Cellpic Sunday – Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment. Oh, and, you don’t have to post it on a Sunday.

John Steiner


  1. 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.

  2. 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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