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Easter Decorations in the City

door decoration off 40th street

Electric lights and tinselly garland for Easter time in Pittsburgh?  Not my house.

 

 

and Laura (who was born in Germany) said she would like to make an Easter Tree so I am taking her the German Easter decorations.  Feels good to pass them on. I remember when we moved to Germany at EAster time and on the table in the Gasthaus was a platter of earth and real green grass growing with colored eggs peeking out of the grass.  It was so pretty and inviting.  The tablecloth is from our former exchange student Yvonne.

 

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The Shop in East Liberty

It’s been here for more than a year in the East Liberty neighborhood.  Where have I been?

Driving back and forth from school each day, I’ve been passing this shop since it opened in September 2012.

Right there on Highland Avenue.

I know mornings when I drive by on the way to school it’s dark and of course closed

but I  thought I had some keen  observational skills.  Ha!

Guess not!    Missed this shop until….

Saturday I was meeting my friend R for lunch at Pig and Chicken next door. (I photographed the Pig and Chicken one night in Feb 2012 before The Shop in East Liberty was established.)

I  had the chance to go inside as I was a few minutes early for lunch.  I met the shop owner Julia Reynolds, and purchased  a unique, Made-in-USA , artist crafted item for a gift – so can’t reveal what I bought yet cause they might see it on the blog today.

The store itself is a work  of art and cool design. You can check out the “unique handcrafted gifts here

A return trip is necessary to  more photos so you can see some of the artists’ work.  You’ll have to click the link to see the art!

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Julia at The Shop in East Liberty

 

 

Ringing up my sale and giftboxing with white and red baker’s string.

 

 

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Took the one above when I got home as I liked the look of the little cube box tied with string.

 

The Shop in East Liberty


On My Way Home

 

 

fall colors

 

 

Steve was driving in quite a few of these and the others I pulled over. Can you tell which are shot with the Canon 5D and which are shot with the iPhone?

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What I Must Look Like to Others

While sitting in Pamela’s with Erika’s family I saw someone out of the corner of my eye. I was waiting for two eggs over easy- but pulled out the phone.
When I looked out the window I saw this guy shooting in the alley.
Wondered what he saw.
I have shot the same alley at night.
He was intent. Took his time. Shot quite a few. He seemed to stay in the same spot and did not kneel or step to either side- but I thought to myself that this must be what I look like to others around me.

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Have a good week.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Apparent horizon or visible horizon.  The line where the earth meets sky.

We’ve got plenty of buildings and trees that block the clean line around here.

First up – Coney Island Horizon

Coney Island Horizon

 

 

 

Another clean line separating earth and sky in Cumberland Ohio at The Wilds

Wilds Horizon

 

Charleston West Virginia Horizon

WV Horizon

 

 

 

Hardy VA HorizonHardy Virginia Horizon

 

 

 

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VA Horizon (1)On the road to Virginia Horizon

 

 

New York City Horizon

NYC Horizon

 

 

 

Pittsburgh Horizon

And a vertical taken in traffic at the red light Pittsburgh PA

 

Okay, that’s a pretty good sampling of horizons.

Starting to get too many choices to put up.  I’m stopping now and going to bed.  I thought about going into an external hard drive and finding British Columbia or Okanogan WA but it’s late.

NIght.

 

 

 


Friday Night City Lights

After the homecoming dance I drove up to Grandview Ave. on Mt. Washington.  I mistakenly thought the Liberty Tunnel was closed until 6AM.  Not!

The clear fall night air lent itself to a couple of photos, sans tripod, just a fence.

The Gulf Building lights are pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Downtown City Lights

 


Reserve Now- Avoid the Rush

Walking along Smallman Street, I saw this sign.

 

Santa Suit Sign


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!

 


Raising the Jolly Roger in the Burgh

Baseball in October’s called BUCTOBER around here. Go Bucs! 

For the first time in a couple of decades, the whole city of Pittsburgh is excited about baseball.

(Now Sue, you were there all the twenty one years of losing seasons too so this must be especially sweet)

Pittsburgh Pirates -  a winning season and  clinched a spot in the playoffs.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Sounds like a cinch, doesn’t it?   From lines to patterns? Organic might have been a better route. Nature.bridge (1)

After reading about this week’s challenge and viewing some fellow bloggers posts, here’s my gallery.

It was suggested to go with the “tiled mosaic gallery” so I thought I’d try it.

 

 

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<3 Responsible Dog Owners

Photographed during  a walk this summer, I’m always trying to keep up….  as I was looking for a photo to post tonight, I was reminded me of an ongoing issue in the city. Probably in most cities and towns across the nation.

There are responsible dog owners (xxooxx)               and irresponsible dog owners   :-(.

