2017 PSA Annual Conference Photo Potenial Tours

By Ralph Durham



The Pittsburgh Conference team is busy working on finalizing the tours for the Pittsburgh Conference. We will have a nice variety of tours to suit everyone’s interests. Pittsburgh, “The City of Bridges,” is a fascinating city founded in 1758. It has been revitalized and there are a variety of photo opportunities, from old factories to covered bridges, and from interesting architecture to botanical gardens. Here are some of the potential tours that we are considering.


Fallingwaters is a Frank Lloyd Wright home. We will be able to photograph this home from the outside and will be able to take tours inside. This will be an all day tour with lunch provided. For more information on Fallingwaters see: www.fallingwater.org 


A Covered Bridge tour will take you into Washington County to about 6 covered bridges. This will be an all day tour and will include lunch.


Rivers of Steel is a tour of an old steel mill.  We will be able to photograph the inside the mill, a great spot for the grunge look and a rare opportunity to capture many unique and interesting photographs. -. This will probably be a 1/2 day tour.  For more information on Rivers of Steel see: www.riversofsteel.com


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has historic art –(use a dash here) several Chihuly pieces, an 1893 glasshouse and many beautiful gardens.  We will be able to get in early to photograph the gardens.  This will probably be a 1/2 day tour. For more information on the Phipps Conservatory see: https://phipps.conservatory.org


At the National Aviary, encounter exotic, rare and endangered birds up close as you are transported from rocky coastlines through a tropical rainforest to serene grasslands, bird feedings, free flight, and walks through the exhibits. For more information on this aviary see: www.aviary.org.


We are planning sunrise and sunset tours. Some of the places for these tours are the different parks in the area (North Shore Allegany River Front, Point State Park, and South Shore Park) and the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline at Mount Washington. These tours will be run all week, with some including our keynote speakers.


We are working on a River Dinner Cruise –(use a dash here) dine on a boat as you cruise the Ohio, Monongahela, and Alleghenny Rivers that surround Pittsburgh.


There will be many opportunities for photography meet-up groups. We are working on buses to take you to different parts of the city so that you can photograph the buildings and other interesting areas in Pittsburgh.


The Pittsburgh tours are shaping up nicely and full information will be available by the time you sign up for the conference. I hope you will enjoy all the different tours.