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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Main StreetStreet life of Main Street Fredericksburg Texas by night and by day. Friday March 28. The weekly challenge on wordpress by Cheri Lucas Rowlands is street life.   Pedestrians in crosswalk         couple in front of brewery         cars going up and down Main Street   Earlier in the day     Gun and Blade show Should have included the traffic below.             IMG_6287   Along Main Street Fredericksburg Texas     IMG_6379       IMG_6384           pansies        
        Walking with two grandchildren My friend Kristin and two of her grandchildren


Night Wing to Texas

Waited to capture the red light as it flashed on the plane wing. Took a few tries-

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As I looked out the window, I thought a lot about a cool book my sister gave to the kids about Bernoulli’s PrincipleBernoulli’s principle

Aerodynamics is amazing to me.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Inside

egg interior

 

egg

excuses kitchen

 

Excuses Kitchen

 

chili

Pot of Chili

snow yard

 

Snow Yard from the Kitchen

 

 

 

concert

 

Carnegie Music Hall Pittsburgh PA

 

 

tent

Center for the Arts Wedding – Marc and Roberta

fridge

Refrigerator

bloomfield house

Bloomfield Window

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Detroit Artist at Mattress Factory

warholWarhol Museum

bakeryJean Marc Chatellier Bakery Millvale


Night Diner

9th Street       South Phillynight diner


Night Light on the Holocaust Sculpture “Keeping Tabs”

I was wondering what I’d post following the dedication post  of the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Holocaust Sculpture from yesterday.  Thank you for the thoughtful comments and for sharing it with those who were unable to attend.

And then the artist Elena Hiatt Houlihan called me Monday night to say she’d taken photographs of Keeping Tabs at night with a borrowed tripod.

She said to me, “You have to see it at night.  The light is beautiful.”

I was half asleep-

but after we hung up, I pulled jeans over my pjs,  threw on a coat and grabbed a hat.  I drove up Beechwood Boulevard to photograph the sculpture even though Elena had already left.   It was 10 PM.

My tripod was at school in my classroom so I took up a Swifter with a flat top pole to steady my camera.

No moonlight to help the effort.

As I got out of the car, I  saw the light reflecting off the six million pop tabs encased in the glass blocks. All was quiet.  It was moving.

I was all alone until a single figure arrived and entered the sculpture for a  time.

I tried a number of settings, shutter speeds, aperture and white balance, trying to get the best quality shot I could, given lack of tripod or remote cable.   It was in the low 40′s and I was wishing I had my tripod.  Night photography takes practice.

This post seems to complete yesterday’s photographic essay.  Good idea, Elena.

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and then too much light, blown out- but autumn colors in the surrounding trees

 

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keeping tabs at 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


If You’re In Town, Go See OUR TOWN (Pittsburgh, that is)

Just returned home after an unexpected evening at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Friends called and asked if we would like to go with them. My dad loved this play and I thought of him a lot as I watched it.

Thornton Wilder wrote it in 1938.  I’d say it is still going strong!

Directed by Ted Pappas.  A really fine performance by all, headed up by Tom Atkins.  Act 3 made me cry.

You’ve probably read the play or seen it, the movie or a TV version.  Iconic, they say.  A classic.

My parents were married in 1939.  I have to ask my sister more about their affinity for it but tonight was a dress rehearsal  at the O’Reilly Theater.

Opening night is tomorrow September 26th.  It will run until October27th.

Everyone stood at the end of the play and gave the cast an enthusiastic, solid standing ovation.  Powerful.

Had my cell to shoot this scene outside the theatre.  The LION KING was happening at the Benedum and  a school bus parked, waiting.  A busy night for downtown Pittsburgh, our town.

Anyway, if you live in Pittsburgh, find a time to get downtown sometime in the next 30 days and experience OUR TOWN.

Our Town on Penn Ave

Penn Avenue Shot at Intermission between Acts


“Sunoco” Painted by Jon Walker, Artist

Today the painting arrived.  A few months ago, I heard from artist Jon Walker.

He asked if he could paint the Sunoco station photograph he saw on the blog.

