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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


What My Client Lent Me at the Photo Shoot

Remember the Spring-like November Day I posted Tuesday with the thirty degree drop in temps predicted?

Well, it’s more like a forty degree drop two days later-

in the park, late afternoon.

Cashmere fingerless gloves.

Thank you SB for the loan of the luxurious gloves.   I’m still warming up the rest of me.

fingerless gloves:

My hand looks a bit like “The Claw” in a horror flick but the cozy gloves were so welcome on my chilly hands during the photo shoot in the park.


Life-Size Chipmunk Sighting on Herron Hill

Friday afternoon I drove a colleague to the Strip District to pick up her car. It was raining. She’d gotten new tires.

At the red light, down Herron Hill, I saw a Life Size Chipmunk making her way to the intersection to cross Liberty Avenue. (The same spot I saw the groundhog scurrying under the cars.)

Oh that’s right, it was Halloween.

Office Party? Chip or Dale? Alvin? A leftover from the Furries
Convention.

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The city is there, I swear

On the way to school, I drove up McArdle Roadway to Mount Washington.

This is shot from the Duquesne Incline Platform.   A blanket of October 1st fog.

Almost a Wordless Wednesday.

Pittsburgh in fog


Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Photographing at night is one of my favorite things to do.

The city looks the most beautiful at night.

I scanned just a wee portion of my archives to get a representative sampling.

Nighttime- quiet, dark.  Sparkly, twinkly too as I seem to shoot a lot of lights.

Nightime. 

 nighttime

Anna and Maura and Henry getting ready to go to sleep.

light up night

The city lit up feels magical to me. Every November they have Light Up Night

Goorin Brothers Hats on Bleecker

Goorin Brothers Hat Shop on Bleecker Street, New York City

PAT bus on HighlandI

Inspired by my son-in-law James.  A bus on Bryant Street in Highland Park

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Table.

saxophone

Reggie Howze playing the saxophone on the Roberto Clemente Bridge

nightitme house

Love to photograph the decorated Christmas houses at night.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul Cathedral – Oakland Pittsburgh

balloon man

Balloon Man at Little Italy Days in Bloomfield

barn

The barn at Bobbijo and Tim’s wedding.

fire and ice

I posted this or a similar one for fire and ice. Definitely nighttime

Primanti Bros

Getting a sandwich late at night.  The sandwich with the french fries and coleslaw right on it.

downtown

The Greyhound Bus station at night in Pittsburgh

Night now.


80 Pounds of Fresh Linguine in a Day

No, not eaten.  Made!

I can tell you that it is delicious. Today I was buying walnuts and Amish butter and fresh eggs to make biscotti.

On Tuesday they make ravioli.  Mushroom, Imported cheese, artichoke, and many other varieties

Here is Carol in the Groceria Italiana (established 1958) in Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

She is of Irish German descent but is married to an Italian, she told me. Very hospitable and didn’t mind my questions at all.

There is a lovely photograph of Gloria who has passed but who made fresh pasta for years and years using these same machines.

One machine is 27 years old.

Thanks for letting me photograph the process with my iPhone.  I will return with my good camera one of these days.

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Another machine rolling the dough into strips.

 

 

 

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Preparing the strips for the machine.

 

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Here the pasta strips are being cut.

 

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Carol can make 80 pounds of fresh linguine in a day!

 

pasta cutterYou can see the different widths on the pasta cutter machine. Gloria’s photo is above the machine. Carol said her spirit is with them still.


Hot Town Summer in the City

Back of my neck feeling dirty and gritty.

This is a photograph without a caption other than waiting. One of my self-assignments is to experience more street photography this summer.

Taken with a 100-300mm Canon lens.  The old lightweight one.  Bought it used for $150 at the Camera Repair store.

Shot through the driver’s side glass when I was at  a red light.  I think I was spotted.

 

Waiting for the bus (1)


Dancing at Bougival as Turn of the Century Giant Sculpture

I was downtown at the Camera Repair Service again.  Don’t ask.  Used a different camera card to experiment and tes.

Here is the delight of the day- (Stef!) 

A monumental sculpture by J Seward Johnson has been at PPG Place for “about four days”, the guard said.

But don’t worry.  The giant dancers will be in place until October.

Dancing at Bougival (painted in 1883 by Pierre A. Renoiris in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Dancing at Bougival Fountains

 

 

 

 

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Dancing at Bougival PPG Place2

 

 

 

Dancing at Bougival PPG Place

From underneath

A Turn of the Century (1)

 

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Using the 100-300 Canon lens to get a closer look

 

 

Self Portrait at PPG PLace

The reflective glass made for a clear self portrait.

 


Market Square Chess Game

Used the 70-200mm lens on my Canon 5D Mark ll.

I had to take the 5D into the Camera Repair Shop on Market Street.

One thing when I take a shot like this, I realize I’m not a persistent or aggressive or even comfortable street photographer.  

I remained unnoticed and now wish I had taken more angles as I think about it in retrospect.

One certainly wouldn’t want to interrupt  the intense concentration.

 

market square chess 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

 


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