Frankfort Mineral Springs

This week our nature photography class ventured to Frankfort Mineral Springs. It was a beautiful day and I had spent a long day in class, itching to get outside.  When I got out of the shuttle and started down the path, it was a visual overload.  All the trees, rocks and water had so much interesting detail.  I started out photographing the moss and fungus that had grown on fallen trees.

When I made it to the waterfall, I was first drawn to the bright orange sulfur deposits on the cave wall formed by water flowing out of the rock.  The waterfall itself was beautiful the way it tumbled over the cliff.  Also, even though it was such a warm day there was still ice formed in the cavern.  I loved the photos I got that showed the frozen water and the flowing water side by side.

I spend the rest of the trip experimenting with different shutter speeds while photographing the creek.  The biggest obstacle was trying to set up the tripod in the water and still getting the composition I wanted.  I ended up abandoning the tripod and still got some shots I really like.

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Presque Isle

On Saturday, my nature photography class took a trip to Presque Isle in Erie, PA.  This was my first time ever being to Lake Erie so I was excited about having a fresh place to photograph.  Before going out to shoot, we visited the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to hear our instructor Chris give a presentation on his PA state park project.  I think that hearing the presentation and seeing Chris’s photos gave everyone the inspiration we needed for our first day of shooting nature photography.

This was my first experience shooting on a beach in the winter.  It was strange and interesting.  I liked the contrast of snow and sand intermingled.  It was a grey, cloudy day.  All the colors were muted and it provided a very different look at a beach environment than what you get on a sunny summer day.

After a failed attempt to ford a flooded trail into the wooded area, I ended up sticking to the beach for most of the day. I found myself most interested in photographing the stones and shells along the beach.  Once you got down to the same level as them, they reflected light in a really cool way.  I also took several photos of the texture of the sand, experimenting with different depths of field.

I’ve always loved photographing water, but most of my experiences have been with rivers.  I haven’t had many opportunities to photograph lakes.  The wind on Saturday caused a lot of waves in the water, which made the lake even more interesting to photograph.  I liked the way the waves formed lines that cut the beach into layers.  There was a layer of snow, then sand, then water and then in some places a line of rocks which created a cool visual effect.

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Final Project

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Spot News

Thousands gathered in Downtown Pittsburgh to participate in the Occupy Pittsburgh march and rally Saturday, October 15, 2011.

Thousands gathered in Downtown Pittsburgh to participate in the Occupy Pittsburgh march and rally Saturday, October 15, 2011.

Chants such as “This is what democracy looks like!” and “Banks got bailed out, we go sold out!” filled the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 15, 2011 when thousands gathered to participate in the Occupy Pittsburgh march and rally.

Jake Selner of Pittsburgh brought his 6-month-old son Noah to the Occupy Pittsburgh rally in Market Square on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  “I’m here today because I’m concerned for his future,” said Selner.

People of all ages participated in the Occupy Pittsburgh rally in Market Square on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  Thirteen-year-old Caitlin Eirene of Pittsburgh said, “I’m here to show that it’s not fair that the rich are treated better.  Everyone is paying the same taxes.”

Joe Hensel of Johnstown traveled to Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 15, 2011 to participate in the Occupy Pittsburgh march and rally.  “Most of America is tired of Wall Street and the government policing themselves,” said Hensel.

 

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Election Day

Tiffany Lehman of Oakland signed in to vote at the Friendship Community Church in Oakland.  “I’m a political science major so I’m really into politics,” said Lehman. “It’s our right to vote and everyone should do it.”

Ciera Powe of the Hill District brought her 11-year-old sister Kache Powe with her to the polls. “I’m just here to exercise my right,” said Ciera Powe.

Jonathan Robinson, a ward committee member, spent election day visiting as many polling places as possible to make sure the process was running smoothly.

Joyce Hough, majority inspector, showed Amber Watson of Oakland how to use the voting machine.

Jerome Mills, 18, voted for his first time on November 8, 2011 at the Friendship Community Church in Oakland.

Judge of Election Julia Burley signed John Bryant of Oakland in to vote at the Friendship Community Church.

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Environmental Portraits

Shawn Olszewski, of Mount Oliver, has been camping at Mellon Green for more than a week.  “I plan to stay here until we’re arrested or until we win.”