You read about it on the neighborhood list-serve. Complaints.   Or see it when you take a walk in the nearby park.  Or find a deposit on your lawn.  Uh-oh.  I think there are more responsible dog owners than not but thought this was a good illustration of  a couple of responsible ones.

Laura and Anna walking Penny and Henry in mid-July.

Noticed the little blue bags this evening, two months after I took the photograph

Noticed the little blue bags this evening, two months after I took the photograph


Art of Steel Ltd. Signage

Saw this Sunday afternoon in the Strip District on the sidewalk in front of Art of Steel Ltd.

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Strip District World Festival

I was going down to the Strip to work on an ongoing photography project I started.

Seemed like a good day to go as I was in town, no school on Sunday and the weather was perfect.

As soon as I neared the Strip, I saw an incredible amount of traffic backed up and some tent tops.  Parked immediately instead of trying to get closer and walked the rest of the way. Here’s what I saw

Strip District World Festival- A Community Event    

Tavern 19

Food-

I ate a  delicious Baklava from Taverna 19, a new place with Greek food and dancing at night. (Right across from Primanti’s)  I had already eaten lunch at home. Who knew?

Manuela

Manuela the Caricaturist

music

Dance to the Music

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Steel Dragon Kung Fu members dance the Lion Dance

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This note from Chris at Steel Dragon   the dance is actually a LION DANCE

I would like to mention that actually we did a lion dance today. The MC confused the name of what we were doing. Our name (as you know) is Steel Dragon (or Gong Lung in Chinese). What we did was a lion dance. The actual name of the one we did  today is “Eight Immortals Carry the Mountain to Fill the Eastern Sea”, which is a story from a classic novel called the Eight Immortals Cross the Sea. 

Incidentally, Dragons have many more people than lions (7-100 people vs 2 in a lion) and when you see the head, you can tell their different. If you want, you can check out the video we just posted which has clips from lion and dragons dances on it (plus I just edited so I love when people look at it :-) ) The link is on our website under videos. (see  link)

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Look behind you!

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Alex and Ben were the Lion with Steeler Colors

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Two Pound Pepperoni Roll and Mr. Sunseri

BLack and Gold

Schorin’s has everything

Price Bennett

Mr. Bennett Price

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Bagpiper on Penn Avenue, Saturday Night

Unexpected bagpipe music emanating from Penn Avenue near the Car Park, on our way to the Fireworks Night at PNC Park-

Steve pulled over to the curb.  I got out of the car.  Placed a bill in her case on the walk and asked if it would be all right to take a photo.  She nodded.

A student at Carnegie Mellon University, piping for the Tartans, practicing, playing cool music for downtown Pittsburgh

AND imprinted on her card-

Bagpiping for Western Pennsylvania, (and doing a great job of it, too)

and at the bottom-  Weddings, Funerals, Military Functions, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Social Events, Group and Individual Instruction.  Solo and Band Prizes -US Canada and Scotland   I believe it!

….. Her name is Liz Cherry and she is skilled in the way of the pipes!

Bagpiper on Penn Avenue

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I crossed Penn Avenue and took this view, to capture the surroundings.


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
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Option two- iPhone panorama

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Another panorama

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Demonstrate the concept of FOCUS in a new post.  Focus. Out of focus. Chain link fence should be this week’s challenge for me.

Focus is an ongoing challenge not limited to this week.

I often shoot through a chain link fence.

Living in the city there’ a lot of it.

Sometimes the fence is in focus and sometimes it’s the  blurred fence and the focus on what I see behind the fence.  What I was going for in the first place.

A continuous study of depth of field.   I am constantly telling my students to develop a photographic practice so one can improve.

Chain Link Focus

 

 

 

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Coney Island Focus (1)

 

Just look at the sharp focus on the garbage, the fence is almost invisible.  Why do I always try to shoot something with a barrier between?  And why am I attracted to trash?  Mmmmm.

 

 

Coney Island Focus

 

Closer object/ street light is in sharp focus……….ooops, no chain link fence in this one.

 

 

 

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Through iron bars, does nicely, too.

 

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Focused fence, out of focus houses. Bloomfield

 

 

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Can’t see those cookbooks in the display for the window frame either.

 

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Shadyside, after weekend.  Howe Street.

 

NYC Focus

Thought this one went nicely with the series even though it would have been impossible to get a sharp focus of the reflection of the building.


Self-Portrait in Someone’s Trash

 

 

 

 

 

On my classroom keyboard was a nice note,written on composition paper, from the computer man who stopped in yesterday  -

back up computer- hard drive must be replaced.

Now one thing I know is that discussing any sort of computer issue is instant snooze z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z

BUT look what I found today as I copied photos to a borrowed external hard drive!

