Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Ohio Trip

Shadow Shot Sunday is back, courtesy of Brisbane blogger Tracy. Today, I am reverting bak to the past, a most excellent vacation to return to my college years.

The year was 1999, the place is the old steel mill town of Steubenville, Ohio (39 miles west of Pittsburgh), the college Franciscan University (B.S., Business, 1977).

For a reunion, I convinced the lovely Patti that a 10 hour ride west would be at least unique. I wouldn't say that she went kicking and screaming at the thought of a visit to my heritage in the old steel mill town, plus Weirton WV and of course, Pittsburgh. We loaded into the one-year old and still huge Ford E-150 and departed west.

It was really hot and humid during our visit, so the filtered sun took the blue sky away. Yet, shadows still occurred and the fall nicely on and about the stylish arcs of the college chapel. I like the boat that appears on the curvy steeple.

Naturally, the time ended and we began our 500 mile (805 Km) trek home. Here, the intrepid pilot (me) is charting our course east. We have exited the Fort Pitt Tunnel and are traversing the upper deck of the Fort Pitt Bridge, I-279 North through Pittsburgh.

At this point, we are crossing by Point State Park, in which the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the long Ohio River. We are passing by the old Three Rivers Stadium, then home to the (US football) Pittsburgh Steelers and baseball Pirates.

So, is a silhouette of the driver a shadow? The author thinks so :) It feels like the Alfred Hitchcock cameo in his films - the signature. If not, there is the bridge hardware that holds the supporting cables for shadows. The wing mirror has a shadowy reflection from where we were...

It was a fun time, although Patti is in disbelief that she was actually there! See shadows all around at the always fun Hey Harriet

28 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

bridge cables—
thunderous retort
should they snap


Shadow Prayers

Arija said...

Delightful shadowed chapel. Glad you got the chance to go back. Roots are so important.

sarayutouched said...

i always enjoy your shadowy travels ralph. thanks for taking us along.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Love the last picture with the silouette and the mirror - and between the beautiful view. Great capture!
All the best!

http://fotochip.blogspot.com/2010/11/sssmy-dear.html

Sylvia K said...

I enjoy your travels and shadows, too, Ralph, always good to visit the past for a bit. Love the chapel shot! Hope you and Patti have a great weekend! Enjoy!

Woody said...

That's a cool shot with the facial outline!!

frayedattheedge said...

I like the angle from which you captured the college chapel!! You may have archive photos of snow last week, but this week we have the real thing!

Crafty Green Poet said...

sounds like a great trip and there are plenty of shadows in that second photo, whether or not a facial silhouette is actually a shadow or not...

Kay L. Davies said...

I like the boat on the curvy steeple, too. And your Alfred Hitchcock imitation is marvelous. Super shadow shots, Ralph.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Diane AZ said...

What a lovely design for the steeple and I like your shadowy silhouette in the last one. It sounds like a fun trip.

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Too cute about Patty...my late husband and I would take lil' trips here and there, however we always ended up in a nature preserve, he was an avid hunter, but it also satisfied my antiquing binges, so it was a good trade off...I miss those days!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Your silhuette is perfect. Looks like a perfect lady, like the lady with you. She's so kind.

Luv both pix, bro.

Hope you both enjoyed your tripping & Hope you're enjoying your week-end.

Happy SSS...
/chie

Sam said...

That photo is very appealing with your silhouette, the mirror,the bridge cables and buildings beyond. I like the texture and colours - a bit grainy perhaps - maybe it was pre-digital? The college chapel is pretty special too - very far out architecture!

Cassie said...

hehe. The lovely Patti was just overwhelmed with your history there I bet! Really cool ShadowShots. The boat on the steeple is pretty unique...I didn't even notice until I read your words. Cool.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great shadow shots Ralph. I always love the slice of history that goes with your photos.

That little boat on the steeple is unique.

Dimple said...

Thanks for mentioning the boat on the steeple, I would have missed it, and it's neat! And a silhouette certainly is a shadow!

chubskulit said...

We passed by FU last week, we drove around and explore for photos hehe. Love the shot of the bridge!

Paula Scott said...

That wing mirror image is like the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake! Sweet!

Hey Harriet said...

Love the Alfred Hitchcock-esque second photo Ralph! The colours in it are lovely too! Thanks for taking us along on that memory trip. it was fun! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

indicaspecies said...

Particularly like the shot with the silhouette of the driver.

Greyscale Territory said...

Always enjoy your travels in these posts! Adore that steeple with the angled boat! Most unique! And the shadowy cables in the last photo are almost intimidating! Great photos!

BLOGitse said...

That silhouette is a cool detail...
Have a good week ahead!

fredamans said...

I'm with the majority, I really love that silhouette!

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2010/11/shadow-shot_27.html

Pagan Sphinx said...

Cool shot - love the silhouette. It's so great to find old photos that bring you back so exactly. :-)

Kitty said...

Hey, I know those places. Four years in the 'burgh. Even without Three Rivers, the Pgh sports fans are still wild - I spot them everywhere. Love the reflection.

Eden said...

Great shots. Love the silhouette of the driver too.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

oh my gosh Ralph...that is too funny...we thought of Hitchcock as well when we saw the picture - what a fun shot - seeing where you are and where you've been - and how lovely that it's OH-IO :) Wishing you a lovely week ahead!
Karla & Karrie

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Neat shots! Shadows abound in that second photo...and I too would consider the profile to be a SS.