Saturday, December 5, 2009

Trevor & Mary Shull - November 28, 2009

© Stuart Pearl 2009

Now and then I'll shoot a very special wedding out of town. Last Saturday I spent a wonderful day in Columbus with the Hughes and Shull family covering Mary and Trevor's wedding day.

(A slide show of Mary and Trevor's complete photo gallery can be viewed HERE.)

The November weather cooperating perfectly with a cool but sunny and clear day. We began our photo session at the Franklin Park Conservatory. It's beautiful floral grounds mix classic architecture with avant garde sculpture and contemporary design.

The formal gardens were a perfect backdrop for Mary's classic beauty. Trevor cleaned up pretty well also.

The 5 p.m. ceremony was held at the Atonement Lutheran Church for about 120 friends and family.

The reception was held in the Whestone Park of Roses Shelter House a couple of miles from the church. Bill Hughes introduced and toasted the happy couple.

Carol Shull with son Trevor.

Click HERE to see the entire gallery of Mary and Trevor's wedding photographs. To see more work from Stuart Pearl Photography please visit my Social Event and Fine Art galleries online.

Monday, November 23, 2009

© Stuart Pearl 2009 "Arch Reflections" (Click Image to Enlarge)

Do you enjoy sending holiday cards with a local flavor? Check out the Cleveland Sight Center's website for their 2009 Holiday Greeting Card offerings.

This year I was fortunate to have "Arch Reflections" selected as one of six cards being offered by local artists. Showing the Main Avenue Bridge in the foreground, the picture was shot last January with the temperature hovering near zero. I was standing on the East Bank of the Flats. Nearby, Saturday night crowds used to throng to Fagans and D'Poos, crossing the river to Shooters using the now vacant water taxi.
The Defunct Flats Water Taxi

All proceeds benefit the Cleveland Sight Center. The profits help them provide programs and services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. If you order 100 or more of the same card, you can have a one-line imprint of your name or company added on the inside.
Other cards offered this year feature the artwork of Andrew Morrell, Jay Patel, Richard Tuschman, Thomas Roese, and Bradley Hart.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

© Stuart Pearl 2009 (Click Image to Enlarge)

In my previous entry I displayed some Fall beauty from Cleveland's urban landscape. But just east of our home is the Cleveland Metroparks.

We often hike in the North Chagrin reservation. Some of our kids were in town that day and we used it as a good excuse for a relaxing hike. This is a shot of one of the overlook shelters. It's a great place to see a variety of birds and fall colors across the hills.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Flats Fall

Oarsman at Jefferson Bridge Pilings (Click on Images to Enlarge) © Stuart Pearl 2009

Cleveland's brownfields sport their pallet of seasonal colors. And the Flats is no exception as we approach the Fall color peak. Even in the absence of nature's colors, light beams can make interesting patterns among the bridges and beams.

"Bridge Beams" from east bank of the Flats.

If I don't shoot at least several dozen pictures a week I gett antsy. To satisfy these urges I shoot weddings, social events, promotional work for WVIZ/PBS and the Cleveland Landscape. And the best way to do the latter is to take my camera to work. This affords me the best opportunities for interesting light.

Statuary at Federal Courthouse Building

On the early morning trip downtown or the evening return home, some of the most interesting shadows and contrasting textures fall across the landscape. Every day is different. And because Cleveland's weather is so changeable, the quality and intensity of light can change from minute to minute.

Skyscraper canyons often create unpredictable wind tunnels for the unsuspecting pedestrian. The body can be struck by the random icy blast. The same holds true for lighting. The eye can be wonderfully surprised by the unexpected beam of light spotlighting a red Maple against the canvas of dark office windows.

The Innerbelt Bridge spans not only the Cuyahoga River, but woods that support deer and other wildlife. It's only a matter of exploring the side roads and abandoned building sites. Powder white and gray bridge piers provide interesting counterpoint to bright yellow leaves.

Arches of the Terminal Viaduct have framed Cleveland's skyline since the late 1920's. Today they support RTA train traffic from Tower City to the West 25th Station and beyond.

View From Columbus Road Bridge

Want to see more images of Cleveland's skyline and the industrial flats? Click here. Other photo galleries displayed by Stuart Pearl can also be seen at this site:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Ken Burns Effect In NE Ohio

Ken Burns at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park All Images © Stuart Pearl 2009

The Ken Burns Effect describes a popular video pan and scan technique that filmmakers use with still photographs. It focuses the viewer's attention on key elements of a picture and creates heightened interest by zooming and moving across the scene.

Blue Hen Falls - CVNP (Click image to enlarge)

Burns had a similar effect on his audience as he spoke to a crowd of 200+ picnickers at the Happy Days Visitor Center on August 2, 2009. He was in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park promoting his new documentary "The National Parks - America's Best Idea .

