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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

 

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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


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