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I'm a stay at home mom and wife with a passion for family, creating and photography. I'm a little bit quirky and a little bit odd, but that's what makes me...well me. I'm a jack of all trades. So check back often because, to paraphrase Forest Gump's mom "I'm like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

On the road....Pittsburgh (day one)

 I have such a hard time picking just one photo to enter into these challenges. I blog mainly to document the adventures of my family. I use to  scrapbook, but it's such an expensive hobby, and it's not truly a permanent documentation. Too many things can happen. So I've started blogging our escapades because like they say. Once it is online it is never gone. And this way my friends and family can view it anytime they want and I don't have to lug around supplies and heavy albums. All I need is my laptop, camera, and creativity. I was going to save the Pittsburgh trip for later, but I find it serendipitous that the day I posted some Pittsburgh photos for the In a Yellow House challenge that A Trendy Treehouse  would be hosting a challenge about vacations. So I figure I may as well take the a cue from the fates to go ahead and tackle our trip to Pittsburgh.  For those who are new to my blog I had a time period that the only camera that I had was my cellphone. On this trip all the photos I took were with either my husband's or my cellphone. Mostly mine, because getting my husbands phone out of his hands is about as difficult as getting the camera out of my hands.

Trying to decide on a photo to use as the entry was difficult. Although I am totally addicted to these photo challenges as I stated before I blog to save the memory for my son, not necessarily for the "followers" or kudos. Although I have to admit it is nice to get on to my dashboard in the morning and find that other people find my photos, rambling and ranting interesting enough to mark me as an interesting read, and I love to hear everyone's feed back. I suppose I could post one photo at a time for each individual challenge, but I tend to look as most of my photos in term of collections. So for me it is easier to blog them as such. Plus I take so many photos it would take me forever to document them If I did them one at a time. So I guess I will enter my favorite photo and hope others will feel the same.




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I wouldn't exactly call this a vacation, because my hubby had to work in the evenings after taking us back to the hotel. Since I don't work and the company pays for travel expenses and hotel we travel with him sometimes. Since we are on a serious budget these days this is as close to vacation as we get, but we have been to so great places this way. The catch is that Sage and I leave the hotel in the mornings so that he can get some sleep, and then he wakes around lunch and the real adventure starts.

On the first day we always get a late start, this is when we usually do sightseeing in the downtown areas. Since I chose a photo at this location to enter in to the challenge I will start with photos at Trinity Cathedral. We didn't go inside but the cemetery courtyard and architecture was stunning in itself. I can only imagine how stunning it is inside.


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Trinity church wasn't the only thing we saw on the first day. It just really inspired me. There's nothing like an old Gothic cathedral and cemetery to get my creative juices going. It was early spring when we went so the trees were just starting to bloom and the weather was still crisp and unpredictable. So the sky was an amazing blue with fluffy clouds. The skyscrapers were amazing and the reflections in their windows were stunning. Here are a few of them that caught my eye.

First for the skyscrapers against the beautiful sky.



Now for the reflections.





My photography used to really annoy my hubby when we go on trips. He tells me that I spend too much time trying to capture the moment than living in the moment. This coming from a guy who him and his bar buddies talk on the phone like a group of teenage girls. LOL!!! We've worked out at deal that he push the stroller and I take photos. Him and Sage keep walk and I have to catch up. From time to time he makes requests. This last building is one of them.



I was so impressed with the architecture and art that in downtown Pittsburgh. Here are some of the the details.

Then I captured a little art. My husband walks fast so I couldn't get everything. The first is a close of a flower on a fake tree, yes I said fake tree. It was totally surreal to walk by this park area. Because it was still early spring so no all the trees were blooming. In this park there were all these trees with small green bud and these oddly unnatural trees. I think we walked by 3 or 4 times before we actually had to just walk through to check it out. Our first clue should have been the signs say "Please don't touch the trees!"


Did you know that a transformers live in Pittsburgh? Well there is one overlooking on of the rivers.


Of course no trip downtown would be complete without some photos of bridges.




Same spot, Same time. Just now looking to the left.