It was directed by Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. WVIZ/PBS coordinated his visit to the Happy Days Visitor Center , giving supporters a chance to preview excerpts from Burns' new film.

This six episode series is scheduled to broadcast on PBS stations September 27 - October 2. You can a see a short segment of this film by going to the following video link.

Brandywine Falls - CVNP

Prior to his talk, Burns worked with the WVIZ television staff to produce several videos promoting the film. The Happy Days Visitor Center provided the backdrop.

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 it is actually within the Virginia Kendall State Park .

The bronze statue commemorates the work of all the CCC workers from that era to those who maintain current park facilities. The CCC provided jobs and education for men between the ages of 18-25.

Videographer Rich Geyser and Director Jane Temple

WVIZ/PBS production crew filming promotional commercials.

Burns arrived about 3:30 P.M at Happy Days in his rental car. CVNP was on his route to Chautauqua and then Acadia National Park in Maine. I was immediately impressed with the 56 year old filmmaker. His hair was thicker than any I've seen in my own mirror in years.

CVNP CEO Deb Yandala with Ken Burns and Ranger

Ken Burns is an excellent public speaker. He is passionate about his documentary projects and his words carry the conviction of his beliefs. He's also very approachable and a pleasure to chat with.

Teddy Roosevelt was a major proponent of the National Parks. Through legislation, lobbying and personal exploration his efforts insured the creation and preservation of these natural resources.

Carriage Trail Path - CVNP

Cuyahoga River at Rt. 82 Bridge last winter (Click on Image to Englarge).

T.R. figures prominently in Burns series. He once said "it is the preservation of the scenery, the forest, and the wilderness game for the people as a whole, instead of leaving the enjoyment thereof to be confined to the very rich. It is noteworthy in its essential democracy, one of the best bits of national achievement which our people have to their credit".

Beaver Marsh, early Spring (Click image to enlarge)

This documentary took approximately 10 years to produce with an investment of $15 million dollars. And like all of his projects, it keeps Burns travelling. He spends about 150 days on the road each year filming, at speaking engagements, and promoting his projects.

July 29 was Burns' birthday - which was spent in his automobile. In small consolation the Happy Days picnickers sang happy birthday to the film maker.

Burns says that he is making the same film over and over again. "Who are we as Americans?" This is the question addressed in "The Civil War," "Jazz," "Brooklyn Bridge," and "World War II." Now he examines the question from the perspective of America's National Parks.

Ken Burns and Stuart Pearl - CVNP 8/2/09

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Nashville 4th

All Images © Stuart Pearl 2009

Some front yards have simple flower beds. But this particular Nashville lawn had been taken over by a 40 person brass orchestra. That's how they celebrate the 4th in some Southern towns.

Band Leader Jay Dawson

Jeanne and I had driven to Nashville to spend the recent holiday with our youngest daughter and new husband. We were also meeting friends at a dinner theater where one of them was the star. Her name is Betty Davis - seriously. She changed it to "Davis" a couple of years ago when she married our friend G.R. Davis.

G.R. and Betty Davis

G.R. is a professional musician and man of many talents. His expertise includes the tuba, string bass and electric bass. He plays with a couple of bands and also teaches music at Vanderbilt University.

G.R. Davis - Computer programmer by day, teacher by evening, musician at night.

He had invited us to this block party which is now in its 33rd year. Pat Burton is the gracious host who volunteers her front yard and other resources for the event.

The block party is not advertised or actively promoted. In spite of that several hundred people attended, something which happens each year.

Singer Nan Gurley

Adolpho Birch - Former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, speaking to the guests.

The first activity is the 4th of July Parade which lasts about 15 minutes. Decorated bicycles, children and their parents first march one way down the street in front of the band, make a U-turn and return a few blocks later.

Mom pointing out what happens to children who misbehave.

After the parade, residents enjoyed cold drinks from ice filled canoes as well as a large hospitality tent containing fried chicken, fruit, pastries, and other regional food.

By three that afternoon residents were returning to their homes and we started making our evening plans. G.R. and Betty have a three bedroom cabin on five acres just outside of Nashville. There is also a pasture and small barn on their property for the two horses.

That evening we grilled burgers and whipped together some homemade peach icecream. G.R. has the old fashioned hand churn for this purpose.

You first add the following to the churn: ice, rock salt, cream, several raw eggs, a bit of sugar and some frozen peaches. Then you have new son-in-law Drew vigorously crank the mechanism for a little while. The end result was delicious and unlike anything I have had in a restaurant.

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Late afternoon it began raining, with a brief break for a few quick photos of the pasture and barn as the mist was rising. Thunder had spooked the horses so they weren't coming out of their shelter.

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Soon after these were taken the rain restarted in earnest. Any plans of going downtown to see fireworks ended when tornado watches and warnings began scrolling across the TV. We settled for watching the the celebrations from D.C and Boston on G.R's 47" flat panel. That was very satisfying and much drier.