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Watching the River AND the Ball Game @ PNC Park

Drove back from Columbus to Pittsburgh with the youngest three grandchildren for a vacation at Grandma’s House.

We went downtown toPNC Park to see  the Pirates game. It was Pittsburgh Public Schools Night.

Wasn’t sure how I’d manage with all three ( 5, 7 and almost 9) but it was fine. There was a mixture of fun and boredom for them.

A hot summer night.  No rain. Saw a lot of students from school and the grandchildren seemed fascinated as the kids called my name.

 

Our seats had a great vantage point for the activity on the Allegheny River, too.

 

Gateway Clipper Ships

Gateway Clipper Ships Pass Under Roberto Clemente Bridge on the Allegheny River

 

 

Pirates Pitcher

Anticipating the release of the pitch      Pirates lost to Cincinnati Reds 6-5

 

 

IMG_9437Entertaining the crowd

 

Cotton Candy Man

Always like to get a shot of the Cotton Candy Man

 

 

Barges and tug boat

 

 

 

 

Grandkids on way home

A lot of energy left at 10 PM. Home to Grandma’s House.

 

 

 

Take me out to the ball game


Night City from the North Shore

From the archives-

The sky color grabbed my eye. The painterly quality of the Allegheny River.  Lights reflected are a favorite of mine.

You can’t have Pittsburgh city shots without plenty of bridges.

And lit at night?  Always satisfying to find the skyline in different moods from different vantage points.

While seeking photographs of my grandson Michael (his sister Anna is going to create a story board)  for his First Holy Communion Party on Saturday, I found these two Pittsburgh night photos.

North Shore City View

 

 

 

If you’ve been a blog follower for a time you may have seen these two photos  from October 2011

 

North Shore City View2

 


Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio -Three Rivers

Threes.  Many things come in threes. It’s a strong number- a favorite number of many.

Still on the theme of three with a triptych story with the suggested 3 pictures will be coming in the near future……………

Thanks Mark for this thought on the Three Rivers even though the stadium by that name was demolished in 2001

(see implosion below)

Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform

Panorama from the Duquesne Incline platform

Allegheny River on the left

Monongahela River on the right

Forming the Ohio River at the triangular point!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


River Ice

 

 

 

 

I like it when a color photo looks black and white. Well, gray and white.

After school I drove up to Mount Washington to see the ice on the rivers.  The Monongahela, the Allegheny and the Ohio.

 

Barge on the River

 

 

 

 

Rivers Casino

 

The Rivers Casino’s sign adds some color

 

 

 

 

Barge Turning on Ohio River

 

The barge turned to dock

 

 

man on bargeMan on the front of the barge


Daybreak October First- Comparing iPhone 5 image to Canon 5D Mark ii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tell the students at school, the only way to improve photographic skill is to practice. And that is what I was doing yesterday morning.

On the way to school, I detoured to Mount Washington to catch the sunrise and the PNC Park lights on, readying the field for Tuesday night’s playoff game.  The city looked so inviting, the light coming fast.

Everyday the city is a different color, a variety of colors, sometimes golden or pink.

 

And a glimpse of the Lucky Duck (which is bigger than my house!)

Daybreak October First

This picture is shot with the Canon 5D Markii- a 70-200mm L series lens.

 

 

Daybreak October First Cell phone

Looks pretty good to me and not sure why I took the photo with both the camera and the phone but this one is the iPhone 5 camera.

And here is the panorama of the scene.

Daybreak October First Cell phone 2 pano

 

Still working on getting those panorama shots right.  You can see a dark bar indicating I need more practice. But it was fun trying.   Love the lettering on the Duquesne Incline station house.

 

Daybreak October First Cell phone pano

But here is a closer shot taken with the Canon 5D Markii.

Daybreak October Canon 5D Mark2

 

These are unretouched images.  Looks like Pittsburgh of yesteryear with the Heinz Plant spewing white smoke from a stack!

 


Baseball in October

Steve and I went down to PNC Park and the Sixth Street Bridge and walked along the Allegheny River.

We could hear the roar of the crowd- 6-2 over Cincinnati tonight.  It was an energetic and enthusiastic crowd.  First time there’s been baseball in October for the Pittsburgh Pirates in TWENTY ONE YEARS!

Fireworks are shot off for every home run so it was a loud night.

Oh, and we saw the Forty Foot Duck, moored at the Point by the fountain.

