Battle Monument, United States Military Academy

On December 14, 2017, in New York, by admin
Battle Monument, United States Military Academy

Battle Monument, United States Military Academy (click to enlarge)

Here are the ends of the cannon barrels that encircle the Battle Monument at the United States Military Academy.  The interesting thing is the different degree to which each of cannon have weathered.  The cannon are arranged in a circle, so they all receive different levels of sunshine and weather.

Combined, the Union and the Confederacy had 298,781 killed, wounded, captured or missing in these 16 battles.  That is pretty sobering when you consider that is about 1.5 times the strength of today’s Marine Corps.  Imagine the entire Marine Corps lost in less than a four year period….

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Marker Palooza

On December 12, 2017, in Pennsylvania, by admin
Crayola Marker Stack

Crayola Marker Stack (click to enlarge)

Inside the Crayola Experience store you can fill up a box with all of the crayons and markers you want.  This image is a small part of the marker display.  I did not have a wide-angle lens and could not step far enough back to capture the entire wall.  Crayola makes a LOT of different colored markers.

When I stare at this image, my eyes start to go crazy!

Crayola Experience, Easton PA: N40 41 27.47 W75 12 35.04


Falling Crayolas

On December 9, 2017, in Pennsylvania, by admin

Falling Crayons (click to enlarge)

Driving north past Easton Pa, we saw a sign for the Crayola Experience.  Of course, we had to visit on the way back home.

The original image is below.  I took that one from the parking garage across the street.  I knew that was not a very inspiring image, but there were elements that I really liked such as the crayons, blue sky, and clouds.

So what do you do when your perfect composition is scattered about the image?  Move the good parts to where they need to be!  I selected the crayons and box and moved them to the cloudy background, then cropped out everything else.

When you are out with your camera, take pictures of everything.  You can always move elements within the image, or even combine elements from different images into a new, better image (like this one of balloons at Disneyworld).

If you are in the Easton area and have kids, the Crayola Experience is worth at least a half day.  The rest of the town around the Crayloa Experience is worth exploring and has some nice restaurants.

Crayola Experience, Easton PA: N40 41 27.47 W75 12 35.04

Crayola Experience, Easton PA



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