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Archive for October, 2011

People at Work- Marie is a Horticulturist

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild photo class went on a field trip to the Bidwell Training Center greenhouse where there are orchid “crops”. I learned how to use custom white balance in some strange light(thanks Jill) and  I asked our guide how she came to be doing the work she is doing.  She used to work in hazardous waste.  Her undergrad was something to do the with environment (sorry Marie, I didn’t write it down) and she always loved the forest and growing things.  She was inspired by a Ziggy comic panel which she still has of Ziggy on his knees in awe of a flower blooming.  (didn’t write down the punchline either but Marie, if you read this post Friday please comment and remind me)   Getting a Master’s Degree and being a horticulturist became the next step when work in hazardous waste started to disappear.  She knows a lot about orchids and was patient as our class tried to get beautiful shots of the elegant flowers in a different full spectrum light.  And thank you Marie for the informative tour and consenting to be part of the People at Work series.   Marie is an example of finding your passion and doing that work!

Marie told me that photographers place her between the rolling flower holders so I did the same.


Pittsburgh- Zombie Capital of the World

Thanks to George A. Romero and his classic Night of the Living Dead(1968).  Would you believe I missed the recent Zombie Fest in Downtown Pittsburgh the first week of October?  That is what Zaq told me as I asked him about his shirt he was sporting on the South Side.  I had just been to the Post Office and was headed for a slice of pizza at Blue Grotto and I stopped on the sidewalk and asked if I could photograph him in his shirt for the blog.  Sure!  I asked him where he got the Pittsburgh Zombie Capital of the World T-shirt and he said, ” The Monroeville Mall!”  That is where they used to hold the Zombie Fest.  I regret that I missed the Zombie Prom I was invited to a few years ago.  I know I could have gotten some great shots.  But here is Zaq (with a Q) on Carson Street and he said I could blog his shirt, with him in it.  Thank you Zaq!  And thanks to your friend who was with you.  I should have taken him with you.

I see the most interesting people and scenes on Carson Street in the South Side.


What Would You Rate It? C+

 

 

Saw this across the street from the church where I shot a wedding.   No way to avoid the reflection.   Looked like a rating to me.  


Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

Last week’s challenge.  I think the idea of the weekly challenge is to  accomplish it in the week it is presented.  I am LATE.

Comfort is so individual.   It came to mind when I got home from school today and wanted to make comfort food for supper.  Pulled out the lone can of Campbell’s tomato soup from the pantry shelf and added a can of milk.  Stirred it with a whisk over the gas flame.  Yes, I know it has too much sugar and salt in it. Some taste of childhood perhaps speaks to me.  I put shreds of extra sharp cheddar in the bottom of the bowl and pour the hot soup on top.  Not to mention the grilled cheese sandwich to accompany it, grilled in the cast iron skillet.  A slice of cheddar and a slice of swiss.  Pepperidge Farm White Bread. We are talking comfort here.  And it was that loaf that inspired the menu too. (thanks Steve for that)    Or maybe the upcoming field trip to the Warhol museum with the eighth graders this Thursday brought the can of soup to mind!  Oh, the school day disappeared in the warmth of the soup, the melted gooey cheese with the toasty grilled buttery bread.  Life is good.  One fast shot with the trusty iPhone (Old model, no line for me) before savoring the simple comfort on a chilly autumn afternoon. And J remember the woman who used to come and help you in Kentucky and you’d make her a grilled cheese for lunch and she’d ask you to “burn it a little!”.  She came to mind as I tried to NOT burn the bread.  Dessert was a Farmer’s Market new apple, sliced and cored and three gingersnaps. What is your comfort food?

Grilled cheese sandwich and cream of tomato soup right out of the can!


Maura Eyes the Wedding Cake Being Cut

First cousins once removed on her mother’s side. That is such a strange sounding label! She’s also my youngest grandchild. Fun to be part of a family wedding. Congratulations to Jaclyn and Michael. It was a happy night.

WIsh I had a quote from her. Will have to show her the photo and add it!


Little People®- 3 Generations

I never played with Fisher-Price Little People® as a child but I used to love to play with the FP garage with Mark in 1977. I can still hear that ding as he would crank the elevator.    The wooden figure on the left is from the 70’s and belonged to my DIL. The one on the right is 2011.  No one is going to choke on that girl!.  Was in the basement playing with the grandchildren and saw these three figures in a bin.  Stood them up on top of the toy shelf. Just a compare and contrast photo. With the good old iPhone.  By the way I was at the Apple store and it was hopping, people outside in a queue with precious tickets to get a new iPhone. Just crazy.  And I am not going to write about my excessive data and computer crash and some loss of photographs.  Instead I will shoot more and be grateful I have the weddings I need to work -safe on the original cards, Phew. Trying to keep what is important in perspective. So you lose about 16,000 images? The backup on the external hard-drive did not do what it was supposed to do. It is not bad news from a doctor. I am sure there are many of you who can relate to loss of data.  Or the simple playing with little toy figurines and using one’s imagination.

I like the personality of the old wooden one on the left.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility

The challenge spoke of doors and paths, travel.  This is what Arlington Avenue looked like on the way to school Thursday morning.  The October light made the brick building seem to glow.  That is the color it was when I saw it.  No retouch on that brick.  Just morning sun.  I like to think that the start of the day offers POSSIBILITY.

What I saw on the way to school Thursday morning. Shot through my windshield.


Andrew Tosses the Pizza Dough in the Air

He can’t remember how long it took him to learn to do this.  I was impressed with the height and ease in which he tossed the dough.  We had parent conferences until seven  PM so got to go out to lunch.  I headed down to the South Side to the bank and stopped in the Blue Grotto Pizza shop on the corner of 19th and Carson.  Thom B came by.  Told me, “…they really care about their food which is a good thing.” I waited for a slice of Pizza Margherita and you can see by Andrew’s hand that the slice was ENORMOUS!. It was also delicious. It was when I was leaving that I saw his tossing the dough and photographed his expertise.  I asked if it was okay to blog and he said, “Sure.”  Would have been good to have a tripod and cable remote but the soft capture still conveys the story of his skill.   A rhythmic series of the pizza dough tossing is an idea for a future post.  Could be in the People at Work series, too.


Heinz Plant at Night

Shot from the Penn Brewery Parking Lot


An Hour’s Difference in the City Fog- 2 views


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