Diary from Pittsburgh – Point of View Park

We had some amazing sunrise and sunset during July 4th Weekend. I must say after such a long time I have seen such a great sunrise. I reach the Point of View Park which is on the edge of Mt. Washington (Grandview Avenue at Sweetbriar Street) one hour prior to sunrise. I also use my GoPro to capture the sunrise on timelapse. All these images are digitally blended from multi-exposure images. I used Canon EOS 6D body, Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8L lens and Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter to capture these images.

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Some more images from this spot on some other day:

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you can see the timelapse version on my YouTube Channel:

Sunset at Lake Erie

On a sunny summer weekend I have decided to drive towards North Western Pennsylvania, destination unknown. I was trying to get some good sunset. Western Pennsylvania has three large lakes, Lake Arthur, Pymatuning lake and Lake Erie. I been to Lake Arthur and Pymatuning lake before. But never been to Lake Erie during sunset time. After driving 2 hrs 30 mins from Pittsburgh I reached Presque Isle. Presque Isle is an arching sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie. I reached Presque Isle around 6 PM and I have to wait another 2 hrs for sunset.
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Perry Monument on Presque Isle

After spending some times on The Perry Monument on Presque Isle, I am off to the beach side. It has 13 beaches for swimming and a marina. Below images is my personal favorite which I have taken at beach 7.

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Once I reached in the beach I could hardly see any clouds. Without clouds suset won’t be dramatic. But luckily I got some clouds during sunset.

Pymatuning Lake

I always love taking landscape photos either in the early in the morning or sunset time. On weekend I have decided to go Pymatuning Lake which is an hour drive from Pittsburgh to get some photos during sunset time. Pymatuning Lake is a man-made lake in Crawford County, Pennsylvania and Ashtabula County, Ohio in the United States, on land that was once a very large swamp.

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Carrie Furnace, U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works

Carrie Furnace is one of the abandoned blast furnace that had been in use back when Pittsburgh was at the center of the world’s iron and steel production. Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 are extremely rare examples of pre World War II iron-making technology. Since the collapse of the region’s steel industry in the 1970s and 1980s, these are the only non-operative blast furnaces in the Pittsburgh District to remain standing. A Pittsburgh based non-profit organization, Rivers Of Steel, is actively working to restore what remains and make it an historic landmark of Western Pennsylvania.

It was in my “must see places” list and accordingly I have booked my reservation prior the tour. The Furnace is located along the Monongahela River in the Pittsburgh area industrial town of Rankin. Before the trip I did some self study about the place and its location. Because the location information was not available on GPS. So I searched the route on map and make a print of It. Its very important to know the route else you will dump in some unidentified location.

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Before the start of the Tour, Tour Guide Mr. Ron Gault gave us a nice briefing about the History of the Carrie Furnace and also “Things to Do”. Tours take visitors through the iron-making processs and includes the famous 45′ x 35′ “Deer Head” crafted entirely of materials found on the site.

Constructed in 1906, the blast furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now, these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh’s steel heritage.

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In 1978, after 97 years of service, the Carrie Furnace, which at one time had produced up to 1250 tons of iron daily, was permanently closed.