on Mt Washington. I shot this while out for the sunrise with my daughter, Hannah, over the weekend. I will have a more detailed post with more shots of this Historic Church in the future.


Have a great Wednesday everyone! Thanks for stopping!

West End

Almost a month ago, I met up with Dave Dicello at the West End Overlook to do some shooting. Spring hadn’t started yet and I was not thrilled with the lack of color in the landscape for any of my shots so I decided to go with a black and white version.


I shot this with my new Tamron 10-24mm lens. Really loving the wide angle. Hopefully soon I’ll be back out shooting again. I’m going a bit nuts not being able to and really have lacked in my postings and my replies to all my friends wonderful work they continue to put up on their blogs.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday weekend and a Happy Easter!

Under the Bridge

Been a while since I’ve posted anything due to the BS health issues I’m dealing with. I want to thank everyone for all their well wishes and kind words. I’ll hopefully be getting some relief soon.

Today just a quick post as I’m running late. This is a shot from under the 6th Street (Roberto Clemente) bridge that I took a few weeks ago. I wanted to try it out in Black and White and I’m pretty happy with the results.

Have a great day everyone!

Almost here

Baseball season is almost officially here in the Burgh! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it is kind of difficult to get really excited about our home team Pirates after the seasons they’ve had for the last 20 years, but they’re still my home team! Here’s a quick post for Saturday of the Roberto Clemente Statue outside of PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!


Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972. He was awarded the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1966. He was on the NL All-Star team 15 times, received 12 Gold Glove Awards, and led the NL in batting average four times. He died in a plane crash December 31, 1972, while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.