Travel Photos at Penn State


UPDATED ON:  May 25 , 2024

I took a photo excursion to my sister's alma mater and am sharing as "Travel Photos at Penn State." It was a cool damp day with nothing but an umbrella of solid white sky above.

I decided to focus on patterns and textures as a theme for my photography that day.  Sometimes when I go out and shoot, I just pick a single theme or subject and explore that.

The photo below of the Old Main building had little texture or patterns going on but I felt inspired to photograph it anyway. I wanted to create an historical feel to the image.

Penn State Travel Photo - Old Main BuildingPenn State Historical Photo
"Old Main Building"

I composed the photo to create a little tension between the lamp post and central tower and I liked the way the two flag poles created additional points of interest.

I gave it the historical feel by processing with a Topaz Texture Effects filter called "1950s Print"

In the  "Penn State - Brick and Slate" photo below I was intrigued by the diagonal lines separating the contrasting repetitions of brick and slate.

Penn State - Brick and SlatePenn State Architecture - Brick and Slate

The lighting was flat and there is not central point of interest, but it was still an interesting building to look at.

This was not a day to practice portrait photography techniques. I just wanted to shoot photos for the fun of it. Interior architectural elements often present opportunities to go abstract and this ceiling in the student center didn't disappoint.

Penn State University architecturePenn State Campus Architecture
Diagonals and Rectangles - Ceiling Pattern

I'm guessing not too many visitors or students take the time to enjoy looking at the ceiling.

No visit to Penn State University is complete without a photo of the famous Nittany Lion Statue

Nittany Lion StatueNittany Lion Statue

If you're traveling to Penn State, I recommend you take the hike to the top of Mt. Nittany.  Although it's obscured somewhat by trees, you can get a good view of the valley below, especially on a clear day.

Tom Smyth Overlook at Penn StateTom Smyth Overlook at Penn State

It was a relaxing day of just shooting some images and I as a bonus got to see some old friend during the trip. See photos from my other travels around the country and around the globe, including less than 3 hours to the south, Harpers Ferry. The links are below my signature.

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Bruce Lovelace is the publisher of Bruce shot portraits full time for over 35 years. Now he shoots more travel photography.  Read more about him on the About Page. He also publishes how to articles and camera gear reviews at the  Photography Tips and Canon Geek websites.

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