This is a photo from our Sedona trip last spring. We went on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. I liked the shadow of our balloon on the side of a Sedona mountain.
Here is another great photo from our trip to Peru. This isn’t the typical view of Machu Picchu. That’s probably what I like best about it. It’s different. MJ and I explored every angle and aspect of the wonderful “must see” location.
Last week, Brad, Dave, Blair and I went into Pittsburgh to take advantage of the warm weather and capture some great photos. We went to a location; we’ve never been to before for a slightly different perspective of the skyline. I hope you like it.
Last November, Blair and I got a chance to explore Detroit for a short period of time. One of our stops was the Farwell building. The building wasn’t the most interesting I’ve ever been in, but this central atrium was wonderful. This building also had the most interesting access point. It involved rain, climbing, tight spaces, etc…. Anyway, I hope you like the photo.
I took this photo last summer with Michael Shilo Luzano. I met Michael in Peru and we setup a time for him and I to shoot together a few weeks later. We spent a good part of the day photographing many of Pittsburgh’s most popular spots. I particularly liked this photo from that day.
I took this photo in Puno Peru late in the afternoon while my dad and I were walking around town. I honestly don’t remember what building this is, but I loved the door.
Tonight I have an oldie for you. This photo is from a 2014 trip to Detroit with Jay. We spent the better part of 3 days photographing lots of spots including this location (Packard Plant). Fun times….
We did a private island tour toward the end of our time on St. Maarten. I made the driver take us up to the top a hill, which had a gated community at the top. We couldn’t get into the neighborhood, but we got this great view. It was a wonderful stop on our tour that provided a view of the cruise port that most people don’t see. I hope you enjoy it.
On our trip to St. Barts, I darted into the St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church to capture some photos of the inside. I ran into the Parish Administrator (Philip), who gladly allowed me access. I was and still am appreciative because I captured this great image during those few moments. Thanks Philip!!
By the way, St. Barts is an outstanding place. I recommend you put it on your travel bucket list.
On our last trip to NYC, we visited the 9/11 Memorial site for the first time. I captured a ton of photos from every angle trying to capture this wonderful memorial….at least until the anti-tripod police stopped me.
This is a “must see” location for every American.
To be completely honest, I had never heard of this magazine before until very recently. I learned about them when they decided to feature one of my old photos in their March 2016 issue. I’m honored and happy to help them.
Here is another from the Fisher Body Plant in Detroit Michigan. It was a fun experience and cool to see so many other photographers in the same place at the same time. You can see my other post from this location here: http://brook-ward.com/blog/2015/11/28/fisher-body-plant-assembly-line
On a recent photo walk with Brad and Dave, we were looking for something unique. Something that hasn’t been photographed a million times. That’s when we decided to photograph CMU. We got access to Baker Hall and I captured this amazing stairwell. The security guard told me that it is the best stairwell on the campus and I think he was right.
The only Detroit Lions’ player in the history of the franchises, who consistently torn this place up (Pontiac Silverdome), was Barry Sanders. Frankly….he was and is still the best running back to ever play the game. He’d hold every running record, except he retired early. It’s sad to see his home field in this condition. At the same time, Ford Field is so much better than the Silverdome. Fortunately, I had the privilege of seeing Barry play here in person, plus dozens of games on TV.
One other cool fact, not only did the Detroit Pistons play their home games in this building for a long time, but I played high school varsity basketball game on the Piston’s court in this building. It’s an experience that I’ll never forget and therefore this building has a special meaning for me.
Last fall while in NYC, MJ and I covered a large section of Manhattan. And of course, I photographed every moment. I captured this photo on our 2nd night as we walked back to our hotel. I noticed the Empire State Building reflecting off this glass skyscraper and had to capture the moment. It’s a very artsy type of photo, which I love. I’m guessing that this won’t be something most people like, but I like it.
This is the underside of the Panther Hallow Road inside Schenley Park. Brad, Dave and I spent some time wandering around this park in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh.
What can I say about this photo? I took this photo downtown last summer while on a photo walk with Brad and Dave. This is the entrance to the US Steel Building underground parking.
This church is referred to in Polish as Kościół Matki Boskiej. It is a historic church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, one of the city’s oldest (dedicated 1905) and largest churches. It is located on Polish Hill and is a prime example of ‘Polish Cathedral’ style modeled on St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
I met Dave and Brad last Sunday in this area to photograph an abandoned school. I got there a little early and decided to go inside this beautiful church. To my surprise it was not only amazing but still had all their Christmas decorations still on display. And they welcomed me inside and let me take all the photos I wanted. On top of that, the abandoned school was a bust. So I got some great photos of a great building, just not the one I expected to get inside. I hope you like it.
During our last trip to Barbados, we stopped by this beach for dinner a few times. There is a great Tapas restaurant there right on the boardwalk. Both times we ate at this spot, we witnessed a great sunset. This was my favorite of the two evenings.
We had a great 2015 and I hope you did as well. Here is the recap of my year:
Work: My work has been very busy and rewarding. We expanded the geographic reach, types of services and number of facilities. We acquired a few other organizations and have a few other things cooking for the future. I work with great people who are dedicated and I appreciate each and every one of them.
I also continued my volunteer work as a National Examiner for the Baldrige Quality Award program. This year I helped score the training scorebook and taught a week of the national Examiner training along with the normal activities. The Baldrige work chews up hundreds of hours each year, but I learn so much from that time that I think it is worth it.
Family: I find it hard to believe that MJ and I will be celebrating our 27th anniversary in 2016. What can I say? I’m a lucky guy. Every one of the 27 years has been great. Blair is doing well and his future looks bright.
Travel: As usual, we had a busy travel schedule and I loved every minute of it. I know that travel isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy the experiences, new cultures, foods and seeing the different locations. We visited and completed the following trips: St. Maarten, Sedona, Michigan a few times, Peru, NYC, Caribbean cruise, Great Lakes shipwreck scuba diving trip, Washington DC, and a bunch of short events in and around Pittsburgh. We also have some great trips planned for 2016. They include a Caribbean cruise, Washington DC, New Jersey, and a Mediterranean cruise. I’m sure we’ll have get to Michigan a few times and maybe down to Florida to visit family.
Photography: I think I’m a good photographer, but far from the great. I spent 2015 working on improving my photography skills. I worked on my photography capture technique, composition, Photoshop skills, expanding my range and trying to create consistent high quality images that I would be proud to share with you.
I hope others like them, but that’s not important. If I like the image, I’ll call that a success. Most of my photography is focused around Landscapes, cityscapes and architecture. But I was given the opportunity for the 5th year in a row to photograph the Pittsburgh Steelers’ home games for the media. I am not a Steelers fan, but I love being that close to the game, capturing some great moments and in some small way, I feel like I’m part of the high energy environment. I plan to use 2016 to expand on what I accomplished and learned in 2015.
Below are a few of my favorite photos and experiences from 2015. Enjoy the photos below and have a great 2016.