I thought it was a cool request and appreciated his asking permission. His intention was to paint it, not to sell it to me.

I liked the look of it, the feel  and although it was summer and no paycheck season until we returned to school,  the gallery put the red dot on it “sold”.   It is a wonderful painting.  I am thrilled to have it now.

Thanks Jon and the team in Savannah who helped get it to me. When I called again about being remiss in sending the $ I discovered the painting had migrated to another Savannah gallery- The Atlantic Beacon Gallery  (go and like them on Facebook, too) where Jon Walker is the visiting artist for September.  If you click the link you can see some of his other paintings.

They were most gracious to pack and ship it.  Thank you thank you.

 

Phone shot  of ” Sunoco”on the mantel tonight after I unpacked it

Sunoco  painted by artist Jon Walker

Sunoco painted by artist Jon Walker

 

The August show  Remixing Banality: Rural Studies by Jon Walker was at the Butcher Gallery.   

You can go to the Butcher Gallery Facebook page,  and see the painting on the left wall at the show (be sure to click the “like” button while you are there! )

The original photo posted in April 2010  On the Way to Munhall

Sunoco at Night

 

 

 

A photo Jon emailed of the show at The Butcher Gallery in Savannah  (not sure who photographed this to give credit)

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Maz and the Rockets Red Glare

One more photograph from Fireworks Night. Bill Mazeroski statue lit up by the Zambelli Fireworks last Saturday night.

 

MAz and the Rockets Red Glare

Bill Mazeroski statue in silhouette against a fiery sky. 


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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Grove City Magnificent Tree

When you read tree I hope you didn’t start to snore z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z

After the football game, Steve said "Look at that tree!"

After the football game, Steve said “Look at that tree!”

 

And then as we walked to the car I said, “Steve, that is the same tree, backlit from the stadium lights!”

 

 

tree from front

Tried to find out the use of the building online with no result. Steve saw a sign that said
Mineral Hall?

 

I needed Frank Relle of Frank Relle Photography  in New Orleans to instruct me how to light up the building at night,  He is a master of night photography.

 

But it was a magnificent tree.

 

 

 

 

 


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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Night Game Review

Grove City HS beat Pittsburgh Carrick HS 34-12 but it was a good game. The Pittsburgh Carrick team is under new leadership and the whole effort and spirit is respectable and positive.  Last year the score for the same first non-conference game was Grove City 40 and Carrick 0.  This year it was a real game and Carrick scored first and last.  Nice job, guys, coaches.

Several of my photography students are on the team and some of the students I’ve met in another capacity.  The Spanish teacher and his three teenage kids were in attendance as well and we were happy to be there.

It was about 65 miles north of the city and I was glad Steve went with me, especially for the long, dark ride back home.  The gentleman in the concession stand was giving away the leftover hot dogs after the game and wouldn’t take any $.  Nice hosts!    (Shot with Canon 5D Mark ii and a 70-200 L series Lens, steadied on a chain link fence top)

after the night game


Pool Party Panorama

Still playing around with the panorama option on the iPhone to capture the pool at night.

The weather has cooled down considerably so when you get out of the water, and the air hits you, it feels like fall. Brrrr.  Last day of July.

Pool at Night


Light Writing in the Backyard

 

Four grandchildren in the backyard

+Four White Lightning Sticks with strobe effect (@$5)

+Fading light

+Grandma’s camera on bulb setting, propped on the garden fence.

+Energy and Enthusiasm for the experiment

= ________________________  FUN!

Light Writing

 

We started out slowly, sitting down on the lawn.

 

 

Light Writing 2

 

I suggested a little more movement.   I’d say they complied on both of these shots.

 

 

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Light Writing 4

Michael, Maura, Anna and Jack with their White Lightning Sticks in the Backyard

The final one, directed by Anna, Circles all around.  She staggered her siblings so no one hit one another.  It started to get buggy. We’ll try again another night.

 


Just Past Midnight- Columbus Ohio

My son Mark drove me and my sister downtown so Mary could catch a 1:10 AM bus to DC to visit some friends. We’ve had a nice couple of weeks together, first in New York City and then with the family in Columbus.