Jolly Roger from Bridge

Jolly Roger from BridgeFans

Pirates in the Allegheny

Pirates on the Allegheny River with their own version of the Rubber Duck

 

Rubber Duck and Fountain

Home Run

 

 

 

 

Burgh MAnBurgh Man with a lit up cape, skating by in a blur

 

Jolly RogerEveryone is hoisting the Jolly Roger

 

 

WPXI News (1)WPXI Channel 11 News filming the exciting news of a win over Cincinnati and the Pirates are going to St. Louis on Thursday


You Ought to Write a Book….By George- George Boyle, That Is!

Last Saturday night we were down by PNC Park and strolling along the walkway while the Pirates were inside the park, beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1. The Allegheny River was muddy and reflecting the night lights of the boats and city.

My friend Steve saw a man he recognized.  Captain George Boyle on the Safety Boat by the fireworks on the barge.  They hadn’t seen each other in years.

Captain George was patrolling the river to keep the pleasure boats away from the barge where  the fireworks were set to go off after the game, to  keep the boaters out of the danger zone.

Captain George invited us aboard the Safety Boat, and Steve bought his book (which Captain George autographed for him) One of those serendipitous moments in life.

“A world traveling photographer and film producer chronicles the highlights and adventures of a unique and thrilling career”

If you’re from Pittsburgh you might have seen one of the 13 part TV series “What’s New at the Zoo” which Captain George filmed.

You can read about Captain George’s suiting up in scuba gear and his retrieval of the Gateway Clipper Steamboat’s Paddlewheel from the bottom of the Allegheny River.

Captain George Boyle

Captain George Boyle just autographed a copy of You Ought to Write A Book…By George

Lots of adventures packed in twenty chapters!  If you want a copy of his book just leave a comment and I’ll contact Captain George.

Here is what Mr. Fred Rogers said in the blurb on the back cover

“My goodness George, what a marvelous tome you have written.  You certainly have gone to great lengths to help the reader understand some of the technical details of photography.  I’m happy to be included in the events of your life.”  Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood


Knit the Bridge and Three Boats

View from the Roberto Clemente Bridge( 6th Street)

View from the Roberto Clemente Bridge( 6th Street)

Knit the Bridge on the Andy Warhol/Seventh Street Bridge. Night shot.

Photographed from the vantage point of the Roberto Clemente/Sixth Street Bridge on Fireworks night, A muddy Allegheny River reflecting the night light. I used the 70-200mm L series lens.

Just three more days of the installation so get down and walk across and back to experience the creativity of communities gathering together who nit and crochet the colorful panels now stretching across the span.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PNC Park- Pirates Beat St.Louis

When you take a photograph, you realize the limitations of the medium. One tries to capture the scene for the viewer to share later.
The photographer chooses what to focus on and catch- and it’s exasperating at times.
The frozen frame can’t recreate the moment, the atmosphere and surroundings entirely.
The sound of boat horns, traffic rushing by below, a blimp circling overhead, the thousands of fans roar or collective sigh….

Take one

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The tug and barge in the river are set for fireworks night by the Zambelli
Family

Option two- iPhone panorama

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Another panorama

 

after the night game (8)

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Read the New York Times article and see a video - Pittsburgh’s Stirring Leap from the Abyss20130902-054434.jpg

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Tourists in Our Own City- Just Ducky Tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday afternoon Steve asked me if I wanted to take that Ducky Tour we had seen last week when we were downtown at the Arts Festival.

After a moment’s hesitation I threw on some clothes and we went.  What a good idea.

Had to wait and hour and a half for the next available tour as the weather was great and everyone was out. We sipped a Yuengling at the Hard Rock Cafe and then made our way to the line that was forming at flag #3 for our boat.

We had a lot of fun. It was so enjoyable.  Especially the rivers part.  Steve said he would definitely go again.

Everyone looks at you as you drive past and then you all quack like a duck so if you aren’t in a cheery disposition or that seems too too corny, don’t go.  It was really funny and fun and I documented the experience with the camera.

The feeling of driving into the river and leaving land was really a cool sensation.  And now I know where to take the grandchildren when they come to visit the city.  They would love taking a Just Ducky Tour.

Did you see the movie Saving Private Ryan? the driver asked.

