Water Lantern Festival - Cleveland

Went to the Water Lantern Festival last night hoping to get some nice photos. The weather was great after the sun went down, but the breeze was blowing in off the lake. The lanterns were blown into the boardwalk rather than out into the contained area of the lake. Organizers did a nice job with the festival - food trucks, music, and the lanterns. The lanterns were launched on ramps because of the height of the boardwalk area. A launch area was set up using pool noodles to create a "fence". All lanterns were collected after the event.

Close ups of my decorated lantern

Black and White Show 2019 | Stella's Gallery

Excited that all three of my photos were selected for the Black and White show at Stella’s Gallery. The reception is Friday, January 11th from 7-9pm. Two of my prints are for sale.

Update: “Lacey” received First Place in the Photography category. I tagged it “not for sale” but had somebody really interested in buying the print. I didn’t sell.

Lacey - not for sale

Arches - $150

Steel #2 - $150

KelbyOne World Wide Photo Walk 2018

Every year KelbyOne hosts a World Wide Photo Walk the first Saturday in October. Volunteers in cities all over the world set up local walks. I joined the Pixel Connection and Sam Young Studios for a walk from Public Square to the North Coast Harbor in Cleveland. The sponsored performers for us to photograph along the way including a ballerina and fire dancers.

Veteran's Memorial Bridge (Detroit-Superior Bridge)

Saturday I participated in the self-guided tour of the lower level of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Cleveland. This part of the bridge hasn't been open to the public since 2013 and it's the first time I've been on it. A strong crowd estimated at 10,000 people turned out. 

I've chosen to process my photos in black & white with a grungy feel. At one time this may have been a very nice facility, but it now shows the years of neglect. The structure sets up well for abstract shots and vanishing point perspective, as well as detail shots of the structural steel. 


History via Wikipedia

The Detroit–Superior Bridge (officially known as the Veterans Memorial Bridge) is a 3,112 foot (949 meter) long through arch bridge over the Cuyahoga Riverin ClevelandOhio. The bridge links Detroit Avenue on Cleveland's west side and Superior Avenue on Cleveland's east side, terminating west of Public Square. Construction by the King Bridge Company began in 1914 and completed in 1918, at a cost of $5.4 million. It was the first fixed high level bridge in Cleveland, and the third high level bridge above the Cuyahoga (the first was the Old Superior Viaduct and the second the Central Viaduct, also built by the King Company). At the time of its completion, the bridge was the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world.

The high level bridge starts on the east at the center line of West 9th Street and Superior, and extends across the Cuyahoga Valley to the junction of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. It is 3,112 feet (949 m) long. The total cost, including the land and a right of way, was $5,407,000, split as $1,687,200 was for land and $3,719,800 for the superstructure.[2]

The bridge has 96 feet (29 m) of clearance above the river, and rises to 196 feet (60 m) above the river at the peak of the central span. The original construction included a main deck 75 feet (23 m) wide, with two 15 feet (4.6 m) sidewalks and a 45 feet (14 m) roadway. While the bridge's upper level is for road traffic, the lower level was intended for streetcars. It was built with four sets of these tracks, leaving room for two more, if needed.[2]

The structure includes 12 concrete arches and one steel span. The steel span is 591 feet (180 m) long and crosses the Cuyahoga River. The steel span cost $646,747. About 2,123,300 cubic yards (1,623,400 m3) of concrete and 9,385,000 pounds (4,257,000 kg) of reinforcing steel were used in the construction of the arches.[2] The concrete piles used in the foundation work, if placed end to end, would extend a distance of 28 miles (45 km). Each end of the structure has underground streetcar stations for the trams that operated on the lower deck.

Due to the closure of the streetcar operations, the subway level became unused. In November 1955, ramps to the lower level were closed. The Detroit–Superior Bridge remained a bottleneck during rush hour. A two-year renovation completed in May 1969 added two traffic lanes by narrowing existing sidewalks from 15 to 5 feet and cantilevering the new lanes outside the central arch.[3]

On November 11, 1989 (Veterans Day), the bridge was renamed the Veterans Memorial Bridge.[3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1974.

In 2003, Cuyahoga County Commissioners approved the conversion of the two outside traffic lanes for pedestrian and bicycle use.[4] The lower level and subway station are opened to the public for tours a few times per year, typically around Memorial DayLabor Day, and for the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival. Self-guided tours are free of charge.[5]


The new George V. Voinovich Bridges in Cleveland has some interesting views, underneath. At night it is lit up with blue lights making it look like a spaceship from certain angles. 

The George V. Voinovich Bridges are two bridges in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., that carry Interstate 90 (I-90, Innerbelt Freeway) over the Cuyahoga River. They are named for George Voinovich, former mayor of ClevelandGovernor of Ohio, and United States Senator.

The Cleveland Innerbelt Modernization Plan was focused on improving safety, reducing congestion and traffic delays, and modernizing interstate travel along I-71, I-77 and I-90 through Downtown Cleveland.


Cleveland Skyline

Last night looked like it was going to set up for a beautiful sunset in the Cleveland area, but the sky didn't cooperate. I've had a new site on my list and finally made the effort to get out there. The Cleveland sign in Tremont, at the intersection of W14th and Abbey Ave. offers a nice view of the skyline. 

The two middle photos below are panoramas. The first is a 10 shot pano, and the second is made of 6 shots. Both are done with 3 shot bracketing, so they are actually 30 and 18 shots, respectively. They are shot at about 75mm.

Cleveland Air Show Part II

This series includes details of some of the static (display) aircraft, as well as some flight shots with different post-processing. 

Cleveland Panorama

Recently I've made a few attempts at panoramic shots using my Canon dSLR. I'm quite happy with the way this shot(s) turned out. This was taken during the Kelbyone World Wide Photo Walk on Saturday, Oct. 11. Three shots taken from the outdoor balcony of Garfield's Monument at Lakeview Cemetery. 

Cleveland Skyline

Cleveland Instagram Meetup #03

Friday night was the third Instagram Meetup here in Cleveland. There was a group of about 20 photographers walking between East 4th Street and Voinovich Park. I got a wide variety of pictures including cityscapes, architectural, detail shots and few people pictures (not my strength).

Old Photos Re-processed for a New Life

Over the years I have taken photographs that have great potential, but were lacking in post-processing. When I first started taking pictures with a dSLR camera, I only had the software that came with the camera, no Lightroom or Photoshop. I was very limited in the post-processing I could do. After I got Lightroom, I put a lot more effort into learning how to, and actually putting effort into post-processing.

A month or so ago, some of my photos were critiqued by Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski and Erik Valind on The Grid.  They said technique and composition were pretty solid, post-processing was not bad, but keep working at it.  I try to get out at least once a week to take photos, but when I'm short on time or energy, I've been going through old catalogs and finding photos that maybe didn't get to their full potential back in the day. 

It's interesting to look back at these photos and see where my short-comings were and where I have grown. And where I still haven't grown. 

Here is an eclectic collection of photos that recently got new life.