Elisha Packer Wilbur Mansion

Elisha P. Wilbur – Born circa 1833 he was the son of a sea captain and his mother was the sister of Asa Packer.

Wilbur chose to build his brick mansion on Wyandotte Street, probably because of the proximity to the Railroad line.

The tower on the mansion’s north side was built to permit Elisha to keep an eye on the passing trains of the Lehigh Valley were Railroad and to be sure they were on time.

Artists came from Italy to hand carve the teakwood in the library and dining room. Marble was purchase to build a fireplace for the living room and enough furniture for 18 really big rooms, including seven bedrooms and seven baths.

No records are available to learn how much money was spent to build the mansion, however the Masonic Society (then called the Masonic Building Corporation) bought the property in 1924 for $70,000.  The purchase was a real bargain.

One of the great mysteries of the mansion is who is buried in the old cemetery, now covered by the paved parking lot behind the mansion. Some say soldiers of the Continental Army.  Some say no, they are buried beneath the nearby spur route.  This is one mystery that may never be solved without an earthquake.

 

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St. Michael’s Cemetery

St. Michael’s Cemetery, located at 4th & State Sts in South Bethlehem, PA is the resting place for immigrants who came to America in the 19th & 20th centuries, many of whom worked at Bethlehem Steel & other local industries. The land for the cemetery was donated by Asa Packer in 1867 to create the first burial place in Bethlehem consecrated for the interment of Catholics. St. Michael’s is an excellent representation of the diverse cultures that built our community – more than 25 nationalities are buried at St. Michael’s.

Friends of Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA

 

 

Aruba Underwater Photography Workshop

I returned to Aruba for my annual Underwater Photo Workshop. This year I added land photo locations. We went to the Butterfly Farm and to Alta Vista Chapel.

 

 

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Grand Central Terminal

Indoor Architectural Photography from a tour of Grand Central Terminal. The tour was led and curated by Danny Bruckner of Metro North Railroad. This was an event in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Photography Club and Frank Smith, Olympus Trailblazer.

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Underwater Pumpkin Carving

2015 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest at Dutch Springs

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/6.3

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/6.3

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/5.6

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/5.6

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/6.3

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/6.3

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/6.3

Underwater Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA © 2015 Bob Hahn, Olympus E-M1 OLYMPUS 8mm Lens at 8 mm, 1/60@f/6.3

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M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Lens

180° of Creative Shooting

Explore exciting creative possibilities the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 fisheye PRO. The super-fast lens lets you apply interesting fisheye effects in low-light conditions, yet it delivers the same amazing edge-to-edge sharpness as other Olympus PRO series lenses.

This ultra portable fisheye lens makes this a perfect companion for creative shooting in any environment, especially urban street shooting, landscapes, underwater and  hand-held night shots.

The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye, with a full 180° of creative shooting. It’s lightweight and portable enough to throw in your camera bag without a second thought.

Unparalleled Optical Performance

The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye’s lens architecture (17 elements in 15 groups) dramatically reduces, chromatic and comatic aberration. Its proprietary ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating virtually eliminates ghosts and flares from backlit scenes. And its precision optics maintains pin-point sharp resolution right up to the edges of the frame – even at a wide-open f1.8 aperture.

Sealed For Perfection

The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye is surprisingly rugged. There’s a weather-sealing in five separate locations and it’s freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C).

The PPO-EP02 Dome Port available For The M.Zuiko 8mm F1.8 Pro Lens. The Dome Port is compact and designed to maximize the lens performance whether you’re shooting over/unders, macros or around the reef or wreck.

PPO-EP02 is compatible with the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II Underwater housings. The PT-EP13 Underwater Housing for E-M5 Mark II requires a port exchange service.  Users are required to send their housing into the service dept at which time they will install the PPO-EP02 (item only available through service) for use in that housing.

Shot with the OM-D E-M1 and the 8mm F1.8 PRO Lens

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Bonaire Underwater Photo Safari

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 Five Day Underwater Photo Safari Saturday November 29th, 2014 to Saturday December 6th, 2014 The island of Bonaire is considered to be one of the best locations for diving in the Caribbean, Bonaire’s pristine reefs and diverse marine life make … Continue reading