Alcoa Headquarters

Here is another picture from my photo walk last week with Dave, Brad and Blair.  This is the Alcoa Headquarters building on the north shore area of Pittsburgh.  We had a great “blue hour” that night and this is just another example of the great lighting we had that night. 


Have a great Sunday.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Tonight’s photo is the inside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan, New York City, directly across the street from Rockefeller Center.  It was completed in a Neo-Gothic style and is made with Tuckahoe marble.  The cathedral is 135 years old and is currently undergoing a huge renovation.  The property under the church has a very interesting history, but I’ll leave that for another day.

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Rachel Carson Bridge

Last night I went on a photo walk with Brad Truxell, Dave Truxell, and my son Blair.  We met on the North Shore of Pittsburgh and had a great time.  It was a wonderfully warm (for October) evening with a great “blue hour” for photography.  This picture is of the Rachel Carson Bridge.

 

This bridge is also known as the Ninth Street Bridge.  It spans the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh along with two other almost identical bridges (Roberto Clemente Bridge & Andy Warhol Bridge).  Combined these three bridges are called The Three Sisters.  They are self-anchored suspension bridges and this specific bridge opened in November 1926.  In 2006, the city renamed the bridge after Rachel Carson, a Pittsburgh native, who was a famous naturalist. 

 

As you can tell, I climbed up (only a few feet) the bridge support suspension on the left side to get this up close and personal photo.  Have a great night.

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Mexican Wedding

I took this photo in Puerto Morelos Mexico just before the bride was going to walk down the aisle.  I hope the happy couple has a wonderful life together.  It seems like all the little towns in Mexico have this square in the middle for the church, general gathering spot, festivals, etc……  Puerto Morelos is no different.

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Chittenango Falls

This 167-foot waterfall cascades over roughly 400 million year old bedrock after flowing down the Chittenango Creek.  This waterfall sits inside the Chittenango Falls State Park in Madison County, New York.


This was another of the State parks I visited on my way to Canada.  It was a very nice spot that I enjoyed by myself.

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Taughannock Falls State Park

This is a 7-exposure HDR picture of the lower Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park in New York State.  This is one of the state parks I visited on my way to Canada. 

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Here is the dive team (left to right): Brook, Tom, Larry, Kyle, Steve, and Scott

Here is the dive team (left to right): Brook, Tom, Larry, Kyle, Steve, and Scott

Here is Kyle being a good sport for me, so I could capture this image.

Here is Kyle being a good sport for me, so I could capture this image.

Watkins Glen State Park

As you’ve probably noticed, I was absent for the last week or so.  I was traveling and didn’t have great Internet access (not to mention, I was just busy having fun).  I started out last weekend by jumping from one state park to another.  I started by going to Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania and then went to a few others in New York State on my way to Canada.  Visiting these parks wasn’t planned, but I realized I had some free time to myself before I had to be in Canada, so I took advantage of it.   One of the parks I visited in NY was Watkins Glen State Park. 

 

This was my first visit to the Finger Lakes area and I have to admit it is wonderful.  My friend and mentor (Mary Ann Eldred) tried to talk me into visiting this area years ago.  She claimed it was nice.  Like all her other advice over the years, she was completely accurate.  Watkins Glen State Park has a wonderful trail through the gorge taking you past a few wonderful spots like the one in this picture.  I started at the bottom and walked up all 800+ steps.

 

Combined, I think I hiked around 15 miles in those two days.   That doesn’t seem like much, but when you consider the ups and downs of the gorge trails in the foothills of Appalachian Mountains…15 miles was a lot.

 

Anyway, at the end of Monday, I ended my travels in Brockville Canada…by the way, this area along the St. Lawrence River was beautiful as well.  Just amazing views everywhere we went.  I met up with some diving friends from Michigan and we spent the rest of the week shipwreck scuba diving in Lake Ontario and in the St. Lawrence River.  Most of the dives were in the river.  This is difficult diving… the best way I can describe it would be to compare it to white water rafting…. Except we were deep underwater, it was dark, you couldn’t see (low visibility, maybe 15 feet if we were lucky) and the objects (like boulders the size of trucks) come at you very fast as the current pushes you downstream really really fast.  I had a great time, but this type of scuba diving isn’t for the faint of heart.

 

The trip provided some heart pounding activities, beautiful locations, wonderful story telling, good food and lots of laughs.  Big thanks to Steve, Scott, Kyle, Larry and Tom for making the week lots of fun.      

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Palace Of Fine Arts 2

Okay.... so I posted a version of this yesterday.  I liked the photo, but I wasn't in love with it.  So I went to work on it after posting it to see if I could pull some magic out of it.  I don't know if I achieved "magical status", but I like this version better.  What do you think?

Palace of Fine Arts

Maybe it’s because it has been a long week.  Or maybe I just can’t think of anything to say.  But as I sit here looking at the computer screen, I can’t think of anything to type for this photo…..

