Bull Sharks

We had a wonderful time scuba diving recently with 12 female bull sharks off the Playa del Carmen beach in Mexico.  It was a nice relaxing; slow paced dive watching these great creatures swim around us (no cage).  I can’t get enough of the sharks.  I’ve dove with Great Whites, Tiger sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks, Reef sharks, Caribbean sharks, etc….  Such wonderful animals.    Wow, what a great day diving with Phocea Mexico!!  Check them out if you are ever in this area and want to dive with Bull Sharks, reef dives or in the cenotes.

Bull Shark

Bull Shark

Bull Shark

Bull Shark

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in the United States is a day to celebrate family and friends while being thankful for everything we have.  It has also become a tradition to have turkey lunch or dinner, while watching American Football.   There are three games today.  One of the games is the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the Colts . 

Ready To Run: 

Le’Veon Bell has been a monster running back since entering the NFL.  Heck, he was a monster running back in college at Michigan State University.  He was probably a monster running back in high school, middle school, grade school, and as a toddler.  I wish he was on my favorite team (Detroit Lions).  Anyway, the point is that he is good at his job. 

I took this picture last weekend in Cleveland, when the Steelers beat up on the Browns.

Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell

Wynwood Walls

Earlier this year, I spent a few days in Miami and I got the opportunity to photograph the very cool Wynwood Walls.  This area of the city is covered with wonderful graffiti by gifted artists.  These artists are sponsored and paid to create their art in this area.  Today’s post is from that night.  I got so many great photos that night.  

Wynwood Walls in Miami Florida

Wynwood Walls in Miami Florida

Sack

The Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns game in Cleveland yesterday was an interesting experience.  There were numerous story lines from the game.  One of them was all the sacks the Steelers inflicted on the Browns’ quarterbacks.   This photo is one from the first half of the game.  Frankly, they all looked like they hurt to me.

Lawrence Timmons sacking Cody Kessler

Lawrence Timmons sacking Cody Kessler

You can tell it was a rough day for the Browns by looking at this helmet.

You can tell it was a rough day for the Browns by looking at this helmet.

New Bank Partnership

I’ve had a nice relationship with Washington Financial bank for a number of years. They’ve been very good to me over the years by using my photos and commissioning me for their advertising photography work.  Now we have a new and expanded partnership, which I’m very proud of and honored to share with you now. 

Anyone who has a debt card with them can choose one of my fourteen photos to put on their debt card.  You can see the debt card photos below.  So if you’re local to Washington County Pennsylvania and want an amazing looking debt card with a great bank, please contact Washington Financial.

Washington County Court House

Washington County Court House

Pittsburgh Church

Pittsburgh Church

Pittsburgh's Downtown

Pittsburgh's Downtown

Heinz Field 

Heinz Field 

Grand Concourse - Pittsburgh

Grand Concourse - Pittsburgh

Heinz Field

Heinz Field

Covered Bridge - Washington County PA

Covered Bridge - Washington County PA

North Shore - Pittsburgh

North Shore - Pittsburgh

Phipps Conservatory - Pittsburgh

Phipps Conservatory - Pittsburgh

PNC Park 

PNC Park 

Southside - Pittsburgh

Southside - Pittsburgh

Trolley Museum 

Trolley Museum 

Washington and Jefferson College

Washington and Jefferson College

Pittsburgh's Downtown

Pittsburgh's Downtown

Steelers-Cowboys Mash Up

Ezekiel Elliott (21) ran all over the field on the Steelers last night, including the game-winning touchdown with nine seconds left in the game.  In this photo, you can see that three Steelers defenders tried to tackle Ezekiel and missed, which wasn’t uncommon during the game.  What I liked most about this photo is the “action” displayed in the photo.  You can see the motion, grass flying, etc….  Maybe I’m the only one who will like it.

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To view more from this gallery, click the photo above.

