Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nikon Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 AF Fisheye fun

I rented two lenses from borrowlenses.com to check them out and see if either would work well for the Dirty Dozen race this coming weekend.  I rented a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens and a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 AF Fisheye Nikkor lens.  Yesterday I took the 16mm fisheye out in Frick and Homewood Cemetery to see what it's all about.  Took a little while to really get the feel for the kinds of shots which would be perfect for the lens, but I figured it out.


photographs from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/frick-cemetery-1122


a couple of shots -

leaves in Frick Park
leaves in Frick Park

Love Headstone Homewood Cemetery 
Love Headstone Homewood Cemetery

Cross Headstone Homewood Cemetery  
Cross Headstone Homewood Cemetery

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 Pittsburgh Light Up Night Bicycle Ride

Friday was light up night in Pittsburgh again, which called for Barry's annual bike ride from Golden Triangle Bike Rental to the West End Overlook to watch the fireworks.   There was a nice turnout and we headed out about 8PM across the hot metal street bridge, down through station square, and up a big hill to the west end overlook.  After hanging out on top for a couple hours we headed over to the North Side and had a couple beers and food at the Rivertowne Inn on the North Shore.  Great night as always!

Gallery of Photographs from the evening - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Pittsburgh-Light-Up-Night-1119

A few photos -

cool sky in the jail trail parking lot
cool sky in the jail trail parking lot

Dons world famous Glug
Don's world famous Glug

2010 Light Up Night Pittsburgh
2010 Light Up Night Pittsburgh

hanging out at the west end overlook for 2010 light up night in Pittsburgh
hanging out at the west end overlook for 2010 light up night in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dark Horse Brewing at OTB Beer Club

Monday was another meeting of the OTB beer club, this time we were blessed with some great beers from Dark Horse Brewing out of Michigan.  Unfortunately nobody from the brewery made it down, so Marty hooked us up with a few selections from their stables.  Crooked Tree IPA, Raspberry Ale, Black Bier Ale Reserve Special and Oatmeal Stout Ale.  I think the Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA and the Oatmeal Stout were my favorites.  


Gallery from the night - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Beer-Club-OTB-1115

Some photographs -

I Do It For The Hood
I Do It For The Hood, Duck Hollow Fishing Pier

East End Brewing, Snow Melt
East End Brewing, Snow Melt

Dark Horse Brewing Company Crooked Tree IPA
Dark Horse Brewing Company Crooked Tree IPA

OTB Beer Club
OTB Beer Club

Monday, November 1, 2010

Marilla Cyclocross race in Morgantown, West Virginia

Saturday I went to Morgantown, West Virginia to take some photographs at the Marilla Cyclocross race.  The lighting was great early on but degraded pretty quickly as the races heated up.  Wish it would've been a little more overcast and muddy, but I still had a good time shooting.   Plus, some hearty souls raced in costume...being Halloween weekend and all.

Gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2010/Marilla-Cyclocross-1030

some photos - 

Michelle Johnson, aka the Love Bug
Michelle Johnson, aka the Love Bug
 
jumping the cyclocross barriers
jumping the cyclocross barriers

 hot dog
hot dog!

Gunnar Shogren hurdles the cyclocross barriers at the Marilla Cyclocross race in Morgantown, West Virginia
Gunnar Shogren hurdles the cyclocross barriers at the Marilla Cyclocross race in Morgantown, West Virginia

Josh Matta sporting his sweet Thick Bikes jersey and tearing up the Marilla Cyclocross course
Josh Matta sporting his sweet Thick Bikes jersey and tearing up the Marilla Cyclocross course

working hard to get up the hill at the Marilla Cyclocross race
working hard to get up the hill at the Marilla Cyclocross race

A Bob Jackson bike taking a breather during the race
A Bob Jackson bike taking a breather during the race