 

Anyway, I took this 7-exposure auto-bracketed HDR photo at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco last year at about this time.  I had four great days in SF with MJ.  We explored a ton of areas while we were there including Muir Woods National Monument (Redwood trees), Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, the bay, Alcatraz, China town, Financial District, Conference Center, a bunch of churches, etc, etc, etc.……  Basically we packed a lot into our limited time. 

 

The Palace Of Fine Arts is a very cool spot in this wonderful city.

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MLK Monument

This is a 7-exposure HDR photo I created from my Washington DC trip last spring.  I had to wait around the monument for about an hour to get a time without tourist in the way, walking in front of me, looking at the monument, etc….  Those darn tourist!!!  What are they thinking, when they visit these sites and get in my way????  You know it is all about me.   

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Ohio Theater Panorama

Here is another photo from inside the Ohio Theater.  We got a special tour of this spot when we visited Columbus Ohio last month.  You care read more about that weekend and this building here:  http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/8/4/ohio-theater


This special panorama photo is an HDR image made up of 20 exposures merged together to give you an entire view of the theater from side to side.

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Manhattan Skyline

Here is a photo I took of the Manhattan skyline and the East River.  I was standing in the Brooklyn Bridge Park at around midnight at the time.  This was a 7-exposure auto-bracketed (+4, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -4) setup that I converted into this HDR image.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Antonio Brown

Here is another picture from last Sunday’s game.  As everyone knows, I am not a Steelers fan, since my favorite team is the Lions.  But I have to admit, Antonio Brown is a great player.  He is exciting, dynamic, and just fun to watch.


If you look closely, you can see QB Ben Roethlisberger in the background.  Antonio has a long run after the pass from Big Ben.

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The Touchdown That Wasn’t

This play happened in the first quarter of the Steelers vs. Browns game yesterday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  I was covering the game from the sideline for a local newspaper.  I am very blessed this year, since the paper got me the entire season sideline media pass. 


Anyway, I was in the back corner of the end score and it appeared I was in the exact right spot to capture the touchdown.  And I was, except for the fact that LeGarrette Blount (#27 – Steelers Running back) didn’t make the catch.  By the way, on the next play, the Steelers scored on the opposite side of the end zone…..  That’s football photography for you.


Regardless, I really liked this photo.  It’ll never make the cover of Sports Illustrated or even get used by a newspaper.  But I liked the way the picture has a 3D appearance (very little editing…more on that in a second), you can see the players fighting for the ball and the ref is in the background watching closely. 


Editing…. I know what you’re thinking.  That I edited the photo a bunch to make it appear 3D.  Not true….  It was so bright in the afternoon sun, that I lowered the exposure slightly and then did a little cropping.  Otherwise, this is right out of the camera. 


Now…I’ll going to post this and enjoy the rest of Monday Night Football.  Go Lions!!!!



To see more photos from the Steelers vs. Browns, click here: http://brookward.smugmug.com/Sports/NFL/Steelers-vs-Browns/i-DtHsJDk

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The Seventh Letter

Here is another graffiti photo from the Eastern Market in Detroit.  This entire area has so many amazing sanctioned graffiti projects.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  Around every corner is a huge painting from different artists.  Just good stuff!!

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Brooklyn Bridge

I loved our trip to NYC last year.  I don’t have any plans to go back, but that’s not because I don’t want to.  It just isn’t in the cards right now.  While I was there, I spent a few hours alone one night photographing the NYC skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and walking back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was a wonderful few hours that resulted in some amazing photos and an experience I’ll never forget.

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English Classroom

This is one of the 29 different Nationality Rooms in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.  These rooms depict and were donated by the ethnic groups that helped build the city of Pittsburgh.  The building is a national historic landmark and the Nationality Rooms are just a few of the many reasons why this facility is amazing.


The English Classroom was done in a Tudor-Gothic style after the House of Commons.  The room includes a few original relics donated by the British Government rescued from the House of Commons following the World Ward II bombings and is the largest of the Nationality Rooms.

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Shows Over!!!

During our trip to Detroit for Urban Exploration, we found this piano in an abandoned school.  Interesting note: the most common thing I find in old abandoned buildings is pianos of all types.  I am sure because of their size and weight, people just don’t want to move them.  So I wasn’t surprised when we found this beauty. 

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Quick pet update:  Some of you know, we had to put my 4 year old cat down after a tumor developed in his belly.  Anyway, a few weeks later our 10 year old cat go outside (long story) and never returned.  Losing both of them was hard, but we got two replacement kittens....Lucy and Lenny.  Below is a picture of Lucy, taking advantage of handcrafted pottery from Bermuda.

Lucy, making herself at home.

Lucy, making herself at home.

Packard Auto Plant Reflections

Here is another photo from my Detroit Urban Exploration trip.  This photo was taken on the 4th floor of this huge plant.  I couldn’t even tell you which building, because there are so many of them.  One of the buildings is at least 10 continuous city blocks long with lots of wings.  Anyway, I know we were on the 4th floor for this shot and I loved the reflections in the standing water.  Click here to see another photo from this location: http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/8/14/detroits-finest

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