A photo I took last Spring of my on the way to school.

I’m in the oval mirror.  Really.  And I loved the carport and the seemingly crooked pole.

Thanks for looking and thanks for all the good birthday wishes for Michael’s 8th yesterday.

I got to partake in the festivities via FaceTime along with the other grandparents in Virginia and it was fun.

Ninth graders come to school tomorrow for orientation.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve seen this photo before.

When I saw the theme for the week, a single photo came to mind.  I went to the archives and found other images I’ve photographed in the Golden Hour but am posting my favorite.

Laura and James, six months after their wedding. Remember my story how the mother-of-the-bride can’t be the photographer so they dressed up in their wedding clothes and we went around the city so I could photograph them.    James knew some great spots, Downtown Columbus Ohio.  Union Station Arch

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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: In the Background

Oops.  Between going away for the holiday weekend and my consternation about loyal and regular followers not being able to receive the blog in email, I forgot to do last Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background.   Tomorrow there will be another challenge so this one is in just under the wire

 

This challenge was just that- a challenge.

Flatiron Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinatown

 

 

Fishmarket  Chinatown NYC

 

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A class trip picture in Central Park

 

 

Eataly Bread making

 

Breadmaking at Eataly NYC

Horse Eye

The horse’s eye at Booker T Washington Monument Park Virginia

 

 

Prometheus

 

From the giant Lego store- Prometheus

 

 

 

Eataly

 

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Farm Chicken

Chicken through the fence

 

 

 

Washington Square

Washington Square Park

 

Church Spire on Bleecker St

 

Homestead

A note I found in the back of the room

 

 

 

 

(Thanks to everyone who wrote and commented about my ongoing frustration that many friends and followers can’t even subscribe to the email to receive it.  What’s up with that , WordPress?  I have tried to send the link or forward the post and they don’t get it either.  AND from three different types of email- mac, yahoo and a virgin gmail account.)


Bob Rumba- Ventriloquist, Comedian, Balloon Artist and All Around Funny Guy

His card states COMIC GENIUS*

and the asterisk below statement says *Genius Available by Appointment Only.  

When Steve and I were downtown at the Gallery Crawl a couple of weeks ago, we were walking  in front of the new Arcade Comedy Theater.   Kristy was out front distributing info and invited us in. I told her my daughter Laura was taking an improv class in Columbus.

Free beer!  Hmmm.  Steve thought that sounded good.  There was improv going on in the theatre.  Lots of good energy in the place.

We promised to return another time when we didn’t have to be somewhere.

We were on our way home but with the free beer and the man in the window motioning for us to come in, too, what else could we do?Just a few minutes.

Turns out it was Bob Rumba, All Around Funny Guy.   

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Women outside the Arcade Comedy Theater

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The Trees Sue’s Dad Had the City Plant, 35 Years Ago

Yesterday Sue commented on the new tulip tree being planted in front of my house. She told how her father had the city plant trees up and down her street, thirty five years ago, and how they were a memorial to him. He was featured on the blog for a Veteran’s Day post- Martin H. Cooper.

Today I was driving by her street on my way home from the Waterfront. Took two cell shots of his trees. Thanks Sue for your good words on the blog.

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The City Planted a Tulip Tree

Ten years ago, I lost the giant sycamore in front of my house. It must have been 100 years old.  I even called in a tree doctor to see if it could be saved. It was a sad loss when in was cut down.  I applied for a new tree through the city,

Last Saturday, volunteers planted a  new tree in front- Liriodendron Tulipifera. A tulip tree. A yellow poplar.   The leaves are the shapes of tulips. It is a beautiful looking tree and I am so grateful to have it planted.  I read it is the state tree of Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee and may grow to 170 feet tall.

Email instructions arrived on how to water it deeply by using a big bucket with holes in the bottom and how to not put mulch touching the bark so  fungus doesn’t grow on the bark are a couple of tips.

Does anyone remember the television commercial encouraging the planting of trees? There was a quote – It’s a mature man who plants a tree under whose shade he will never sit.   I looked it up and all I could find is a Greek proverb…

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Tulip TreeHow about my crop of dandelions?


Woke Up, It Was a Foggy Morning

In The Early Morning Fog

In The Early Morning Fog

My sister and I were on the phone and she  had just asked me about my seeing things to photograph and am I always on the lookout for a good photo and I said I think I take fewer pictures now, that I am not obsessing about getting a decent shot blah blah blah and THEN-

And when I got to the red light at the end of the Liberty Bridge  before the tunnel, I saw the fog enveloping the PPG building except for the pointy towers peeking through.

I opened the back window and took a quick shot.

On the way to school the next day I didn’t get a red light so no photo.

Day three!  A red light and another quick pick of the city without the fog.

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