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Snow Day Tugboat and Barges Push Through the River Ice

Pittsburgh Skyline in Snow

View of the Monongahela River and skyline from Grandview Avenue.  (Stef, do you think it is smiing?)

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See the path where the tug pusning the barges has cut through the ice?

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Duquesne Incline in the snow.  A path left where the tug and barge cut through the rivers.

OHIO RIVER ICE

Three Rivers Stadium and the Ohio River

School got called off so I went to take some photographs on the way home.

1degree and -16 windchill.   I didn’t stay long with my cameras.

My friends Deb and Sy live downstream along the Ohio River.  They emailed me the cell phone photos they took at eye level as the tug cut through frozen Ohio River ice 

Presidents’ Day Party Supplies in the Strip District- Pittsburgh PA

After Christmas I was in the Strip District with Matthew and Natalya. We had coffee at La Prima and lunch at Sunseri’s.  A little window shopping, popped into the kitchen store and then Wholey’s to see the fish.

One “must-see” store is Mike Feinberg’s on Penn Ave.  Right now you can stock up on Leprauchan supplies.  Or Mardi Gras masks and beads.

You name it- they have it.  Postcards and old school candy, too.

This is what we saw up front. Presidents’ Day supplies. There were tons of New Year’s hats and horns, pre-packaged party supplies for any number of guests.

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“Above the Fold” on Valentine’s Day

Long time friends and neighbors, the Skrinjars were featured in the newspaper today.

Our children went to school together years ago.

This morning they brought the copy of the newspaper to my house  so when I got home from shooting a lovely Valentine’s Day wedding, their story was on the front page of the LIVING section, above the fold!

Long Time Spouse Article

I took the accompanying photograph of them when they invited Steve and me to a Pirates Game last September.

Today on Valentine’s Day is an article by Rex Rutoski titledMarried to My Best Friend (Valentine’s pals: Longtime spouses weigh in on matters of the heart)    

Read more: http://triblive.com/lifestyles/morelifestyles/7660207-74/says-married-friend#ixzz3Rmnomdg4

Congratulations to Dick and Barbara!  xxoo Ruth

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You can read the Sweets to the Suite post about the Dessert Cart with the fancy desserts at the game.

In My Grandmother’s Hand

Ruth:

All you need is love. And good food. Someone to share it with.
Love on Valentine’s Day. Remembering. Going to photograph a Valentine’s Day Wedding tomorrow. In the recipe box lid is a prayer, Be Gentle When You Touch Bread.

Originally posted on Ruth E Hendricks Photography:

The Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe.    My father’s mother’s recipe box. Sitting on my kitchen shelf.   Yellowed newspaper clippings between the file cards..  I was looking around for items to put on my Keep or Pitch blog and the antique radio  from earlier this week reminded me how objects can tell a story. Or two.  There are recipes for pickles and yeast rolls. Illinois cuisine.  The edge of the file card is discolored as well. I am not going to pitch this in the downsizing effort. I sifted through the cards, read her notes, remembered how she made egg noodles and hung them to dry on the broom handle. Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892.  She taught me how to knit.  I sleep under one of her quilts now and am figuring out how to repair an afghan she knit. In her retirement, she worked in…

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Light Streams at the Museum

The Carnegie Museum of Art 

Carnegie Museum of Art

I was waiting on a bench in the lobby while Matthew and Natalya were in the galleries.

I saw the light stream through the windows onto the floor.

A family was examining a portion of the  Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again exhibit.

You might remember The Piano hanging overhead in the Hall of Architecture before Thanksgiving?

(this shot taken with the SONY mirrorless)

Different Dollhouse Occupants- Simpsons Chess Set

When I was visiting my friend Donna (with the doll collection),  I was leaving and I noticed her granddaughter’s dollhouse and the occupants.

The SIMPSONS?  They are just the right size.

Her Uncle Tony’s chess set put to use.  She’d arranged them so neatly, all in a row.

(I didn’t even know there was a Simpsons Chess Set.)

Simpsons Chess Set

Combine Two Objects in the Classroom, But Don’t Show the Classroom

One of the hardest and ongoing lessons is teaching composition and students needing to take multiple shots of a subject.

So often they are satisfied with the first image they shoot.

Today in the Photography classes, I asked the students to choose two objects and combine them in a new and different way to create a more  interesting image.

I showed them the first photo of the two objects i selected as an example-

I shot the first with all the cluttered background of the classroom.   The second one was to be cleaned up- not show the environment. No backpacks, chairs, notebooks, pencils, computers, students.

Here’s the DON’T

dog in a roll of tape

I picked up the student camera from a table

overexposure with the setting

and a student’s finger holding the piece of paper as background to block the clutter is visible,

but the objective is closer to being met.

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Roll of tape and a rubber dog.

Trying to encourage them to keep at it and try something different. Try different angles and distance.  Change the light.

Self- portrait in the array of objects collected on disposable wedding cookie tray at the end of the day.

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and Man on Time

Man on Time

Will share some of the compostions of the students when they pick their best.

Moonlight Commute

Headed to the garage, time for school.

I make tentative choices- try to place my feet

When I unlock the car,  the rear lights show where it’s rough on the

temporary ice rink.

Thaw and melt

makes frozen glass on top of gravel and mud.    I saw the moon.

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Down the slick hill to the main road,

I pulled over, waited for cloud cover to move

A couple of grainy cell phone pics,  try to capture the moon, the mood-

then off to work.

Late in the Day View from the School Parking Lot

The light shone on a row of houses in the neighborhood. I was going to my car at the end of a long Saturday afternoon in the gym, watching some of my students perform in the dance, color guard and majorette competition.

I thought about scale again. Size relationships.  How the one house close looked big, the sunlit row much smaller.

But that would be for perspective week, right?

(Mirrorless Camera by Sony)

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High Heels on Ice

Saturday morning, I did a model shoot and my fashionable client gave me permission to post her shoe photos.

It’s not always easy to get a perfect shoe shot.

We collaborate, experiment, try new things and these came out nicely.

I was sporting my Dansko Confetti clogs so marvel at the design of these fancy shoes.

She walks in them with ease and elegance.

(Shot with the SONY mirrorless)

Red High Heels

Hot heels on ice.

Gray High Heels

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