AFC Championship Weekend Continued....

In a few hours, the Patriots and the Steelers will hit the field to decide who is Super Bowl bound.  It should be a good game.  Enjoy the game and the rest of your weekend.

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Bell vs. the Patriots

Bell vs. the Patriots

AFC Championship Weekend

Tomorrow is a big day for Pittsburgh Steelers fans.  Not me, but Steelers fans.  They’ll get stressed hoping their team can beat the Patriots in the Championship game.  I’ll post some pictures this weekend that I took during their (Patriots and Steelers) regular season game.

Have a great football weekend.

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Bell running over a Patriots defender

Bell running over a Patriots defender

Make America Great Again...Black Inventors

On our recent trip to Charlotte, MJ and I wandered around the downtown area.  It was basically deserted, since it was Christmas day.  We found this mural on an abandoned building a few blocks from Marshall Park in the southeast corner of downtown.  I thought it was an appropriate photo following today’s event.

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Graffiti in Charlotte

Graffiti in Charlotte

Renaissance Hotel Ceiling

Last spring I went on a photo walk with Blair, Dave and Brad.  We explored some portions of downtown Pittsburgh.  During that morning, we took over the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel to take pictures from every angle.  The hotel staff and manager were great.  They let us do our thing without any problems and even took us up to a room to take photos out the hotel windows.  I may post a picture from that perspective/location at a future date.

This photo gives you a good look at the glass dome inside the beautiful lobby.  Side note, I just processed this photo last night.  So this photo sat on my hard drive for months just waiting for me to bring it to life.  And now you get to experience it.

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Hotel Glass Dome Ceiling

Hotel Glass Dome Ceiling

Liberty

Tonight’s post is from our last trip to NYC.  MJ and I had a great time exploring Manhattan and the surrounding areas.  We’ve never visited the Statue of Liberty, but we’ve traveled by it a couple of times.  I took this photo from our site seeing boat trip around Manhattan. 

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Band Room

This is from the Miles Bryant High School last year.  I haven’t been back to the school since the police found a dead body inside.  I’ve avoided since then because the police (I assume) have this under high surveillance.  I love taking photos of abandoned buildings, but the police don’t always appreciate the art form.  Anyway, this is the band room from within the school.

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Band Room in the abandoned school

Band Room in the abandoned school

Isabella Street

Tonight’s post is a cool looking building down on Isabella Street on the North Shore area of Pittsburgh.  I’ve taken this perspective a few different times and I always like it.  Just a cool looking building with all the glass, reflections, etc…  Have a great weekend.

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Isabella Street

Isabella Street

Dupree Crushing Moore

Bud Dupree had a number of huge hits on Matt Moore last Sunday.  Maybe the extreme cold temperature slowed Moore down.  I’m glad I wasn’t the one getting “smoked” by Dupree

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Dupree sacking Moore

Dupree sacking Moore

16th Street Bridge

Today’s post is a picture I took back in 2015 while on a photo walk with Brad and Dave Truxell.  We had a good time, but didn’t get the best sky for sunset photos.  So we made the best of it and I got this. 

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Sunset on the 16th Street Bridge

Sunset on the 16th Street Bridge

Michigan In Pictures

Michigan In Pictures website featured my photo of Matthew Stafford on their page and FB account.  You can see them by clicking HERE (website) and HERE (FB)

Michigan In Pictures website

Michigan In Pictures website

Michigan In Pictures FB page

Michigan In Pictures FB page

Again.... Go Lions!!

Today is the first round of the 2016-2017 NFL Playoffs and my Lions play their game in Seattle today.  Let’s hope they win.  I took this photo of Matthew Stafford when the Lions played in Pittsburgh this season.

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Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

Overholt Distillery No. 1 Scale Hopper

This is a photo of the No. 1 Scale Hopper at the abandoned Overholt Distillery outside of Pittsburgh.  This was a great site to explore and photograph. 

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No. 1 Scale Hopper

No. 1 Scale Hopper

Manhattan Bridge - Empire State Building

Can you see them both?  I took this photo from Brooklyn, looking back between a few buildings on the corner of Washington Street and Waters Street.  There have been many photos taken of this spot.  My version is just one of many and I like them all.  What do you think?  Do you like this night photo of NYC?

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Manhattan Bridge & Empire State Building

Manhattan Bridge & Empire State Building

Pittsburgh Skyline

Here is a slightly different Pittsburgh perspective.  I took this down near the Clemente Bridge on top of an abandoned building last year.  It was a great evening and we captured some great pictures that night. 

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Pittsburgh Skyline

Pittsburgh Skyline

Go Lions!!!

So the Lions have clinched a playoff spot this season. I’m hoping they can win tonight at home against the Packers to get a home play off game in the first round.  And…. because I get sick of the Packers always winning. 

Let’s hope Matthew Stafford has a huge night.  I took this picture of him at Heinz Field.

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NYC Art House

The last couple of times we’ve been in NYC, this Art House has been setup on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge.  You can see the bridge, the East River and Manhattan in the background.   I love this area of NYC at night.  The view of the city is wonderful.  I think it would be hard to find a better cityscape view anywhere else. 

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NYC Art House

NYC Art House

Florence Cathedral

Otherwise know as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore in Florence Italy.  It is the main church of Florence.  They started construction in 1296 in a Gothic style.  It was a quick construction project, only taking them 140 years to complete the structural construction it in 1436.  Then the decoration of the exterior began in the 14th century and was completed in 1887.  It is a huge structure with over 89,000 square feet inside and the height of the dome is 375.5 feet tall. 

It is an outstanding architectural accomplishment and a beauty to see in person.  Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to see it in person.  As you can see from the photo, it is a popular spot.  About ten minutes after I took this shot, the sky opened up and it rained very hard.  So we all ran into the Cathedral to wait out the storm and explore the interior.  I loved all the small details of the exterior and interior of this amazing building.

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Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral

Amendola

Tonight’s post is of New England Patriots’ Danny Amendola (@kingamendola).  Danny is in his 8th season as a wide receiver.  Some of those years were in St. Louise and the rest in New England.  He’s a small, quick receiver, who fits the Patriots’ style of play, although he only has 23 receptions so far this season.  It was nice watching him play and capturing some photos of him while they were in Pittsburgh.

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Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola