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  • A Brisk Morning

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    One of my favorite places in the entire city is along the Roberto Clemente Bridge, seen here trapped in winter's icy grip; it was an unusually bitter, brisk and frosty morning in Pittsburgh; the temperatures had dropped low enough that barely anybody could be seen out walking, and hardly any cars were even traveling the bridge at the time. Steam rose from the city in the distance, and the frozen Allegheny River can be seen below, with almost arctic-looking skies overhead.

  • A Day at the Ballpark

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    Here it is. I've been dancing around it for years, all the while attempting to get just the *right* picture of this, the very best baseball stadium in the world, and to do it justice. This is one of the very best places to spend a day; there is simply nothing like parking in your seat, cradling a huge bucket of crabfries and cheese (I know these crab seasoning-dusted fries are a Philadelphian invention, but holy crap they are simply delightful), a soft drink, and just watching the Pirates do what they do best. This baseball stadium, PNC Park, has simply unparalleled views of the city, and there really isn't a bad seat in the entire place. Now, let's all think of hot summer days spent cheering the Pirates on, hot dogs and caramel popcorn, and wondering which of the pierogies will win the race! (If you're from the 'Burgh, you know exactly what I mean!)

  • Appalachian Sundown

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    The drive between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh is long; about three hours spent on the Turnpike, weaving through tunnels and driving alongside the rolling mountains of Appalachia. During this particular trip, I decided to pull up a map of Pennsylvanian covered bridges, and attempt to navigate toward one of them. The sun was setting fast, daylight was wasting away quickly beneath the horizon, and I had to get on site as fast as possible. We drove, through farmlands and small rural hamlets that could be missed in the blink of an eye, and eventually found the covered bridge...but it was all for naught; the bridge was in a terrible state of disrepair, barely safe for driving over, let alone being the subject of one of my photographs. On the way back, I thought myself empty-handed...until I looked out of the window, and saw this sight; a picturesque farmland, populated by cattle, under a rosy sunset sky, set against the backdrop of autumn Appalachian mountains.

  • Beneath The Bridge

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    On our sojourn through a frozen Pittsburgh, we passed by a spot beneath one of the three yellow bridges, where on warmer days one might find kayaks slipping into the waters of the Allegheny River. On that day however, the sloped concrete platform that would have let kayakers easily access the river was coated with snow, and bled seamlessly into the ice to the point where it was difficult to tell where one began, and the other ended. My brother made his way down this slippery slope, to the very edge of the river, and looked out upon the scene.

  • Caldera's Edge

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    This here is Crater Lake itself, or rather the edge of the caldera that forms the "bowl" the lake sits inside of. To the left side of this photo, you can see Wizard Island, which is the star of another of my Oregon photographs. Crater Lake itself was formed out of the remains of an ancient volcano, Mt. Mazama. Imagine an entire mountain, simply collapsing inward onto itself; over time the resulting pit flooded with water, creating the deepest lake in the United States. Wizard Island is itself a growing volcano, rising from out of the ashes of Mt. Mazama; it will eventually become massive in its own right, sometime in the distant future. For now though, I can safely say this must truly be one of the more beautiful places on this Earth, and you can see why! The lake is so pristine, so pure and cerulean in color (because of its depth and purity), and the caldera itself feels so incredibly vast...It makes a guy feel downright tiny. But still, I was happy that I went there, I was very happy I was able to see such an amazing sight. I'll restate the obvious here; Oregon is one amazing, beautiful state!

  • Coalescence

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    So, it was a beautiful day in central Ohio, and I was out visiting family. We were having fun, everyone running around the park or sat around the benches so that they might escape the bright, sweltering sun...and yet there I was, hunkered down on my stomach, camera pointed at this one tree for what felt like a solid half hour. Every shot, it felt, was a mistake. Was this one good? No, the aperture was too wide and the sky was washed out. Was this one good? Nope, too dark. How about this one? Gah, it's blurry! Photography is a test of patience, I swear. There was something about this singular tree though, as unassuming as it was on the surface...it just attracted me to it. I kept trying, kept shooting...and by the time I got home, I very quickly figured out what I wanted to do. What you see is the result!

  • Crimson Beach

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    I've been a lot of places by now, and I've seen a lot of things while in pursuit of a great photograph. I'm always learning, always honing and sharpening my skills. Some scenes you really have to work with, get the angle on, and eke out the beauty using uncommon perspective to find the real potential of a place...but other scenes, like this one taken on the shores of Presque Isle, are just obvious. You come upon it, inhale the fresh air, and just *know* that you've found something special. Well, I found it. Presque Isle is absolutely loaded with these kinds of scenes; beauty around every literal corner, and I can't wait to go back.

  • Early Haze

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    It was a frigid, hazy morning in Bloomfield, one of the satellite districts of Pittsburgh. I had been visiting my mother, who was recovering in the hospital from surgery just two days prior. (She's doing great, by the way!) I'm always on the lookout for curious or beautiful sights in this city of ours, and it occurred to me as I looked through the windows on the hospital's 9th floor, that I had never done justice to this part of town. The college town in the distance, home of the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), was wreathed in haze and mist. The sun had just recently risen, the sleepy town wresting itself awake from a frigid winter's evening...and the view was just too irresistible to not photograph.

