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Old Dec 15, 2015, 10:27 PM   #1
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The Harmonists were a 19th Century German Religious sect that settled and thrived in the area. Unlike what I imagined they'd be like, they embraced technology and business (while still being a communal society--Communist Capitalists); owning great amounts of land, money, manufacturing facilities, railroad and shipping interests. They didn't believe in procreation though, so they inevitably faded until finally the last remnants disappeared in 1905. Most of the settlement was sold to American Bridge Company (turning it into the steel town of Ambridge), while the most historical areas became a historical site.

Over the weekend was the Christmas celebration there, with some events, demonstrations, etc. Everything was candlelight or dim electric lights, so I was surprised to get much of anything at all and the noise doesn't bother me.

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The Belsnickel. Sort of a grumpy angry version of Santa, if you were in his good list you might get a piece of candy. IF you were bad he very well might drag you out into the darkness and hit you with his stick for a while.

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This room had NO LIGHTS on. I leaned against a post and took this two second exposure. No, it's not totally sharp but I was glad I got anything.

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Not believing in procreation does seem a bit non-sustaining, LOL...

Very nice photo essay. Very good use of light in many of these in under less than ideal conditions.
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Very nice photo story.
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Not believing in procreation does seem a bit non-sustaining, LOL...

Very nice photo essay. Very good use of light in many of these in under less than ideal conditions.
Haha, that's true, they did adopt a little but apparently not enough. I had assumed that they were very simple and didn't believe in the "small things" in life but they apparently were fine with luxuries.

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Thanks James, now looking at them a week or so later I think I'd dial back the saturation on the outside shots. Those bricks look a little TOO red to me now, but I am not sure if I'll get around to that or not, haha.
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Beautiful series Sammy and very interesting subject to photograph.

Have a great day.

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Beautiful series Sammy and very interesting subject to photograph.

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very nice set, I really like the last one and the first couple, didn't notice any objectionable noise at all.
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