A Pagoda in Pennsylvania?

City of Reading – f/8, 28mm, ISO 100, 2.5 seconds, no filter – 6 X 18 – 116 Mega Pixels

A pagoda located in Mount Penn in Reading, Pennsylvania serves as the city’s landmark.

In the early 1900s it occurred to Reading quarry owner William Abbot Witman, Sr. that his stone excavations were permanently scarring the slopes of Mount Penn, which overlooked the city. Witman decided to balance his yin with his yang by putting a stop to the quarrying and conjuring something sublime for the mountain. He found his inspiration on a postcard from the Philippines – excerpt from roadsideamerica.com.

We visited this slope of Pennsylvania because it’s quite unique to be able to see a pagoda this huge in America. It’s a 72-ft. tall Japanese-style brick and tile structure. It has neon red and yellow lights that look cool at night.

I had the same dilemma shooting a place like this, too many people. I could have moved a little bit backwards to have a better look of the Pagoda. Shot in stitched panorama of 2 rows and 13 columns a total of 26 frames at 2.5 seconds each. The red and yellow neon lights for some reason caused a purple cast in the foreground, it looks awesome to me though.

The second photo was a stitched panorama of 10 frames taken right after sunset. Not much luck with colors really. I don’t like adding colors in Photoshop it’s too fake for me.
The Pagoda – f/11, 24mm, ISO 100, 1 second, no filter – 6 X 18 – 65 Mega Pixels

Hope you enjoy it!



25 thoughts on “A Pagoda in Pennsylvania?

  1. Witman sounds like a great man — he was willing to give up something lucrative (but ugly) for something expensive (but beautiful). You have done a great job of portraying him and the pagoda!

  2. Wow, fantastic images Abe. Didn’t realize there was a pagoda so close to home! Looks like I’ll be taking a trip soon. 🙂

  3. would love to use this as a wallpaper. do you have a larger resolution version? looking for 5760×1200 +

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