PITTSBRRRRGH – An Icy Review in Monochrome

Pittsburgh's North Shore freezes and creates mini icebergs.

Pittsburgh’s North Shore freezes and creates mini icebergs.

Hi there everyone, and welcome to my new blog.  I am VERY new to this so please bear with me.  I’m sure there will be many changes during the weeks ahead as I get accustomed to not only writing again, but using this new platform and traversing the hills of its learning curve.  But enough about that – let’s talk about Pittsburgh and look at some pretty pictures.

I had a thousand ideas that I could have done for my first blog post of my own, but the weather here in Pittsburgh sort of presented me with an opportunity that I did’t want to pass up.  The three rivers – the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio – all had a tremendous amount of ice build up.  So I thought “Why not showcase the city in all its icy grandeur from as many different locations as I can!”  That’s exactly what I did.  But I did it in black and white!  Follow along with me, if you will, on my monochromatic journey through the ‘Brrrrgh, err I mean ‘Burgh.

My favorite location is very clearly the North Shore.   The Allegheny River doesn’t freeze over every year but it’s happened enough that I’ve seen and photographed it several time so I can skip that side of town, right?  I mean it will be the same thing won’t it? NOPE!  The patterns of ice and snow are ever changing, even within same day.  I spent a total of four different days shooting along the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers and even revisited the location 3 times in one day to get this first shot here!  Here are my favorites along the North Shore close to the confluence.

I had to visit this location three times in a single day to get the right conditions and light.

I had to visit this location three times in a single day to get the right conditions and light.

A couple of geese fly gracefully just feet above the ice of the North Shore.

A couple of geese fly gracefully just feet above the ice of the North Shore.

The patterns of ice here remind me of an icy desolate land.

The patterns of ice here remind me of an icy desolate land.

If you have followed, or begin to follow my work, you will very quickly learn that the North Shore is my muse.  I love it there, but not necessarily as far down as depicted above.  It was, however, gorgeous down this far with all the ice.  Where I really enjoy going, especially to break a creative slump, is near the Sister Bridges.  There’s no shortage of interesting details to photograph there.  Especially with icy patterns in the river.

The ice under the bridge reminds me of a scene in Dark Knight Rises.

The ice under the bridge reminds me of a scene in Dark Knight Rises.

The sun shines through the Andy Warhol Bridge over the frozen river in Pittsburgh.

The sun shines through the Andy Warhol Bridge over the frozen river in Pittsburgh.

Very distinct cracks in the ice lead the way towards the 7th St. Bridge.

Very distinct cracks in the ice lead the way towards the 7th St. Bridge.

Before and in between trips to the north side of the city I also did some photographing on the other side of town.  As “common” as it might be for the Allegheny River to freeze, it is that much more uncommon to see the Monongahela with ice on it.  Setting aside the potential for flooding (we definitely don’t want that!) I almost wish it would freeze a little more often.  The patterns in the ice were so finely detailed especially upstream from the Liberty Bridge where the next couple photos were taken.

Up river from the Liberty Bridge, the patterns of ice were incredibly intricate.

Up river from the Liberty Bridge, the patterns of ice were incredibly intricate.

A crack in the ice leads you right to the Pittsburgh skyline.

A crack in the ice leads you right to the Pittsburgh skyline.

Now we all know the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River so it would stand to reason that if there is ice on the former there will be ice on the latter.  That was exactly the case.  Just south of the Point on the south side of town there were wonderful icebergs floating like little frozen uninhabited islands.

Chunks of ice seem to form miniature islands at the confluence.

Chunks of ice seem to form miniature islands at the confluence.

But head even further south down the Ohio to the West End Bridge and there is another treat.  Barges!  The barges added an industrial element to the scene which really, in my opinion, solidified the photo and gave it that blue collar feel that Pittsburgh is so well known for.  After floating by and breaking up the ice, the chunks began to flow in the other direction creating an awesome effect for a long exposure photograph and my only night scene to make it into this post.

A coupe of barges break up the ice along the Ohio River.

A coupe of barges break up the ice along the Ohio River.

Ice floats down from the Point after being broken up by a barge.

Ice floats down from the Point after being broken up by a barge.

So there you have it.  My journey along the frosty shores of Pittsburgh!  “But wait!” you say.  “If all three rivers were frozen, wouldn’t a great vantage point be from Mount Washington?”  You would be correct my astute friend!  What would a photographic representation of Pittsburgh be without the obligatory Duquesne Incline photo be?  I don’t want to find out so here it is, my final photo.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the trip and you will join me on my next one!

The Duquesne Inclines descends down Mount Washington towards the frozen rivers of Pittsburgh.

The Duquesne Inclines descends down Mount Washington towards the frozen rivers of Pittsburgh.

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7 responses to “PITTSBRRRRGH – An Icy Review in Monochrome”

  1. Deb H says :

    Your work is simply brilliant and I never tire of viewing the city through you lens. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Danielle Fetterhoff says :

    Outstanding :), that is a great blog post!! And your Photography is amazing!!

  3. Brandy Hallock says :

    What an awesome blog. Thank you for sharing.

  4. acuteangle89 says :

    I love your pictures! Thanks for sharing

  5. Denise says :

    Thanks for always sharing your beautiful photos – makes me homesick!

  6. Kimberly Ann Hawes says :

    Love Love your pictures!!!!

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