Ghosts of Köln

Years ago I learned the basics of blur motion photography. Placing the camera on a tripod and using a slow shutter speed allows you to create blurred motion on a still background. If you pan with the movement you will create another type of blur effect like this one entitled Running Deer. I have often thought of this process as creating ghosts.

While relaxing in Köln on the waterfront I decided to try to make some “ghosts” using a monopod. A lot of my attempts didn’t work. A monopod is not as good as a tripod but I still managed to capture a couple of ghosts.

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Ghosts of Köln

Ghosts of Köln

Ghosts of Köln

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Köln Fall Foliage

This autumn we will be returning to Europe. Our last visit was during the autumn of 2016. This time we will be in Spain and Italy and I am sure we will not see any colorful fall foliage there. I remembered being disappointed in seeing little dramatic foliage during our last trip through Germany and Austria.

Looking through the files I think I was mistaken. These were taken in Köln (Cologne) Germany during that trip.

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Fall Foliage Köln Germany

Fall Foliage Köln Germany

Saint Vitus Cathedral Prague

Saint Vitus Cathedral in Prague Czech Republic is a very important Cathedral in Roman Catholicism. It is located within the Prague Castle Complex which is a collection of ancient buildings dating back to the tenth century. At the time Prague was the seat of The Holy Roman Empire.

It is a be example of Romanesque architecture with awe inspiring stained glass and statues inside and outside the Cathedral.

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Saint Vitus Cathedral

Outside Saint Vitus Cathedral

Saint Vitus Cathedral

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Poll

In the 1970s I was a member of The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. It is the oldest, continuously-exhibiting, visual arts organization in the country. Founded in 1910, AAP has spent over 100 years as a driving force in Pittsburgh’s dynamic cultural life.

I had been thinking about rejoining and when I called them they gave me a couple of choices. I could pay my back dues since I left (over $3000) or join again through the new member screening process. Guess which I chose. I am allowed to submit up to 5 pieces of work to the screening. I am having trouble picking the fifth piece so I am asking for your help in deciding.

Keep in mind my artists statement when choosing and kindly answer my poll.Thanks for your help!

My artistic vision however has always been to capture the perfect moment. Henri Cartier-Bresson states there is a decisive moment for each image. This is true for every image. Even a sunrise has that perfect moment. However in my opinion it is especially true for photojournalism. The moment before lips touch, right before the dog catches the Frisbee and right before the bat strikes the ball. The focus of my artistic photography is to catch a moment that would make Henri Cartier-Bresson nod in appreciation.

Number 1

Moment on a Bass String

Number 2

Stop The World

Number 3

Mother and Child

Number 4

Steel City Flyer

A Brace of Pigeons at The National Aviary

The National Aviary always has surprise for me. Every time we go we try to spend time talking to the docents and staff who are full of interesting information.

Pigeons to me are the squat grey birds you see eating trash in ever city in The United Sates. Yet the aviary has many varieties of pigeons. Last week I posted an image of a nesting blue pigeon. This pair is maybe not quite as stunning but beautiful birds in their own right.

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A Brace of Pigeons

The Phipps Orchid Show #5

Nothing is better when its freezing outside than visiting The Phipps Conservatory Orchid Show. The orchid room is full of blooming orchids and so warm and moist you won’t want to leave.

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The Phipps Orchid Show #5

Polly Has a Friend at The National Aviary

Every time I go to the The National Aviary I take pictures of the large blue parrot who I affectionately call Polly. She has always been a solo act and too beautiful not to photograph. However this time she had a friend.

There are more birds in the private part of the Aviary than there are on display. I found that out this visit, unfortunately you can’t visit the other habitats. This explains though why you might see different birds each time you visit. Rotating them helps keep the animals from stressing out.

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Polly has a Friend