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University Park - The Lion Shrine

In photo above, I was looking for a different way to photograph the statue. There was a beautiful blue sky and dramatic portrait lighting on the statue. The vertical composition adds to the drama. See Lion I for pricing below.

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The Lion I

It was 7am on May 12, 2011. The Penn State Maintenance Department had finished cleaning the Lion Statue for the legions of new graduates who would be waiting in long lines for a photo opportunities with family and friends.

 I took this opportunity to photograph the "clean" Lion at a low angle creating a dramatic view. The cherry trees in the background only flower for three days around graduation time.

This beautiful image could be yours in an 8x10 size for $35.00 (shipping included) unframed shipped rolled in a tube. Each print is individually printed and signed.

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The Lion II

This is the same print as above only converted to the black and white version. It is quickly becoming a favorite.


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The Lion in Autumn

After a gentle rain on October 27, 2011 the Lion was nice and clean and had some beautiful Fall Foliage. This is a very nice Fall Foliage and an impressive piece when hanging in your house. An 8x10 of this image is $35.00 which includes shipping.

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Hidden Lion

I was lucky to "capture" the Lion in the foliage. The Lion is currently being "spruced up" and will be ready for September of 2013. I love this image.


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Lion in the Woods

 The Lion at graduation has the RedBuds. This unique view combines the redbuds and a nice woodsy look. Very popular image. Great to purchase for the new or old graduate. This can be reproduced from a small 8 x 10 to a large 24 x 30 with ease. An 8x10 with no matting can be yours for $35 including shipping.


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Impressive View

The Lion looks different each time you photograph it. This is a favorite of mine with a dramatic closeup of the Lion's Face (frontal) with a little foliage and the dramatic paw in the front.


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The Lion in Winter

It was January 26, 2004 and I had made a special trip to State College anticipating the snow. I tried to get this photograhed at the peak of the storm before the inevitible student "cleaning" of the Lion.

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The date was October 29, 2011, which happened to be Coach Joe Paterno's last game as a head football coach at Penn State University. It was snowing and the leaves were still displaying, so I decided to photograph some scenes while I could. I was able to capture this unique image of the Lion with the snow and fall foliage in one image. This is a traditional sized print (a non-panorama). Go to:http://www.tommairs.com/pay_pal.php for prices on both panoramas and traditional sized prints..

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The Lion at Graduation

In the spring at graduation time the Lion is beautifully framed by the blossoming cherry trees. This image was created in May of 2010 at 7:00 AM.Using the side view to "capture" the majestic statue with the light being forced in from the right created a "stunning" image perfect for any new graduate.


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This image took me three years to capture. It was taken on an overcast December morning as I was on my way to the 1997 Football Banquet. As soon as I saw the final result, I knew I had a print that would stand through time. Notice the light around the eye and the granite base below the chin. I took the image as I would pose a human in a profile, utilizing the light at a 45 degree angle to the right.