Just Ducky Tours Amphibious Vehicles HistoryDucky Tour Vehicle

 

All six boats drive off at about the same time, like a convoy

the driver's seat

 

 

 

 

 

Self portrait

 

Self portrait in the rearview mirror

 

 

 

Tour Guide Cait

 

Tour guide Cait finds some humor to entertain the tourists.  Us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sculptures at Station Square

 

Salvaged from a building? Who are these figures and what are they doing?

 

 

Smithfield Bridge

 

Historic Landmark Smithfield Bridge

 

 

Waiting for the Bus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Building Reflections

 

 

First you drive around downtown and see everything you know from a different vantage point.

 

 

PPG Plaza Fountain

 

PPG Plaza and fountain.

 

 

 

Man crossing the street

 

Looks like a character from a novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking Lot

 

Headed to find her car in the parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blimp and PPG

 

The Blimp and PPG building

 

 

Entering the Mon River

 

 

 

Driving down the Mon Wharf, right into the Monongahela River!

 

 

 

Fort Pitt Bridge

 

Underneath the Fort Pitt Bridge

 

 

 

 

Point Park Fountain

 

The fountain is working again.

 

 

 

Just Ducky Tour Boat

 

What a Just Ducky Tour Boat looks like on the river.

 

 

 

Just Ducky Tour

 

There are the companion Ducky Tourists.

We were on the Monongahela, The Allegheny and the Ohio Rivers. RIght at the point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving out of the River

 

 

What it looks like when the amphibious vehicle drives out of the Monongahela River.

 

 

Just Ducky Tour

 

 

Right next to us on the road.  Watch that Baby!!!

Bicycles on Smithfield Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Back at STation Square

 

Returned safely to Station Square.

They told us NO one has had to use a life jacket in the 16 years of Just Ducky Tours.  I took some photos of people driving the boat and am emailing them their pic.

Quack Quack Quack!

 

 


Waiting for Barges on the Allegheny River Late in the Day

Standing on the Roberto Clemente Bridge from Sixth Street.  Saturday night.

Near the Duquesne Bridge

 

 

 

waiting for the Barges

 

 

 

 

 

View from the Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Just the single barge

 

 

 

 

 

Tug Boat


Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

They call it challenge for a reason.  Escape. Or trying to.

Escape defined : Break free from confinement or control    (School is out June 17th)

Need to get away. Get out. Break free.

Attempted escape. Some of mine seem like “trapped” or “escape is necessary” . It makes me consider posting a photograph of our jail that they built along the Monongahela River, spoiling the scenic view. Escape from reality.  A fire escape?

Me trapped in the mail chute

Me in the mail chute at the City County Building today when we took down the art show.

Fencing so the Cheetahs Can’t Escape!

Fenced in at the Wilds

NYC

Kayaks on Allegheny River

Kayaks on the Allegheny River Photographed from the Roberto Clemente Bridge

Branch trapped

Fence and Branch at the Softball Game

Get out of the Car Wash

Did you ever feel like you can’t escape when you are in the middle of the car wash?

 

 

 

Play House Captive

Take the keys and lock her up! Little sister tries to escape

Buy a lottery ticket

A hopeful escape from reality and the rat race. I guess I need to buy a ticket.  Oh well.

The Book Loft in Columbus

The Book Loft- Columbus Ohio.  Reading is a terrific escape!

Roller Coaster at KennywoodA roller coaster is good for a brief escape

at Kennywood Amusement Park

Helicopter Getaway

Ready for the get away

Fire Escapes

 A Couple of Fire Escapes  ( I was shooting the Bitter End, I think)

Central Park

Central Park Pastorale

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Got Bridges?

Just a few.  Here are some  bridges that cross the Allegheny River.   Since I showed the one closed yesterday, it seemed to make sense to post a shot of more bridges.

If you want to read about Pittsburgh Bridges,  click here .

 Taken from Mount Washington, Duquesne Incline observation deck just last week.

And the Tenth Street Bridge in the Tom Cruise movie (Jack Reacher) isn’t in this shot but here 

Pittsburgh Bridges in Winter


Incline in the Snow

I returned to the Duquesne Incline platform on Monday evening as I arrived from Ohio.  Not quite as much snow as I thought there would be.

Taken just as the sun sank in the sky and the temperatures dropped.  Will try again, a different winter day.

Couldn’t wait any longer to shoot when the sky was darker as it was too windy and cold.  You might have liked the night time version better.

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Roberto Clemente Bridge at Night

Roberto Clemente Bridge from a different angle. High up! What a view.