Cliff Loosier, of Pittsburgh, brought his son Bailey to the Occupy Pittsburgh campground for the weekend.  “It’s fun,” said Bailey.  “All the people are nice.”

Mike Robinson of Pittsburgh has been staying at the Occupy Pittsburgh camp ground since its beginning and plans to stay “as long as it takes.” Robinson said that he loves the sense of community at the camp ground.  “We even have people in suits stopping and thanking us.  It makes us feel like we’re not just a bunch of leftists,” said Robinson. “It’s going to keep growing. Soon we’re going to have to move to that other space across the street. Maybe we’ll have to start building vertically and match their skyscrapers.”

Michael Hider of North Hills visited the Occupy Pittsburgh camp ground on Saturday, October 22, 2011 to protest for the day.  “I’m here because I’m part of the 99% and I wanted to show my solidarity.”

Austin Zahar of Denver, Co. has been traveling the country for the past month visiting several cities to participate in Wall Street protests.  After Pittsburgh, Zahar plans to head to Washington DC and eventually New York City.

Alex Chakhtov of Pittsburgh visited the Occupy Pittsburgh camp ground on Sunday, October 23, 2011 to show his support for the movement.

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Audio

Audio Assignment from Leah Irwin on Vimeo.

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Sports

The Curwensville Golden Tide faced off against the Brockway Rovers at Riverside Stadium Friday, October 7, 2011.  The Rovers defeated the Tide 17-12.

Water boy Matt Carter brought water to Jordan Russell during a well-deserved break.  Russell ran 54 yards in Friday’s game against the Brockway Rovers.

Michaela Magnason performed a solo during the Golden Tide Marching Band’s half time show.  The show featured selections from the movie “Remember the Titans.”

Brockway quarterback Kyle Braun ran 168 yards and scored one touchdown in Friday’s game against the Curwensville Golden Tide.

Curwensville head coach Andy Evanko argued with referees after a controversial call cost the Golden Tide the game against the Brockway Rovers Friday night.


The Brockway Rovers celebrated Friday night after defeating their rivals the Curwensville Golden Tide. The final score was 17-12.

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September 11th

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Fred and Diane Bruening of Youngstown, NY were among the thousands who attended the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. “We’ve come here every year since the attacks to pay our respects,” said Diane Bruening.

President George W. Bush, President Clinton and Vice President Biden visited Shanksville, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 to take part in the unveiling of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The memorial honors the passengers and crew of Flight 93, who gave their lives to stop terrorists from reaching their target on Sept. 11, 2001.

 

President George W. Bush, President Clinton and Vice President Biden walked along the wall of names of victims of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 after unveiling the newly dedicated monument. The monument includes a white granite wall inscribed with the names of the 40 victims.

 

After the reading of the names of the victims of Flight 93, Rev. Bruce Liberati walked along the monument in Shanksville, Pa. playing the bagpipes in memory of the victims.

 

Thousands of people gathered in Shanksville, Pa. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 for the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The ceremony honored the 40 victims of Flight 93 who gave their lives to stop terrorists during the 9-11 attacks.

 

Point Park students gathered in Alumni Park on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 to hold a candle light vigil in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.

 

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Articles Published in The Globe

J.P. Harris, Confluence screen spring films- 2/4/11

PDF: Film Series

Online:  Film Series

Daffodil Days to benefit American Cancer Society – 2/8/11

Online:  Daffodil Days

Student forms Anime club, approval pending – 2/24/11

PDF: Anime Club

Online: Anime Club

Screenings, ‘informative,’ issues often ‘escape scrutiny’ –  2/24/11

PDF: GCS Film

Online: GCS Film

Former fire station becomes ‘huge’ step toward community vision –  3/24/11

PDF: Fire Station

Online: Fire Station

Literary Artists Club reaches out to ‘writing community’ at Point Park – 4/7/11

PDF: Literary Club

Online: Literary Club

SAEM Club members get ‘hands-on experience,’ host local rock show at Stage AE – 4/14/11

PDF: SAEM Club

Online: SAEM Club

Students endure dance-a-thon, proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish – 4/14/11

PDF: Dance for Dreams

Online: Dance for Dreams

Students unite for to pray, share breakfast – 4/14/11

Online: Prayer Breakfast

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