Evening Skyline

There are thousands of pictures of the skyline of Pittsburgh by night; this is not the best, but it is probably the most up-to-date on the Web at the moment. The skyline is changing, after all, so all those other pictures are completely passé.

Camera: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Granite Building

A very-wide-angle view of the Granite Building, designed by the prolific and versatile Charles Bickel for a German bank. He has made use of every texture and shape of which granite is capable, and the result is a particularly lively, if perhaps a bit jumbled, rendering of German Romanesque.

You may notice some ghostly figures, including a spectral automobile, in the photograph. Father Pitt would love to be able to claim privileged access to the wonders of the invisible world, but in fact this is a composite photograph taken on a busy street, and people will continue to move even when they see an older gentleman in a cocked hat trying to take a composite picture.

The Granite Building is just across Wood Street from the Wood Street subway station.

Dusk on the Allegheny


Camera: Olympus E-20n.

Skyline and Sixteenth Street Bridge

From the shore of the Allegheny. The immensity of the U. S. Steel Tower is particularly obvious from this angle.

Camera: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Scattered Showers

A shower hits downtown, as seen from the 31st Street Bridge. The rain moved rapidly eastward, leaving Father Pitt not quite enough time to walk to the end of the bridge with his dignity intact. But he kept the camera dry, which is the important thing.

Camera: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Misty Morning

Camera: Canon PowerShot A540 (hacked). The panorama at top is made from six photographs.

First Presbyterian Church

Composite picture, about 36 megapixels.

This splendid Gothic church sits on Sixth Avenue right next to Trinity Cathedral (Anglican/Episcopal) and right across from the Duquesne Club, forming a perfect triangle of old money. The architect was Theophilus P. Chandler, Jr., who also designed Third Presbyterian in Shadyside and the Duncan mausoleum in the Union Dale Cemetery.

An interesting feature of the front is the outdoor pulpit, perfectly positioned for thundering denunciations at the rich robber barons coming out of the Duquesne Club. But that never happens.

Camera: Olympus E-20n.