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Two Weeks with the iPhone SE

I have been in the market for a new phone for quite a while, but after much deliberation I finally pulled the trigger and purchased a new Apple iPhone SE two weeks ago. So far, I am very pleased it. I bought the 64GB $499.00 model and think it is a terrific value. I will write a more detailed review in a few weeks, but I think it the “little” SE delivers great performance. One of the best things about the phone is it’s 12 MP camera, the exact same camera that is the top of the line iPhone 6S has. The SE also uses the same high performance A9chip as the 6S.

I have already taken quite a few pictures with the SE. Here are a few of my favorites of the last weeks..

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Painters on the Lehigh River, Easton, PA

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Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, Allentown, PA

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The Wolf Building, Easton, PA

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Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA

More of My Favorite Pictures of 2015

 

Whoa, it is almost April 2016! Here are 10 more of favorite pictures from 2015. Going forward I am going feature more of my favorite pictures from prior years. I’ve been taking digital pictures since 2001 and I have amassed a fairly large number of shots that I would like to share with others on this blog. For the past few years I have posted top 10 collections for each year and in some cases expanded that number of favorites. Other times I have featured groups of pictures that I took at a particular location or event. I plan to continue to do that, but I also plan on publishing more blog posts that feature just one photo, or small groups of photos and provide a more detailed description of the subject of the photo (s) than I have previously. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes it really enhances the value of the picture when you explain the story behind it.

 

Blizzard 2016: A few pictures from Easton. PA

I was wondering if we were ever going to get a real snow storm this winter. Mother Nature really did deliver this past weekend. The Lehigh Valley was buried with 30 plus inches of snow. I was able to capture a few scenes from our latest snow-apocalypse here in Easton, PA. I actually had to work the Saturday that the big storm hit. Fortunately, I live within walking distance of my place of work in Easton, PA, but the walk to and from the office was a bit more challenging than usual, although I must say I enjoyed the stark white imagery that storm created.

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Spring Garden St. the morning the storm hit.

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North Third St.

 

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Saturday morning. Here is the view from Northampton St. and 6th St.

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Here is the view on the Northampton St. at 3:30 pm. The storm was raging and visibility was limited.

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Spring Garden St. at night, the snow still falling.

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Digging out the Day After. 7th Street.

 

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Spring Garden St. on Sunday.

My Favorite Pictures of 2015: 1 to 10

Here are my 10 favorite pictures of 2015. I took quite a few pictures in 2015 and it was difficult for me to narrow down my favorites to 10 shots. Most of my pictures were taken in and around the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where I now reside, as well as New York City and New Jersey. I’m going to post more of favorite pictures from 2015 soon because there were at least 10 or 15 another pictures that liked nearly as much as those included in this top 10. All pictures were taken with my trusty Canon S90.

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Footbridge In Riegelsville, PA

Footbridge In Riegelsville, PA

2

The Bank Street Alley in Winter - Downtown Easton, PA

The Bank Street Alley in Winter – Downtown Easton, PA

3

Snow Covered Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge-Feb 2015

Snow Covered Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge-Feb 2015

4

Green Space at the Hudson Yards Subway Station - NYC

Green Space at the Hudson Yards Subway Station – NYC



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St. Patrick's Cathedral Side Entrance (50th St.)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Side Entrance (50th St.)

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Two Rivers: The view from Riverside Park, Easton, PA

Two Rivers: The view from Riverside Park, Easton, PA

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Lenape Hall in HDR, Doylestown, PA

Lenape Hall in HDR, Doylestown, PA

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Fall Colors - College Ave., Easton, PA

Fall Colors – College Ave., Easton, PA

Irises at Presby Gardens, Upper Montclair, NJ

Irises at Presby Gardens, Upper Montclair, NJ

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1 World Trade Center in HDR, NYC

1 World Trade Center in HDR, NYC

Freight Train Crosses the Delaware River

Train Delaware Drama SSI took this picture around 6:30 pm, last Friday (08/21/15).

I took this picture from the Easton, PA, at the point where the Lehigh River pours into the Delaware river. The photo was modified on my iPad by applying the Drama Filter from the Google Snapseed App.

HDR Pictures of the Bethlehem Steel Plant

I’ve been taking a lot pictures in recent weeks at Bethlehem Works, the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, PA. The historic plant was closed in 1995, after producing steel for roughly 140 years. Bethlehem Steel was once the number 2 producer of steel in the United States. The 160 acre site is currently in the midst of a remarkable transformation to multi-use site that includes new buildings and original structures from the plant which will be used for cultural, recreational, educational, entertainment and retail development.

It is quite awe inspiring to walk around the grounds of the former Industrial Giant. The mighty Bethlehem Steel produced steel that was used to construct some of the most iconic structures, buildings and bridges in the country, including the following:

The Golden Gate Bridge
The George Washington Bridge
The Hoover Dam
The Lincoln Tunnel
The Chrysler Building
Rockefeller Center
Waldorf Astoria

During both World War I and II Bethlehem Steel played a critical role in the war effort, producing munitions, parts for aircraft and the steel that was necessary to build over 1,000 warships for the U.S. Navy.

I have selected a few my favorite pictures and applied the Snapseed HDR filter to them.

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The Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces at Twilight

The Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces at Twilight

Beth Steel Bench HDR HMT

This summer a 2,000 ft pedestrian walkway modeled on The Highline in New York City was opened. The Walkway is called the Hoover Mason Trestle and it was built on top of an elevated railway that was used transport iron ore to the blast furnaces.

Beth Steel HDR Brick Bldgs

Beth Steel HDR Brick

View East from the Hill to Hill Bridge

View East from the Hill to Hill Bridge

The Original Bessemer Steel Building c 1872

The Original Bessemer Steel Building c 1872

Arts Quest Plaza at Steel Stacks

Arts Quest Plaza at Steel Stacks

View of the Blast Furnaces from the East End  of the HMT

View of the Blast Furnaces from the East End of the HMT

My Favorite Pictures of 2014 – Pennsylvania Group

Fall Colors along the Delaware River, view north from Easton, PA

Fall Colors along the Delaware River, view north from Easton, PA

Spring Garden St., Easton, PA

Spring Garden St., Easton, PA

Philadelphia PD motorcycles, Market St.

Philadelphia PD motorcycles, Market St.

Ducks on the Lehigh River, Easton, PA

Ducks on the Lehigh River, Easton, PA

Philadelphia in HDR


George M. Fattell.

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