On our first-ever visit to Pennsylvania, there were plenty of places we planned to visit. Of course, I will feature our trip through the commonwealth in future Travel Tuesday posts. Due to the route of travel, Independence Hall wasn’t our first place to visit in the state, but it was first on my list of places to see. The most important founding documents of our nation were first debated and then adopted in this large brick building. It is fitting that a statue of our first President is prominent on the property. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both created as a framework for our country here.
As an aside, I finally learned why Pennsylvania is called a Commonwealth. The state, and three others, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Virginia define themselves as commonwealths. The term, created by 16th-century founder of modern political theory, Thomas Hobbes, created the term that simply refers to the “common-wealth” of its citizens.
About the photo: On a mostly cloudy day, I used my Samsung S20U to capture the essence of the entrance and clock tower of this historic building. The camera set the exposure at f/1.8, 1/950 sec, and ISO 16 for a noise-free image. From the camera, it was imported into Adobe Lightroom Classic and then into Luminar Neo for final processing. Click on the photo to view it in 2K HD on my Flickr site.
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Something has done a good job on the statue: phone, Lightroom, or Luminar?
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As I remember, I think the biggest improvement on the statue was when I used the Enhance AI tool from Luminar. It lifted the front of the statue right out of the shadows.
Thanks. That was what I’d suspected.
Great tidbit on commonwealth. I think a lot of folks don’t know that. Being from New England, we learned it in school.
While I am always disappointed on a cloudy day for photos, there are times they make the photo better. Like this one. I think even the gold numbers of the clock stand out.
Clouds can surely provide enhanced lighting and dramatic skies as well!
Philadelphia has such iconic historical monuments, great capture of this! Here is mine this week: https://secondwindleisure.com/2023/01/15/sunday-stills-monthly-color-challenge-days-of-gray-and-white/
I didn’t see much of Philadelphia, so I need to go back and so some more exploring.
I’ve bever been either, I felt lucky to visit DC for a day years ago!
It does, indeed! Thanks.
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Great looking building with so much history, John 👏 Hopefully, we’ll have our own Independence Hall in Scotland in the not-too-distant future 🤞 https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2023/01/15/lensball-seascape-cellpic-sunday/
Visiting the hall teaches much about the beginnings of our nation!
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What? No Liberty Bell photo? You have to go back. Really like what you did with GW. Very nice.
Yes, in the morning… I saw the bell and captured an image, but it has a large window behind it and the sunlight was streaming through. The image wasn’t usable.
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Our younger daughter lives in Philly and I always enjoy visiting. We took the tour through Independence Hall, which was quite good. So much history in that city!
You have a great excuse to visit the city often! 🙂
It was easier when we lived in Chicago! But we do have a good reason to visit and I’d love to go more often.
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The gold on the clock face really stands out 🙂
It does, indeed. You’re the second person who noticed that. I was so focused on the statue, I missed that detail.
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I have been there. My mom’s 97-year-old cousin took me there several years ago. I remember the traffic in that area! Once we parked and walked around, it was fabulous to see some of the historic sites. Here’s my look back at history all done with my cell phone – my camera of choice!http://alwayswrite.blog/2023/01/15/looking-back-at-prescott-in-grays-and-whites/
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Independence Park is not but a 1hr. drive from me. I’ve been there 3 times so far, but never have gotten to visit the inside of the Hall. It was always too full of tourists to see it. I’ve walked the streets and saw most everything that I could. It’s a great place to see. So much history there.
It is truly interesting to see the inside, but it was a hassle for us to get the new recreation.gov tickets online via cellphone.
It is much better to get them reserved online in advance of going there. You’d be able to go right in at the scheduled time.
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Lovely shot John! My entry is here – https://flightsofthesoul.wordpress.com/2023/01/16/macro-monday-leaf/
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Love the background sky.
Looks like a cloudy day.
It was pretty cloudy with light rain showers off and on that day.
Thank you, John. It was a pleasant view.
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Awww! Puppies! I can’t wait to check it out! 🙂
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