Chicago Skyline

Young (Trump Tower) vs. Old (Wrigley Building).  Chicago has an amazing number of beautiful and historic buildings.  These two are a mix of architecture styles, materials, thinking, purpose, etc…..  I loved this picture for so many reasons.  I hope you like it as well.

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Colorful Ruins

Here is another photo from inside the abandoned St. Peter and St. Paul Church.  I’ve included a black and white version of this photo as well.  I liked both versions.


Note:  please remember that I am still in the middle of a busy period.  In a little over a week, I’ll have more time to create longer blog posts.  Sorry.

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Black and White

Black and White

Piano Bar – Carnival Dream

It is hard to believe that our cruise happened over a month ago.  Wow time can fly by very fast.  Anyway, here is a picture from the Piano Bar on board the Carnival Dream cruise ship.  I have a routine that’s developed over time through our numerous cruises.  What I do is wake up at least one morning at an extremely early time to photograph the cruise ship when 99% of the passengers are asleep.  So I’ll get up at 5am to photograph the inside of the ship while it is empty (or so it appears) and stay up to capture the sunrise over the ocean.  If I get up later, the early birds will start to come out for their coffee.  If I get up to much earlier, the casino and party crowd will still be up getting in my photos.  5am is the magic hour on a cruise boat.


What I find extremely interesting about this photo is all the RED in the photo.  With a location like this, it can be very hard to get a good picture.  I think this turned out pretty good considering the environment. 

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St. Paul Cathedral

Last Sunday I was climbing around the abandoned St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Pittsburgh.  This Sunday I have a picture for you from St. Paul Cathedral in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh.  This church isn’t abandoned and has some great architecture.  Two extremes a week apart.

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Schools Out…..Forever!!!

I went on a nice photo walk yesterday with Jay Cassidy, Dave and Brad Truxell.  We went to an abandoned church (St. Peter's & St. Paul's Church) and school (Larimer Elementary) in the East Liberty area of Pittsburgh.  Here is a photo of the school hallway.  More pictures from these two sites in the future.

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White House

I’ll be busy over the next few weeks, so I’ll continue to post pictures on my routine schedule….but my blog comments will probably be shorter then normal.  But you’ll have to keep checking to make sure just in case I fine some extra time.  In the mean time, enjoy the photos. 

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Red Frog Rum Bar

As you know (if you’ve read the blog in the past), MJ and I were on a cruise a few weeks ago.  Sadly, it seems like two years ago already.  Well tonight, I have a picture of the Red Frog Rum Bar for you from the Lido deck of the Carnival Dream cruise ship.  I took this about 30 minutes after the rain stopped, that’s why everything is wet. 

I can’t honestly say I spent any time in this bar, but I loved the looks of it and had to photograph it.  So wherever you are tonight, have a cocktail and imagine you’re sitting in this bar.  Enjoy.

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WMU Bronco

This weekend, MJ and I traveled back to Kzoo (Kalamazoo) to visit some friends we haven’t seen since we moved to Pittsburgh back in 2010.  This trip was long over due.  We had a great time and got to see some great friends, but I’ll say that I am exhausted.  Oh, and driving across the State of Ohio is at the top of my “10 Least Favorite Things” list.  It’s just such a boring looking State.  It doesn’t seem to matter where you go in Ohio; it is just plain boring.  How’d I get on that subject, anyway…..

While we were in Kzoo, I drove around the city and WMU (Western Michigan University) to see many of our old stomping grounds. 

While on the university campus, I took this picture of the WMU Bronco in front of their student rec center and basketball stadium.  When we lived there, I probably walked past this monument dozens of times on the way to watch NCAA WMU men’s basketball games.  Go Broncos!!

Special note: MJ and I want to thank everyone who took time out of their schedules this weekend to visit with us while we were in Kzoo.  Thanks.

Duquene Incline

I took this 7 auto-bracketed HDR photo last summer while on a photo walk with Dave and Brad Truxell.  This was taken at the top of Mt. Washington at the Duquene Incline Station looking down on the City of Pittsburgh, Point State Park, and all three rivers (Ohio, Allegheny, and the Monongahela River).  For those of you not familiar with Pittsburgh, there are a few Inclines (like trolley cars) that travel up and down Mt. Washington.  They are used everyday for individuals who live/work on or near Mt. Washington.  Tourist also use them as a cool little experience…plus the view back down on the City of Pittsburgh is amazing.  In this photo, you can see the Duquene Incline tracks running along the bottom of the photo.

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Entrance To Maximum Security

I took this picture last year while touring the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville WV.  I posted some other pictures and information from this location in the past.  You can see that here:  http://brook-ward.com/blog/2013/6/15/walkin-the-line


This picture is the transition point from the normal prison population into the really, really bad boys held in Maximum Security.

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Harpa Concert Hall And Conference Centre

This is a beautiful concert hall in the harbor of Reykjavik Iceland.  It held it’s opening concert in May 2011 and is home to both the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera. 

I took this picture at about 1am in the morning when the sun was still setting in the harbor.  It was a perfect blue hour, except the blue hour lasted about 6 hours…because the sun doesn’t ever set during the summer in Iceland.  It’s an amazing example of beautiful modern architecture put in perfect place to make the entire project wonderful.  When you see it, you can’t help but be drawn towards it. 

Hawksbill Turtle

While we were on the island of Roatan, which is the largest Honduras’ Bay Island, I got a few dives completed.  Honestly, Roatan has some of the best scuba diving I’ve done anywhere in the world.  The reefs are very healthy, short boat trips, and tons of sea life.  I’ve been to Roatan twice and both times it’s been amazing diving. 

To make it that much better, the people are super friendly, the island is beautiful, and everything is reasonable from a price perspective.  During both of my visits, I dove with Anthony’s Key Resort.  They have great facilities, boats, equipment and resort reefs.  I would highly recommend them. 

During my dives, I saw Lion Fish, Lobsters, Groupers, a ton of Hawksbill Turtles.  I found this guy relaxing on the reef.  He just sat there letting me take his picture over and over.  I wish I was back in Roatan again……



Dual Sunrise

As I mentioned in my last post, I was attempting to capture the sunrise over the ocean in new and creative ways.  Tonight’s photo was taken from the jogging track on the Carnival Dream.  On the right is the actual sunrise.  On the left, the sunrise is reflecting off the windows to the on board steak house.  I hope you enjoy this different take on common photography subject.