  • Fire and Ice

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    We drove around the frozen city, trying to find an ideal place to sidle up to the ice-smothered Allegheny River, and get us some great-looking photographs...and that's when we found this little roundabout dead end, next to PNC Park, with an overlook of the city and a No Parking sign nearby. We decided to sneak out of the car, and try to take a picture, while leaning up against the metal railing; it was cold enough that even my dry hands were freezing onto the metal. But then, we saw a security guard approach us. We had expected him to try and shoo us away from the No Parking area, but were pleasantly surprised when even he pulled a cell phone out, and joined us in taking a photograph of this beautiful, ice-choked view of our frozen city, wreathed in fiery-looking steam and clouds.

  • Progression

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    This is totality. For two brief minutes, after having spent years of planning, and hours huddled beneath a $4 beach umbrella in the blazing South Carolina sun, the skies finally went dark at 2:39 pm, and I was able to behold the utter majesty of a total solar eclipse. It is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most amazing thing I have ever seen. What you see here is a close-up view of the sun's corona, a 15,000,000 F superheated blanket of magnetized plasma that trails into space in long, curved trails; this is the sun's 'atmosphere', and it can only be seen during a total solar eclipse. Also visible on the righthand side of the sun is a prominence, an enormous loop of superheated plasma arcing from the surface of the sun that could envelop the entirety of our planet Earth; these are also only visible during a total solar eclipse. This may very well have been the most challenging thing I have attempted shooting a photograph of, from the travel and planning required to the expenses paid in acquiring equipment, but it was without a doubt worth it. This is a composite photograph showing the various stages of the total solar eclipse; it represents about two hours of time from the first photograph (on the left) to the last photograph (on the right), and is the product of nearly a thousand photographs taken while sitting in the hot Carolina sun.

  • Still

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    One frosty, below-zero February morning, my brother and I decided it was a good idea to get in the car and wander downtown, so that we could find what the brutal cold had done to our city...and we were not in the slightest bit disappointed. What you see here is the Allegheny River, frozen solid, still and unmoving. We stood atop an ice-locked pier, looking out over the city, gripped in what felt like an endless cold, and marveled at the sight. How often do we even get to see the rivers frozen to this extent? Our very breath condensed and froze upon our faces, but it's views like this, not to mention the hot chocolate upon our return home, that made it all worth it.

  • Studebaker

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    My mother owns a nice little dog grooming shop out in Forest Hills and has been serving the Forest Hills area dutifully for over 40 years now; Pup Pup and Away is a staple of the area, and is one of the mainstays on Ardmore Blvd. Now, I have been to the shop countless times in my life, whether to help out with cleaning the shop or simply to check up on the people working there, or to pick mom up, or what have you. Almost every time I go there, along the way, there is this absolutely stunning old Studebaker sitting parked along the street whenever the weather's nice. I've no idea who owns it, but they certainly have some great taste! I decided one day that I just had to try and capture this beauty of an automobile for posterity, and that's precisely what I did.

  • The Slopes of Crater Lake

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    Here is yet another view of the gorgeous Crater Lake, in Oregon, with Wizard Island visible right over there on the right hand side! I cannot stress just how incredible this place is, and how amazingly, breathtakingly blue that water is. Still gets me every time! What struck me about this view, however, was those steep hills in the background; it's like that the whole way around the crater. Ahh, I wish I could go back!

  • Umbrellas in the Mist

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    Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory, a beautiful multi-winged greenhouse founded in 1893 by steel magnate Henry Phipps, is one of the jewels of the city; a gorgeous tour-de-force of plant life from all around the world, housed inside its old, weathered, temperature-controlled glass walls. Every year, the conservatory goes through many different changes, each cultivated to represent a different part of the world. When I had taken the tour in the fall of 2015, the conservatory had been reworked to represent a Japanese zen garden during autumn; a beautiful sight represented here by these delicate paper umbrellas, hung overhead down a long, glass hallway. Outside, a dreary mist filled the October skies...but that just added to the allure and mystique of the sight, unusual as it was.

  • What A View

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    This is a panoramic view of one of my favorite places on Earth (That I have visited so far, anyway!), Crater Lake. This place is unreal in its sheer beauty, and it seems like no matter where you stand along the rim of the caldera, there are amazing views unlike anything else on the planet. To give a sense of the raw scale we are talking about here, with how enormous this view really is, look very carefully in the water, and you will see a rather large boat; the sole manmade object floating on the surface of the lake, reduced to a mere dot. From where I stood when taking this photograph to the other shore is about five miles, or eight kilometers. The lake itself is 1,946 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in the United States. This is why the lake is so crisp and BLUE; that is not a photographic trick at work there, that is honest-to-goodness how blue this lake actually is. Beautiful, isn't it?