Friday, January 26, 2018

HDIC Events: Playwright Festival 3

I’ve often said that one of the things that I enjoy the most about my photography is how varied it is.  I shoot all kinds of different locations, people, and events throughout the year, and this year has started off no different.

The Studio Theatre in the Cathedral of Learning
Last Sunday, I entered the chamber beneath the Cathedral of Learning (you know, it’s basement), and for the first time ever, entered the Studio Theatre to photograph the Playwright Festival 3, an event put on by the Pitt Performance Collaborative.  This event allows for Pitt writers to submit a play to be judged by a panel where the top three are produced as staged readings.  At the end of the night, the audience votes on which one they enjoyed most, and the three are awarded prizes based on the rankings.

This year, HDIC Productions provided their photography services to the event.  It was so cool to be able to shoot a different type of event than I have ever shot before.
The three plays this year were all very good, but of course, there can only be one winner.  So with that, I’m going to break into the plays and talk a bit about each one and show some photos of it.  I might as well just follow the order of the way that they placed.

3. A Hole Halfway to China in Our Suburban Backyard- By Jessica Simpson
The play focused on a relationship between a man and woman who slowly grow apart when the wife starts digging a whole to china.

2. Anna is a Poet by Peri Walker
This play follows Anna as she discovers her poetry throughout a college class.

1. Waiting Room by Jacob Punturi
The Winner, Waiting Room follows two teens as they wait for new about their grandmother who had been admitted to the ICU.

So, be on the lookout on our other social media channels for more photos soon!  And we look forward to working with the Performance Collaborative again soon!


Images shot on a Canon Rebel T5 and a T7i with a EF 50mm f/1.8 STM or a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.4 DI II VC Lens.
All Images copyright 2018 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions

Friday, January 12, 2018

Scenic Pittsburgh: When the Rivers Froze

Happy new year everyone!  Sorry I missed last week’s blog post, but I’m back and ready to continue with another installment of Scenic Pittsburgh!

Over the Christmas holiday, Pittsburgh experienced a decent amount of snowfall– enough that we had a “White Christmas” for the first time in many years!

Christmas snowfall, December 2017
What also happened was a very large plummet in temperatures.  I’m talking about temperatures around 0 with wind chills in the negatives (some days up to twenty below).
With the temperatures going down so low for so long, we experienced something that hasn’t happened in probably a few years (at least as far as I can remember it happening)– the three rivers froze!

The Riverquest boat, Explorer, frozen in ice, January 2018
For those of you that don’t know about the history of Pittsburgh, the location for the city was chosen because of the rivers.  The Allegheny to the north, the Monongahela to the south, and then they meet to form the Ohio river, which continues to the Mississippi (We have a nice state park at the point of confluence called Point State Park).

The Point from Mount Washington, January 2018
The rivers are something that is photographed most often in Pittsburgh from any of the wonderful vantage points, see our blog post about Mount Washington.  This past weekend, I spent some time on Mount Washington and on the North Shore photographing the now frozen rivers.  It was a very cold day, but it was well worth wearing multiple pairs of pants and shirts in order to photograph them.

The City of Pittsburgh in view, January 2018

Neville Island and the frozen Ohio river, January 2018

The Allegheny River from the North Shore, January 2018.
Next time you’re in Pittsburgh, take a moment to appreciate some of the views the city has to offer with the majestic three rivers.


All images copyright 2018 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions