Third Place in the “Flags” challenge in Around The World July 14, 2010.
Featured in Welcome Pennsylvania July 4, 2010.
Featured in #1 Artists of RedBubble July 4, 2010.
Featured in Live, Love, Dream June 27, 2010.

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With the Fourth of July coming up, I thought I’d pop up an image of our flag here in the US, what we sometimes lovingly call “Old Glory.” God bless us one and all.

What follows is the story of the original Old Glory
The original Old Glory was made and presented to the young Captain Driver by his mother and some young ladies of his native Salem, Massachusetts. The year is uncertain, but it was probably sometime in the 1820s. It is a large flag, measuring 10 feet by 17 feet, heavily constructed and designed to be flown from a ship’s mast. It originally had 13 stars and, symbolic of its nautical purpose, includes a small anchor sewn in the corner of its blue canton.
The captain was very pleased with his gift, and always kept it with him. By most accounts, he first hailed the flag as “Old Glory,” when he left harbor for a trip around the world in 1831-1832, as commander of the whaling vessel Charles Doggett. Old Glory served as the ship’s official flag throughout the voyage. Some weathering and fraying almost certainly occurred during this severe service, and the flag shows evidence of patching on more than one occasion.
thank you Wikipedia

A capture of one of the beautiful American Flags hanging in the main lobby area of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Image taken on June 6th, 2010 on a photo shoot with other ’Bubblers of the Welcome Pennsylvania group, hosted by the lovely Lori Deiter .

Photo taken with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200vr Nikon lens, no tripod (remind me next time, somebody!!), shutter 1/30, aperture f/4.2, exp -0.33, iso 500. Post work included creation of an hdr image in Photomatix from a single .jpeg image duplicated in Photoshop CS4. Various gyrations in Photoshop CS4 (including the addition of two textures), too numerous to remember much less mention, ensued.

My thanks to Skeletal Mess at Flickr for both textures.


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  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandabout 4 years ago

    Well done! Great composition through framing and lighting.

  • Michael, thank you!!!! It’s such a beautiful place!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 4 years ago

    very nice rendering of the flag and its quarters Lois

  • Hi Dennis!!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous – - – always makes be proud to be an American whenever it’s displayed so beautifully as this!!!!

  • Hello darling girl .. yes, it does lift the heart, does it not??? Thank you!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Glorious light Lois.

  • thank you, Rose!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 4 years ago

    Such a MARVELOUS image dear Lois. The wonderful woodwork in the Capitol Building is truly amzing as well, and you have captured it beautifully. XXSUEXX

  • Hi Sue!!! Thank you, sweetie!!! I love love love all the details among the strong, sweeping lines of this place!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic comp and capture Lois.

  • Hi Steven!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Clive
    Cliveabout 4 years ago

    A superb image Lois, beautifully captures, love the wonderful colours xx

  • Hello dear Clive!!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Steve Silverman
    Steve Silvermanabout 4 years ago

    A beauty, Lois!

  • Steve thank you!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work Lois.

  • Hi Bunny!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • andreisky
    andreiskyabout 4 years ago

    wonderful photo and treatment!

  • Hi Andrei!!!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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