Tour Guide

Krista Stevens at WordPress creates some interesting photo challenges. This week we’re to show where we live with the theme Tour Guide,   

Here’s a Pittsburgh montage.  Knowing when to stop digging in the archives is the problem but it’s one AM so we’ll start with this gallery tonight.

If you enter the city from the south- Ft Pitt Tunnel and Bridge this is the view when you emerge from the tunnel,

Duquesne Incline and a view of the city

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Statue of beloved Mayor Caliguiri on the steps of the City-County Building

 

Andy Warhol Museum Detail and the old Lobby

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East Liberty Carnegie Library and Presbyterian Church

 

Mr Rogers Sweater and sneakersMr. Rogers Sweater and Sneakers at the Airport Display

The Point and the fountain. Where the three rivers meet, Allegheny and Monongahela form the Ohio River,

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Incline in the Snow

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History\

 

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Carnegie Museum of Art

 

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Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden Courtyard

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Above-Forbes Field Wall and Bill Mazeroski Statue with Fireworks.  1960 World SeriesBill Mazeroski

 

Immaculate REception

 

 

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Ritter’s Diner

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St Paul Cathedral

St Paul Cathedral at Night

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Heinz Field at Night

Heinz Hall

Heinz Hall at Night

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Prantl’s Bakery-Home of the World Famous Burnt Almond Torte

 

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Heinz Chapel

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Keeping Tabs- Holocaust Memorial- Squirrel Hill

 

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning

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From the Norhside- Fineview

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Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River

 

Got Bridges?  Why yes, we do!

 

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Lost Kennywood- Kennywood Amusement Park

 

North Side- Cloud Arbor by the Children’s Museum

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Southside Club Cafe   Live Music VenueSt. Paul Cathedral in Oakland

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AMTRAK station downtown

 

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Carnegie Library- Oakland

East Liberty- Motor Square Garden and the Presbyterian Church

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Guard rails, hills, and retaining walls.

 

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Phipps Conservatory

Lawrenceville Neighborhood- Arsenal Lanes

 

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Art Rooney Statue in the Snow

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Shadyside Variety Store

Kaufmann’s Clock Downtown.

 

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Kennywood Amusement Park- Racer

TOUR GUIDE

Pittsburgh Autumn in a Bright Light

Yesterday I photographed a few scenes in the drizzly rain. I posted Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light.

Today it was bright and so I returned to the same spots. You can’t see how windy it was.

Thinking about how light affects the mood, color and feel of a photograph.

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Carrie Furnace in a bright light today

 

Today’s shot of the Homestead Smokestacks

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homestead stacks autumnYesterday in the dull light.   The overcast day seems to make the colors more vibrant.

and Three Red Trees

 

 

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Homestead Grays Bridge from the other shore  The Monongahela river today.

 

 

and look what happened on my way home? CLOUDS! Lots of clouds arrived in about fifteen minutes time.

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Pittsburgh Autumn in a Dull Light

Overcast.

Rain.

Diffused light.

I was down in Homestead at the Waterfront, having been up the hill in West Mifflin.

Shopped for flannel sheets.  Readying for the cold weather.

And though the day was rainy, I thought I’d shoot to include the changing leaves, give a sense of time and place.

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Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River

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Homestead Stacks

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Homestead Grays Bridge from Below
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Monongahela River View

Waterfront autumn

at the Red Light I saw this tree.

And just for fun, closer to home, the dog in the passenger seat signaling a right turn?

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Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River

Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River.

Return and photograph a scene you have shot before- a different day, different weather, different angle, different light

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Previous Posts of Carrie Furnace

*Took a similar shot three years ago, almost to the day.

*Reflection on a day when the river was fairly still.  

*A shot with some leaves on the trees and a barge and tug

Carrie Furnace Reflection in the Monongahela River

With the sun sinking as I was headed to Swissvale to deliver Girl Scout cookies for Anna, I saw Carrie Furnace and the river in a warm glow.  I pulled into the Rivers of Steel parking lot and got out of the car and photographed a few  shots of the reflection.  And then I saw the full moon in the frame!  Good to return to a location shot before and to try to capture a different light and scene. No barge today. A travel channel video on the history and a tour of Carrie Furnace is here.  The autumn view is here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Self-Portrait

Along the Monongahela River by late afternoon light and at night on the way home from the Waterfront in Homestead. Two of my favorite  views, anytime of day or night!

I had the cardboard “me” in the car already.  We make people out of brown corrugated boxes. I always make myself as a model for the students, this year with gray yarn hair!

Some of you know I teach Art in the City K-8th grade.  Not too many people get to make themselves out of scrap cardboard at their job.  The “Flat Ruthie” (have you ever seen Flat Stanley?I photographed him for granddaughter Anna’s school project) was driving around with me cause I was thinking it might make a fun Christmas card, myself and the skyline or something.

In 2009 I was in a self-portrait show at Silver Eye Center of Photography.  I can’t tell you how many images I shot of myself in my kitchen, trying to look young and thin.  Figured I could achieve both effects with myself as a cardboard puppet. No wrinkles on the smooth cardboard.

Along Beechwood Boulevard looking to Homestead

Tug, Barges and Carrie Furnace on the Monongahela River- Autumn Afternoon

After school I drove down the slopes to the flats and headed to Homestead to buy a special cable for an external hard drive so I could retrieve a summer photo for Erika.

I turned onto Waterfront Road towards Best Buy and saw the late afternoon light reflected and warm the rusting metal across the Mon. Pulled over and stood on top of a guard rail to capture the sinking light on the Carrie Furnace, remnants of Homestead Steel Works  and then I heard the tug and saw it pushing the barges up the river.  It was a mighty scene on the river and the limitations of photography or my ability to capture it thoroughly, the seeing and feeling it, became clear once again.

The Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation sponsors tours but the last one was October 15th so will have to wait until 2012.

If you want to get a real feel for the Blast Furnaces and the incredible history, interviews with employees  and historical photographs I recommend watching at least video # 1 at this website.  I especially liked the man reading the last names of the workers he found in some type of log at the site. He spoke of reading obituaries of workers who gave 30-40 years of hard work for the Homestead Steel Works What a compilation of footage of Carrie Furnace.  Closed in 1986.