Tuesday, November 17, 2009

VISITING ROYALTY DOCKS IN PITTSBURGH: THRU THE LENS OF GARY GAYDA


Pittsburgh has had more than its' fair share of visiting royalty here lately, what with the G-20 bringing the major powers of the world here a little over a month ago. But recently, two of the "Big Three" from Christopher Columbus' fleet were docked here in the Burgh for a couple weeks and Gary Gayda was on the scene to record the event for posterity.

Exact replicas of the "Nina" and the "Pinta" were on hand for two weeks and if you're wondering why the Santa Maria didn't make it, the answer is very simple: The masts were simply too tall to fit under the many bridges it would encounter here.


Our intrepid photographer, Gary Gayda, paid a visit to the Nina and Pinta and as usual he came away with some excellent photos. So today, we depart from our depression following the home loss to Cincinnati and focus on something different, a very special edition of "PITTSBURGH: THRU THE LENS OF GARY GAYDA". We'll title this one: "Chris' Fleet Minus One".

As is always the case, these photos are available directly from our "Director of Pittsburgh Photography", Gary Gayda, by emailing him at GMGayda@yahoo.com. Just be sure to give Gary the photo title and number as well as what size print you are interested in. Gary will get back to you post-haste.


So without further babbling-on by yours truly, let's now go back in time and pretend that Chris Columbus decided to visit Pittsburgh this week. After all, the Penguins, Panthers and Steelers were all playing!!! 

Remember, there's only one place where you can get this kind of original Pittsburgh photography and it's right here at "Pittsburgh's Black and Gold"! 

#37  TYPICAL DAY ON THE SHORELINE



ABOVE: Ducks swim peacefully in proximity to Pittsburgh's world-famous fountain.

#38 PITTSBURGH SHORELINE



LEFT: Here's a view of the city that's seldom seen, we'll call it a "Duck's-eye view" of Pittsburgh!













#39 "LANDLUBBERS"



ABOVE: Pittsburghers overrun the Nina, seizing it in the name of the city.

#40 NINA RIGGING



ABOVE: The Nina, along with sistership, the Pinta, were painstakingly reproduced from original plans.

#41 SELDOM SEEN



ABOVE: The Nina and Pinta sit docked with Heinz Field and the Carnegie Science Center looming in the background. Columbus would have surely taken in the Pitt and Steeler games last weekend.

#42 VIEW FROM THE CATBIRD SEAT



LEFT: Imagine you were a member of Columbus' crew sailing into heretofore-undiscovered Pittsburgh. This is what you would have seen...well, minus the buildings and fountain.

#43  SILHOUETTE OF AN ERA PASSED



ABOVE: Using the angle of the sun, shutter speed, f-stop, and extra time in the chemical bath, Gary Gayda produces this image of two docked icons.

#44  REFLECTIONS OF TWO ERAS



ABOVE: The past and present are relected back to the Lens of Gary Gayda in this one gorgeous shot.

Special thanks to our Pittsburgh photographer for today's beautiful images of Pittsburgh!