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Elusive Light, How it Changes Everything

New York City- Christopher Street at Greenwich Street

Formerly the Federal Archives Building  built in 1899-  for the history click here



Pittsburgh Skyline, Incline and Sea of Fog

Pittsburgh in Fog

Made the decision to turn right at the mouth of the Liberty Tunnel, go to Mount Washington and photograph the city in fog on the way to school this morning.

I thought the above shot was best with the gift of light on the incline car, as it prepared to head down the mountain. No tripod although there was a man with one.  I stabilized my camera on the iron fence.


Of course, the light changes every moment as the sunrises in the east.  All shots taken with 24-70 lens on the Canon 5D Mark ii




One vertical shot. Light and dark/ Cloud and shadow.

Trying to get the best view in the frame.

Being there. looking at the city in the fog,  was a magnificent experience. The limits of photography.

It felt like being in a plane but you’re standing on a concrete platform by the incline, looking at the city disappear in a foggy sea. Wasn’t it just last week I was photographing the icy river and the barge lane?  Today felt like early Spring.

IMG_9358Three young men agreed to let me capture their silhouettes. Thanks guys.  I’ll email them  the blog post link today.

Ponka Way and Oneida Street- Feb 26, 2015 and Oct 8,1907

Almost all of our snow has disappeared this week but here’s my photo from Mt.Washington, a block from Grandview where I turned from the Duquesne Incline, Feb 26, 2015.

The demolished house structure appears to be the house in the old photo below but not for certain.Oneida St

Here is the link to the Oct. 8, 1907 image I found at and got permission to show on the blog to compare the two views.

Ponka Way and Onedia St 1907

Photo Credit- Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, 1901-2002, AIS.1971.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.   Thanks to the Media Curator, Miriam, for granting permission. 

Oneida St and Ponka Way

Oneida St and Ponka Way house

Snowstorm Softens Skyline Edges in 2015 and in 2010

Self-assignment:  Return to the same place and take another photograph.

Did you ever see two photographs where you are to spot the differences?

IMG_7578Photographed February 2015

img_8139Photographed December 2010 Where the Rivers Meet   (note the Christmas Tree at the Point)

Winter Sun and Shadow at School

As I arrived, I noticed sunlight.

It’s been pretty gray around here.  Twenty four days until Spring.


Winter City


Just the tips of the top of the PPG building, reminded me of a sandcastle at the beach.



And up over the hill, the rest of the skyline.

You can see the barge lane in the middle of the icy Monongahela River. Don’t let the blue sky fool you, it was really cold.


A panorama taken with the Sony Mirrorless camera. First time I used this feature.



This was actually the first shot Monday afternoon as I pulled out of the school lot.

First time the sun had shown itself in awhile.

Snowfall on St. Peter and Paul School

East Liberty, Larimer Avenue.

The empty school sits behind the twin-spired church, the one that’s closed.

I saw the architecture through the snow-

from the lot where I was parking.


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)

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)

Carrick Neigbhborhood

Pure Pittsburgh Skyline 1993- Before All the Signs- Thanks to Groundhog Day Movie Capture

Tonight was the annual viewing of the Harold Ramis’ classic Groundhog Day movie.  If you follow the blog, you know how much my family enjoys this holiday.  (No gifts required)

I noticed in the opening credits how different the 1993 skyline looks.

The updated version will have to be another post.  And I’ll need a helicopter ride to capture the same angle.

A screen shot of my computer screen shows the old skyline as it appeared before all the advertisements.

Just two years ago there was an article written by Bob Bauder about this issue- Skyline-defiling signs targeted by council chief.  “Harris said the signs, including company names and logos, clutter the city skyline and detract from its aesthetic splendor.”

And author Charles Rosenblum’s blog post Under a Bad Sign–  Pittsburgh Architectual Club weighs in on the issue.

Pittsburgh Skyline 1993


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