Central Park In The Summer

I took this photo of “The Lake” in Central Park during our last visit to NYC.  This specific spot is just to the west of the Bow Bridge and Bethesda Fountain.  I had to sit here for what seemed like forever to capture this photo without a bunch of pedestrians on the path.  I like the Eldorado towers sticking up over the trees on the left side of the photo as a reminder that this quiet spot is in the heart of Manhattan.

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Detroit Graffiti

I love this graffiti art, which we found inside the abandoned Fisher Body Plant in Detroit.  The day we were there, there was a larger photo group inside the building as well.  So it was a little hard to capture a photo without someone being in the way.  Every abandoned location has graffiti, but some of them are top notch.  That’s where I’d put this mural.  Top Notch!!

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Onondago Falls

This has to be the best state park in Pennsylvania.  It’s just amazing with all the waterfalls.  It must be over the top when the fall foliage is peak.  I’ve been there a couple of times.  I could go back over and over.  It’s worth the travel to see this wonderful spot.  By the way, the state park is called Ricketts Glen State Park.

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To purchase this photo or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Gronk

I had a great time photographing the Steelers vs. Patriots game a few weeks ago because I enjoyed seeing the Patriots’ stars.  Of course, their biggest star is Tom Brady.  Maybe their second best star is Rob Gronkowski.  He scored a touchdown against the Steelers and recently broke the record for the most receiving touchdowns in Patriots history.  So there isn’t much more I can say….he is a great player.  

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To view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Big Apple Sunset

As I process photos, I jump around.  I almost never process all the photos from one location all in a row.  I’ll process some from NYC, then Peru, then Pittsburgh, etc….  I like the variety and it keeps me from processing a location the same way.  Plus it is a nice reminder to me as I process photos how wonderful my travels have been.  I don’t forget the trips as fast and I can relive the moments.  Well tonight’s photo is from the top of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.  MJ was a super trooper.  She displayed amazing patience as we stayed on the top of this skyscraper for almost 3 hours as we waited for the sunset and stayed up there long afterward.  

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Carrie Furnace Stack

Today a few of us rented the Carrie Furnace so we’d have the place to ourselves to get access to photograph this great place.  It is the last remaining blast furnace left in the Pittsburgh area from the steel industry that has been gone for a long time.  It was originally part of the Homestead Steel Works.  It was built in 1884 and closed in 1982.  Back in the day, it produced over 1,000 tons of iron per day that was sent across the hot metal bridge to another plant that turned it into steel.  This photo is on the backside of the plant looking up at some of the metal structure.

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Pittsburgh City Hall

This is also known as City-County Building.  It was built from 1915 to 1917 and was designed by renowned architect Henry Hornbostel.  This is the main hall as you enter the building.  To keep the public out of my photo, I just tilted the camera up to avoid them.  The only problem with that is that you don’t get to see the amazing lower third of the building.  You’ll have to trust me that it is just as cool as the top portion.

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Valley Brook Country Club

Here is another photo from my photo shoot at the beautiful Valley Brook Country Club.  I was honored to be approached by them to photograph their new green, which they’ll open next year.  I thought this photo did a good job of capturing this amazing spot.

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Red Hole #3

Tonight I got the opportunity to photography the brand new Red Hole #3 at Valley Brook Country Club.  It’s so new that it won’t even be open until spring of 2017.  As you can see, it is a beautiful setting.  What a great opportunity, wonderful location and beautiful photo!! 

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Pennsylvanian Ball Room

This building is usually very restrictive when it comes to photographers.  But a few weeks back, the “Open Doors Pittsburgh” event allowed the public to have access to buildings that are normally off limits.  So I took advantage of that situation and captured some great photos all over downtown Pittsburgh.

This building used to be the train and bus station back in the day.  Today is has a number of executive apartments inside it and some of the larger common spaces are used as event locations.  So this former bus/train terminal is now a wedding reception venue.  I love it.

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To purchase a print or view the entire gallery, click the photo above.