Back in August, I met up with fellow Pittsburgh photog, Jayson Cassidy. We had a pretty interesting idea for a point-of-view not often seen of Pittsburgh. That photo can be seen here. This was one of the last of that morning. Unexpectedly, it started pouring down rain and we had no jackets and no umbrellas. By the time we were able to get under cover, we were both soaked through. We ended up just powering through it and continued to shoot, even though my shoes were squishing. It honestly ended up being a total wash-out. I did end up coming home with a few interesting images though, including this one.
Here is the exterior to one of the many buildings of the Overholt Distillery that I explored with my Dad, Brook Ward and Michael “Theaterwiz” Criswell back in October. Unfortunately with the building pictured here, we only had access to the main floor. A metal spiral staircase connected all of the floors but was missing from the first. Someone prior to us rigged a ladder made out of old pallets to get to gain access to the second floor. Brook was the only one daring enough to explore the entire building. I didn’t feel like walking on a spiral staircase that wasn’t connected to the ground!
I met up with Brook Ward after work on Monday for a quick shoot just north of Pittsburgh. When I arrived at the location, I was unaware of the unsafe neighborhood. Luckily, the lookout was in a fire station’s backyard. What a view these guys have every day! Since the sun sets much earlier, we didn’t have that much time to shoot before it got too dark. Brook and I were there for about 20 minutes and nobody from the station came out to make us leave. I love it when us photographers don’t get bothered or yelled at! I most definitely want to come back to this location.
I’m going to take a break from the abandoned images for today and share a spectacular sunset from Phipps Conservatory in Oakland back in September. My wife and I were driving home from her Grandparent’s house and I saw the makings of a great sunset. I quickly grabbed my camera gear and ran back out for some sunset photos. Being only 5 minutes away from Phipps Conservatory, it was the perfect place for a great sunset. Did you know if you click the image, you can view large? Give it a try! It will fill your screen with beautiful colors!
I took this last week on my rooftop hoppin’ adventure with Brook Ward and his son, Blair. It was a spontaneous meet up after work and we weren’t out very long. However, it was one of my favorite photo walks. I came home with better-than-expected images and this was one of them. Right along the Allegheny River sits this entirely abandoned building. It was in horrible condition (not the condition that make for good urbex images) and stunk of mold and dirt. We were there primarily to get a point-of-view through this window not often seen of the city.
After a long day shooting the abandoned Overholt Distillery with my Dad, Brook Ward and Michael “Theaterwiz” Criswell, we grabbed a bite to eat and decided to make one last stop at this hidden, almost unknown waterfall. Aside from the drab cloud cover all day, the weather was fantastic for late October. As soon as we got to the waterfall though, it started pouring. I slipped on mud hiking down to the waterfall and fell on my butt! When we came back up, our clothes and gear were soaked, but I am still glad we went!