Crusin’ at the Uniontown Shopping Center

For a long period of time hanging out at the Uniontown Shopping Center was the “in thing” for young and old alike. People would spend hours talking to their friends, showing their hot rods off and just riding around the parking lot. But, as with all things, time passed and things changed. The shopping center changed their parking lot so that you could no longer ride in a circle around the lot and the “kids” found new places to go and things to do. A tradition was lost forever.

If you remember the good old days of the shopping center you may want to stop by there on a Friday night and revisit your past. Every Friday through out the summer the rumble of hot rods is in the air once again. The weekly car cruise brings out several cars every week with new ones showing up all the time. I have the pleasure of visiting the cruise quite often and I always see something new every week.

So if you’re in the mood for a little nostalgia or just want to check out some amazing cars I suggest a quick trip down memory lane and a visit to the Uniontown Shopping Center. (located at Walnut Hill Road and Morgantown Road.)

Just a quick thought on the following car photos. I’ve been photographing cars for many years and have grown a little tired of the typical car photo. So these are a little different, I like to focus on the details or show cars from a different perspective. I hope you enjoy my vision of the world of car cruises.

A quick stop in the South Side of Pittsburgh

As always the South Side of Pittsburgh proved to be interesting. And this past weekend was no exception. A group of photographers from the Westmoreland Photographers Society spent the afternoon walking the street and photographing anything and everything. I found these two motorcycle groups to be interesting.

A motorcycle rides by in the South Side
A few motorcycles pull out in the South Side

It’s Finally Warm Out.. Now What

Well since the warmer weather has finally ascended upon us we might be a little overwhelmed with all the fun things we can finally do.  One of my favorite things to do is check out car shows and of course take along my trusty Nikon D300.  (Soon to be replaced with the Nikon D7100, but that’s another post).

When you photograph car shows one of the challenges is the people at the show.  It can be very challenging to photograph the cars and keep the people out of the photo.  I have, over the years, accomplished this by finding interesting angles, small parts of the cars, and of course reflections.  This makes photographing the cars a little more enjoyable and you are able to get around all those annoying people.

I’m adding several photos to this post to give you a better idea of what I like to photograph at car shows.  Hope you enjoy!

Out for a Ride

As I sit here and glance over at the thermometer it currently reads 25 degrees and falling.  So continuing with the “I wish it was warmer” theme.  I’m posting a photo I took this past summer in Ohiopyle State Park.  For this shot I used a D300 and a fisheye lens.  I then made adjustments in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop.

So here’s to warmer weather, bicycle rides, and relaxing in the sun.

Out for a Ride

Miniature Bee Keeper

Tonights post is photo from the Phipps Conservatory miniature railroad display.  In this scene you can see a bee keeper tending his bees as a Pennsylvania Railroad car speeds by in the background.  I really enjoy photographing miniatures and Phipps always puts together a nice show.

Bee Keeper

Fast Action Dirt Racing

Keeping with the “think warmer” theme I going to post a couple of photos from a few years ago when I was a track photographer at a local race track.  These were shot with a Nikon D100 and the cars were traveling approximately 120 miles per hour.  As the track photographer I had access to the infield and was able to get very close to the action. Although some would say to close, I was never worried.  I was standing  a mere 15 feet away from these cars for most of the photos I did that summer.

Now I’m really thinking about summer and the fun I had at the race tracks over the years.  If you ever have a chance to go to a dirt race I highly recommend going.

race 1 race 2 race 3 race 4