Photographed from the lovely Renaissance Hotel’s fourteenth floor – my fellow blogger’s room.  The Allegheny River looked pretty chilly.

If you follow me you know how I enjoy working on my night photography.  Love all the lights’ reflections, especially in the water.  Too bad it wasn’t baseball season as we could have watched the game from her room!

I was telling Kathryn about how the bridge is closed when there are Pirates Games and you can walk across to PNC Park.  Thanks for inviting me up to see the city at night.  What fun. I think I need to book a corner room with a river view and just take photographs at different times of day.

 

Roberto Clemente Bridge 008


Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

This week’s challenge is reflections and to see more responses to the challenge, click here

mary and me - at the Cuban Restaurant

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Night Game- Pirates 5 – Mets 4 – PNC Park – Pittsburgh PA

 

It was a beautiful night, capturing the sunlight as the sun went down.  And it ended up being an exciting game with a win by the Pirates.  A few fireworks.  Perfect weather. They close the Roberto Clemente Bridge for pedestrians to walk across to the Park. Reggie Howze is the saxophonist standing on the bridge.

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Yoga Facing North

At the David Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

The Farm to Table Conference back in March-

This image has a lot of lines. You can see Allegheny General Hospital.And a bit of the Allegheny River with all the buildings on the other side of the span.


That’s What I’m Honking About

This is the second image shown first. Shot from the balcony at the Convention Center (where the garbage was for THROUGH)

And just moments earlier, this was the peaceful scene.  Not sure why all the honking and general nastiness from the Canada Goose in the above image..

 A grandmother and her granddaughter by the Allegheny River.  (Unidentified subjects)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

About number six on the list of definitions of the word through   – Having finished; at completion

Went to  Farm to Table Conference  (courtesy of Erin Hart, Thank You! and stay tuned for a post tomorrow highlighting the conference)

I ventured out onto the balcony to shoot the bridges, helicopters landing at Allegheny Hospital and the Allegheny River.  At the end of the balcony I found this receptacle filled with items – looked like the people were THROUGH – as in finished- the people who left their cigarettes and soft drinks and beer bottles were definitely THROUGH and they were probably not from the Raw Milk and Organic Fruits and Vegetables crowd.

Not a soul was out there lighting up. But everything seemed in a perfect place in the circle of the trash, an interesting composition.

And-

You know how I enjoy the idea of a garbageologist as a second career.  My mother always said, you can tell a lot about people by their garbage.

And when I turned to go back into the Convention Center, I looked through the window and saw these boys and two male figures, looking out through the windows to see  the Allegheny River.

The Railroad Bridge, plate glass windows, the Allegheny River and reflection. People staring through the windows.

And here are fellow bloggers responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Another WPC participant this week is Cardboard Me/ Flat Ruthie is stepping Through a Tart Pan, Sprightly 

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From a Downtown Parking Lot Window

No students on Monday or Tuesday. Clerical day on Monday to complete semester’s grades and the Art and Music teachers went downtown Tuesday morning to the August Wilson Center for an inservice.  Then back to our schools after lunch.  When I went to my car I saw this view and shot the Ninth Street Bridge and the street below. It was a Spring like day today, getting all the way up to 60 degrees.

Pittsburgh Ninth Street Bridge


Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

If you've been following the blog for awhile you might remember this as the header last winter,too.

To see other bloggers’ responses to the weekly challenge, click here

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Allegheny River Still as a Lake Sunday Afternoon


Firefighter on the 62 Street Bridge- People at Work Series

It was mid July. The sun was dropping and I was on my way home. I stopped to photograph the huge American flag in the middle of Etna.

Etna #149

The light, the breeze, the undulating shadows. I pulled over to the side of the road and took quite a few shots. And then as I started back home, I was the first person on the scene of an accident on the 62 Street Bridge. I could hear sirens and a tow truck arrived, a Paramedic truck and the Etna Firetruck all made their way by me to the scene as I sat. I photographed the back of the firetruck through my windshield as I sat and sat. I missed being in the wreck cause I was photographing that flag blowing in the breeze. Watching the light. This Etna firefighter helped the line of traffic turn around on the bridge and find another route home. Before I did the K-turn, I asked him if I could photograph him and I think he said yes! Ahhh the men who save us. Thank you. He’s said, “It’s going to be awhile before anyone gets out of here.”

and one of the flag shots from the middle of Etna that saved me from being in the accident!.


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