Psychedelic Fireworks

Well since last night post about fireworks was so popular I thought that I would share some more interesting photos of fireworks.  Some of these were accomplished by hand holding the camera and moving it around while taking a long exposure.

Hope you enjoy and if we all keep thinking “WARM” spring might just come early.

Fireworks on the River

Tonight’s post keeps with the theme of dreaming of warmer weather.  One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to photograph fireworks.  And in the Pittsburgh area we love our fireworks, so there are plenty of opportunities to shoot them.

Think warm and enjoy!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

This is my 2012 in photos.   Some of these photos were taken with projects in mind such as the abandoned buildings, some were just subjects I came across, and others were planned trips to some of my favorite places like Gettysburg.  I hope that you have had a great 2012 and are looking forward to an even better 2013.  Enjoy and let me know which photo you like the best.

When You Hear the Word “Independence”…

Well, with yesterday being July 4th and the celebration of our countries independence day I thought I would reflect a little on what independence really means.  The dictionary defines independence as being “the fact or state of being independent”.  But I like the definition found in Wikipedia:

Independence is a condition of a nation,country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usuallysovereignty, over its territory.

In 1776 this country declared its independence.  And over the years we have lost many of our soldiers, friends, and loved ones keeping that independence and freedom.  We live in a great country and each of us owe a debt to those who have given us the right to live here in freedom.  It’s great that we have days like July 4th, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day to remember those who sacrificed so much for our way of life.  But should we forget about them the other 362 days of the year.  Every day we wake up we should be thankful for what we have, no matter how little or great it is.  And when you see a soldier or veteran take the time to say “Thank You” for what they have given so that you can live in this great country.

If you are reading this and you are a soldier or veteran I want to personally thank you for the freedom that you have given to me.

THANK YOU!!!

I shot the following photos on our independence day.

Fireworks in Pittsburgh…

For those of you that know the Pittsburgh area you would already know that we love our sports teams, Primanti Brothers, and Fireworks.  We seem to have fireworks for every occasion and the end of a Pirates baseball game is no exception.  On Saturday night the Pirates played the Phillies, winning in the 10th inning 2-1, and afterwards the display of fireworks took place.  I was atop Mt. Washington for the display and here are just a couple of the shots that I got from my vantage point.  Hope you enjoy.