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The Price Of Freedom by Lois  Bryan

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Featured in Grunge it Up July 16, 2012.
Featured in Layered With Texture November 26, 2010.
WINNER of the “November Avatar Challenge” in the Representational Digital Art group October 30, 2010.
Featured in Inspired Art September 30, 2010.
Featured in Altered By Design September 27, 2010.
Featured in #1 Artists of RedBubble September 27, 2010.
Featured in Image Writing September 24, 2010.
Featured in Vintage Art Storybook September 23, 2010.

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“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Thomas Jefferson.

My family took me to Gettysburg many times when I was a little girl. Usually several other families in our neighborhood would all pack up picnic baskets and we’d make a day of it. I have very fond memories of climbing all over the rocks and gullies here. But even though I may have been playing, Gettysburg always haunted me. When I visited recently, camera in hand, it was important to me to try and create something a little out of the ordinary … for those who fought at Gettysburg … and for all our soldiers … now and throughout our nation’s history. The addition of the eagle may be gilding the lily, but it seemed to fit with Thomas Jefferson’s wonderful quote, so in he went.

This image is a compilation of three of my own images plus several textures from Skeletal Mess at Flickr. The Canon and background were taken on a wonderful RedBubble trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with the members of Welcome Pennsylvania group on on September 6, 2010. The eagle was captured at the Conowingo Dam and a layer of the clouds that you see were taken in Howard County, Maryland. All in the US.

The eagle and the cannon images were taken with the Nikon D300, the sky with the Nikon D40x. All were combined and tinkered with in Photoshop CS4, with further tinkering in Corel Painter 11 and Nikon’s Capture NX2.

All images are copyright © Lois Bryan. All materials contained may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted, borrowed, swiped, snitched or downloaded in any way, shape or form. All rights reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited. NO MEANS NO.

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  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    What a fabulous work, dear Lois!

  • Hi Bela!!!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Wow!! I love the atmosphere of this image!! Beyond it’s incredible beauty it is so full of depth and meaning!! Well done my friend…instant fave!!

  • Blair, thank you, thank you!!!!! It’s such a meaningful place … my family took me there many times when I was a little girl … it’s very special to me. I wanted to create something a little unusual. So happy you liked the results.

    – Lois Bryan

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonover 4 years ago

    Oh beautiful work Lois :))

  • Mark thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • MICKSPIXPHOTOS
    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 4 years ago
    Excelleny work, Lois. VERY well done.
  • Thank you so much, Mick!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    Excellent work my friend !!!!!!!!!!

  • Hello Mariola, my sweetie!!!!! Thank you!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • MICKSPIXPHOTOS
    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 4 years ago
    OK, I meant Excellen*T*
  • lol … I am not the typo police!!!!!! It’s otay!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    excellent and meaningful.
    you know where I want it !
    my best, francis.

  • Francis, you darling … I did, I did!!!!!! And thank you for reminding me!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Excellent work Lois, superb as always.

  • Gary, thank you!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Paul Woloschuk
    Paul Woloschukover 4 years ago

    Fabulous, highly symbolic and poignant work Lois.

  • Hi Paul!!!! Thank you!!!!! It’s an amazing place …

    – Lois Bryan

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    fantastic work Lois. It’s like the shot was taken in the 1700’s

  • Dave, thank you so much … I was so hoping to get a nostalgic feeling to it!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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