There is still plenty more from Pittsburgh, but I think this is enough for now. I need to fix dinner, get the gremlin ready from bed, then it is Karaoke tonight. YEAH!!!!!! Maybe I'll get some video tonight.

29 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

Awesome shots --all of them, but I think my favorite has to be the BW of the cathedral.

My husband has gotten used to me stopping to take pictures while he walks on with the kids. :)

Melissa said...

Wow, great shots! I can see why you had a hard time deciding which to enter. Love the reflection photo.

kbreints said...

OH GAH !! LOVE thise series of photos! All of them. Very nicely done! I thnk that it sounds quite nice to be able to get away from home with the hubs and share a bit of the summer. My hubs is gone most of the summer and I wish we had seen him a bit MORE!

Tara said...

These are great shots! Wow, I love them all. I really like the cathedral and the reflections.

Amanda DeFelice said...

I love architechtural photographs and yours are awesome!!! I'm gonna vote for you! stunning!

Ashley Sisk said...

I was going to say that I also love the cathedral shot...but seriously, you take amazing architectural shots.

The OriginalPsyn said...

Thanks everyone. =-)

Krystal said...

wow i really enjoyed these!! and thanks for your nice comment on my pic :)

hip-chick said...

Great pictures. I like the first one of your son. Very nice.

Holly said...

Love it!! Beautiful imagery here!
Thanks for coming by. Hope we see more of each other. I'm following you now! More inspiration! ((HUGS))

Samantha said...

These are absolutely stunning photos. There are great perspectives here! I'm jealous of your talent!

Wanda said...

Oh my goodness! What a great post. All of your shots are fantastic! You have a really great eye.

Lynn said...

great shots! Really, all with a phone camera? It goes to prove that the best camera is the one you have with you.

kerri said...

wow, incredible shots, such a beautiful talent and gift you have behind the lens, inspiring...

theanaizview.com said...

Your photos are gorgeous!!!

Ellie said...

these are STUNNING! I literally gasped when the first one came on the screen. You have an amazing eye - I want to visit Pittsburgh because of these photos!

Jenny said...

I love the framing in the first pix. You captured the smallness of your little one framed by the greatness of the architecture.

The OriginalPsyn said...

Thanks everyone, the architecture was totally inspiring. Much to the dismay of my hubby, I would love to go back an shot the city some more. It's full of amazing detail and surprising beauty in the most unexpected and expected places.

Courtney said...

These are gorgeous shots! All of them. My photography still annoys my husband when we go on trips. He's finally realized that he doesn't have to stop every time I stop to snap a picture.

Annelie said...

WOW! Stunning photos! Love them....

themaddychronicles.com said...

WOW!!! I can't believe you took all these pictures on a cellphone!! I'm in awe :) What cell phone do you use? BTW - I'm usually not a fan of architectural stuff, but your pictures are great! I especially like 2nd bridge picture, as well as the detail shots!

The OriginalPsyn said...

Maddy thanks so much for your kind words.My cellphone is an LG VU. It took a bit of tweaking with the setting to figure this out, but I had figured little formula for most situation I was in. (I think I have way too much time on my hands.) Macros are awesome from this camera. That just gave me an idea for my Macros Friday shot.

Terri said...

You have a great eye! Your pictures are fabulous!
I chuckled when I read about your hubby taking on the phone like a teenage girl. My husband does the same. I tell him he's worse than a women! =)

Terri said...

You have a great eye! Your pictures are fabulous!
I chuckled when I read about your hubby taking on the phone like a teenage girl. My husband does the same. I tell him he's worse than a women! =)

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Dave said...

such a beautiful place, the cathedral in mono is a winner.

Love Letters To China said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm shocked that you took all of these with your cell phone. I love the b&w cathedral too.

chasity said...

i'm loving that cathedral shot.
great angle...perfect tones.

it's gorgeous.
what an amazing piece of architecture.

thanks for sharing your adventure with us!

Melanie said...

I absolutely LOVE your cathedral shot, especially that first sepia one! Gorgeous!