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Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

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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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