Transamerica Pyramid

What to post?  That’s the question that plagues me just about every time I post a photo.  I don’t like to post too many photos from the same area or subject matter in a row to keep you interested.  But when you have thousands of photos, selecting one can be tough. 

Some nights it is easy to select one, other nights I scroll for a long time.  Tonight, I selected this photo from San Fran.  Why?  I really don’t know.  I guess its just time for this photo to be released.

By the way, some of these drivers didn’t like me standing in the street to capture this pic.  I can’t imagine why!!!

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African Penguin

I’m tired tonight.  So here is a very short post.  Enjoy this photo of an African Penguin, otherwise known as Jackass Penguin.  I took this photo at Boulders Beach in South Africa.  These little guys were all over the place….maybe a couple hundred of them….  I don’t know for sure (they don’t hold still while you count), but they were very cute.

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Gas Mask

One of the things that surprised me about Pripyat Ukraine and the other areas around Chernobyl was all the gas masks laying around.  They were in the schools, day care centers, businesses, homes, etc…  And of course, gas mask won’t protect humans from radiation, so why are they there?  The answer, according to our Polish and Ukrainian guides, the Russians thought the United States was going to bomb the area with chemical weapons at any time, so they issued and trained everyone on how to use the masks. 

The entire area was never officially on any map at that time.  They were trying to keep it a secret.  The city of Pripyat was created to house the scientists, professionals and support staff (and their families) who worked at the nuclear power plant.  As residents of Pripyat, if you wanted to travel outside the zone (to visit family, shop in Kiev, etc..), you needed advanced approval from the Soviets.  All of this was to protect the Pripyat citizens from the United States and probably to prevent the professionals from defecting to the “West”.  Regardless of your perspective on that part of world history, it is clear the Soviets worried about the U.S., thus the hundreds and hundreds of gas masks.   

 

I took this photo inside a pre-school.  These two masks were laying on the floor with lots of other junk.  I loved how the late day sun was shining through the scene.

 

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PGH Cityscape

I hope you’re having a great weekend.  We got a little snow in our area yesterday.  I took this drone photo a couple of weeks ago from downtown Pittsburgh (pre-snow).  Look how high the water is in the rivers…. Right up to the top of the river walk.  Anymore and they’ll have flooding in downtown Pittsburgh. 

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Chernobyl By Air

Here is a photo I took via my drone.  From this perspective, you can see how mother nature has retaken the entire area except for the buildings.  From street level, at times, you can hardly see the buildings due to all the trees. 

The leaves were starting to change colors and you can see Nuclear Reactor #4 in the background (the dome objective that they call the New Safe Confinement).  That was the reactor that exploded during the disaster.  The tall buildings in the foreground area typical concrete Soviet designed and built apartment buildings, all of which were abandoned since April 1986.

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P.S. I was interviewed by a newspaper about this trip. You can read that article HERE

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Time To Go Back

I’m not traveling anytime soon.  Keep in mind, that “soon” for me, means in the next week or so.  There is something about traveling routinely….. you get used to it and miss it when you don’t.  At least that’s how I feel about it. 

Tonight’s photo is one I took during a past trip to Mexico.  I always get up before sunrise on vacation to capture some pre-sunrise and sunrise photos.  When I do that, I have the location to myself.  This morning wasn’t any different.  I had the entire beach to myself.    Good times…..

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Kettering High School

This was an interesting spot to say the least.  It was such a unique design for a school.  There were a few times, when I didn’t know where I was in the building.  Normally schools are very box like structures with symmetrical designs.  Not this place.  I think the architect took it upon himself/herself to make it totally different.  Even these windows at the front door are not like anything you’d see in most schools.

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Steelers' Intro

I realize the Steelers’ season is over and this video should have been posted long ago…  But I’m just catching up on my football photo and video editing.  Plus, I was having some weird video driver problem on my computer which stopped me from getting it edited.  Thankfully, my Geek Squad guy (Blair) spent an hour last night and fixed my PC.   Big thanks to him for helping me with this.  I’m sure it was the last thing he wanted to do on a Saturday night. 

As you know, I’m not usually a video guy….  I almost focus entirely on still photography, but over the last year I’ve done more video with my phone and drone then I probably did in my entire life combined up to that point.  The drone has been the major influence toward video.

I shot this video before the last game of the year.  When the players are running out of the tunnel, Heinz Field security forces the photographers to lay down on the ground.  Who knows why???  So, I was taking photos with my camera and taking this video at the same time.  As you can tell, I’m not a video editing expert.  Heck, I can barely do video editing at all…  But I did manage to get this one done. 