After we dropped her at the Greyhound station, he drove me around the downtown area so I could get a few nighttime shots of the city.  The Ohio Statehouse- just a bit of it as I shot it from the car window. Had the 70-200mm Canon L series lens on the camera.  I should have gotten out of the car but we were on our way to take Mary.  I had envisioned flags flying as they had been the last time we drove by in the daytime, but not even a breeze.

Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Statehouse (Greek Revival) Built 1839-1861

Christopher Columbus Statue

Christopher Columbus  in front of City Hall-  a 3-ton bronze statue- Uncrated Oct 10, 1955   A gift from Genoa

LeVeque Tower

LeVeque Tower- second tallest building- Art Deco with red white and blue lights on it tonight for the upcoming Fourth of July

The Palace Theater

The Palace Theatre

Eternal Flame

The Columbus Fire Department Memorial Eternal Flame 

The Santa Maria

(You hear about “noise” in a photograph.  This is a fine example of “noise”)

The Santa Maria in Battelle Riverfront Park on the Scioto River

Nationwide Building

City buses lined up headed north

Columbus Dispatch SignThe Columbus Dispatch Neon Sign across from the State Capitol Building

Thanks Mark for the just past midnight tour of Columbus downtown.


Vacuuming the Sewers in New York City at Night

What is a Vactor truck?,   I had to ask.

Another man on the sidewalk said, “Haven’t you ever seen a vacuum cleaner before?”

(Not exactly an ElectroLux), Mary said to me.

It was night in the West Village near Bleecker and West 10th.  What a nice guy. I can’t tell you his name which is too bad. He said, “sure you can take my picture.” when I asked.

He explained how the other truck had a camera they could look down into the pipes drains and sewer.

Vactor Truck Worker

 

 

 

 

 

The Vactor Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vactor Truck


Night on Bryant Street- Italian(2), Belgium, Japanese, Thai, a PayPhone, the Laundromat, a Market and a Bus

Monday night when we drove  through the neighborhood in the rain, none of the restaurants were open except for Smiling Banana Leaf. (Thai).

Joseph Tambellini’s is the first exterior I photographed and you should taste the delicious meatballs.

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Vampire’s Assistant at Midway Theatre, Forest Hills, Queens

A theatre lit up at night attracts my eye. (Is it theater or theatre? This sign ends in tre) I see theaters transformed and repurposed all the time so want to preserve the genre before they all disappear.

I shot the Midway Theatre  when I visited my sister in NYC and we went out to Queens on the subway to meet friend Matt and eat at Just Like Mother’s Restaurant. You can read a blog about the mostly Eastern European fare, see some Borscht-  if you click on the name.

I took this about three years ago (11/2009) but came across it when I was looking for a response to a weekly challenge and since theaters are a vanishing breed, I like to photograph them, read what’s playing.  Thought this was an interesting selection.  Always like to work on my night photography and think about how I would change the settings next time.

Midway Theater Queens


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.

 

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Incline Operator

Meet Chuck Wise.  He says his job has its “ups and downs.”  You can find him on youtube he told me!    Thanks for the tour, Chuck.  I was showing fellow blogger Vastly Curious around the Burgh Wednesday night, all the fine sights (  the city view on Grandview Avenue in Mount Washington)

Brrrr it was windy out on the platform.

Churck Wise (like the potato chip he reminded me so I’d spell his name right) has been operating the incline for about 15 years, just as his Great Grandfather did.

He graciously allowed me to photograph and blog him.. Thanks Chuck.

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Opened to Public: May 20, 1877
Cost to Build: $47,000
Length of Track: 794 feet
Elevation: 400 feet
Grade: 30.5 degrees
Speed: 6 miles per hour
Passenger: Capacity 18 per car
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Illumination Deux

Today when I read the Retiring Sort’s blog post with the  beautiful Moravian Stars in NYC, I remembered a star display I photographed in January 2010. It was a block from West Penn Hospital on Friendship Avenue.  It was magical and they were suspended between several row houses’ yards. Not sure if they had them up this year or not.  This is a p.s. to the Weekly Photo Challenge.:Illumination.

Illumination Stars

 


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