Search for Blue Hole

Went on a quest to find a waterfall last weekend…  went down the wrong street first, but was rewarded with some stellar views and stumbled on a murder scene… and then found the right road and WHOA!  By the time we left, there were a slew of teenagers jumping off the cliff above the waterfall.  Oh, to be young and stupid again (though even then, I’d never have the guts to do that!)  And new item on my photography wishlist is an ND filter for the ultra-wide lens…




Strolling through Banshee…

Hearing that Banshee was going to start shooting in a town near Pittsburgh was quite exciting, and that excitement grew a several weeks ago when a friend sent a picture of the Banshee Sheriff’s Department sign. It took awhile, but we finally made it to Vandergrift to see “Banshee, PA”. Rumor had it that they would be shooting yesterday, so we were hoping to see some Banshee Sheriff’s cars and possibly some of the filming, but unfortunately they have just brought back all the equipment and don’t start filming until this week. Perhaps we’ll make it out again to see some action! Meanwhile, I did shoot some of the buildings and will still be thrilled when the new season airs that I was IN BANSHEE!

holy moly….

I’m not much for going to church, but I sure do love to go in them. The first place we visited on our walking tour of Philadelphia (not counting the trip to Eastern State Penitentiary the day before… still working through that set! photographer’s dream!) was the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. This cathedral was built around 1850, back when the Catholic Church was apparently quite flush with cash! Absolutely gorgeous, intricate ceiling, statues, stained glass… you know, all of the things that you need to worship… At least the starving artists of the day were getting paid.

warming up

If I ever have a bright idea to visit a tropical exhibit of butterflies in the middle of walking around Philadelphia in November, I really hope whomever I’m with bashes me on top of the head! 85°F (30°C) with 80% humidity after a couple of hours at 40°F (4°C) with no humidity means about 30min of sitting in a sauna, waiting for the condensation to leave the lens. Oh, and did I mention that I was wearing a sweatshirt and fleece-lined leggings under jeans in that sauna? Yeah, I’ve had better ideas… at least the butterflies were worth it!

where the angels live

It’s been forever since I’ve been togging at a cemetery, but I finally made time to wander around Allegheny National Cemetery this weekend. The main goal was to try out a wide angle lens that has recently been added to my collection– what an experience that is! Slight shifts in the camera and you get completely different perspectives, a bit like looking at a funhouse mirror. It’s fun, but definitely going to take some practice. I’ve also played around alot today with the processing… usually I try to keep a similar tone throughout, but some of these just needed to be B/W and others needed color–so you get a mix of both.


Last month, I visited McConnell’s Mill Park and tried to take a step back and focus on the big picture, rather than just closing in for macro shots with lots of pretty bokeh. I carried my tripod around for about 6 miles and must say that it was worth feeling like a pack mule when I finally got the chance to go through my photos this past weekend. Here are a few from the Hell’s Hollow trail.