Dumbo

I hope you’re having a great weekend.  It’s been about six weeks since I posted a photo from South Africa.  And we both know, I still have tons of photos from that trip.  So, I’ll just drop one on you from time to time.  Tonight’s photo is of a huge beautiful guy that entertained us for about 30 minutes.

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Fort Pitt Bridge and The City

I took this sunrise photo a few weeks ago when I was downtown with Brad and Dave.  Not much I can say about it….  Just your typical downtown sunrise photo. 

For those of you not from Pittsburgh, this is the Monongahela River, Fort Pitt Bridge, and downtown Pittsburgh on the left.  The best view of the city, in my opinion, is when you come out of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and immediately enter this bridge.  At that point, you get an amazing view of the city.  #TheBestCityView

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Jesus, Other Fans and Behind The Scenes Photos

I was scrolling through photos I’ve taken covering the Pittsburgh Steelers in the last two years.  I’ve been covering them going back to my first game in 2011, but I was just looking at this year and last year.  While I was looking at these, it occurred to me that I don’t share any photos other then an occasional player, a live action shot and sometimes a coach.  But I take a bunch of the fans, who are sometimes more interesting than what’s happening on the field.  I also take a bunch of photos of objects (helmets, footballs, etc..) and other non-players (past players, other photographers, celebrities, etc..) on the sidelines, which normally don’t see the light of day. 

So, I’m going to share some of my favorite photos from the last two years with you today.  Happy New Year and good luck in 2019.

Scroll down to see the rest of the photos or go to the “Sports Fans & Behind The Scenes” gallery on my website.

Jesus is a Steelers’ Fan.

Jesus is a Steelers’ Fan.

Agony of Defeat

What an interesting situation yesterday after the Steelers defeated the Bengals.  The Steelers needed to win their game and they needed the Browns to defeat the Ravens, in order to make the NFL Playoffs.  As it turned out the Steelers game ended earlier then the Browns/Ravens game.  Many of the Steelers’ players and coaches stayed on the field to watch the end of the other game on the stadium big screen.  It seemed like every fan stayed in their seats to do the same thing.  It was so weird hearing a stadium full of Steelers fans cheering for the Cleveland Browns.  Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out well for the Browns or Steelers….  Below are some photos from that moment.

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Mike Hilton

Mike Hilton

Jordan Dangerfield

Jordan Dangerfield

T.J. Watt

T.J. Watt

Big Ben

Big Ben

Coty Sensabaugh and Brian Allen

Coty Sensabaugh and Brian Allen

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

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Statue of Freedom

Some days I can come up with tons to say on these posts.  Other days, I don’t say much, due to my schedule, being tired, etc..  But tonight, I just can’t think of anything to say.  So, I’m telling you I can’t think of anything and therefore, you’re getting nothing of substance.  Sorry about wasting your time.

I took this photo of the U.S. Capital building dome last August.  I love the Statue Of Freedom on the top. 

Here is a fun fact for you…. According to Wikipedia, the cast iron for the dome is an estimated 8.9 million pounds.

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Carnival Sushi Bar

I hope you’ve gotten over the holiday madness and are getting back to your routine.  I know I’ve already slipped back to normal daily routines. 

Today’s photo is from one of the Carnival Cruise ships.  I honestly can’t remember which one.  This was the Sushi Bar on the Promenade Deck.  I loved the colors and small architectural details.

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412 Christmas

Merry Christmas!!  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season (however you celebrate) and have a great 2019.

 I took this photo from Mt. Washington looking towards downtown Pittsburgh with the PPG Holiday tree displayed on Market Tree.

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Copy-Cat Photo

I don’t know who took this perspective first, but I’ve seen a ton of Pittsburgh based photographers post this exact composition over the last 6 weeks.  So, while we were downtown walking around yesterday capturing the city holiday scene, we captured this as well.  Dave posted his version yesterday…  Now it’s my turn.  I hope you enjoy this copy-cat photo.  Happy Holidays.

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PPG Christmas Tree

I got up way to early today (430am) to go into downtown Pittsburgh to meet up with @bradtruxell and @dtruxell .  We were on a mission to capture some Christmas themed photos before they disappear for the season and without tons of tourist in the way.  We accomplished the mission…..

I took this photo at PPG Place.  Every year they turn this courtyard into an ice-skating rink and put a giant holiday tree in the middle.  About the only person we ran into was a security guard who was on us in about 30 seconds.  He was nice, just watching us closely.

 

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