This is part of my series of architectural photos taken on the old portion of the campus of Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. This is a close-up of the left portion of "Campus - Princeton" which is the third photo in my Princeton Series. The photos were not taken on the same day, this photo was taken on 9/15/2011 during intermittent rain (the camera was under an umbrella). The building is so big and there are trees in front of it, so it is not possible to get a photo of the entire building with any detail in it. I captured a large portion of the building in the aforementioned photo. I took a number of shots of different portions of the building, but I liked this rounded corner (a turret) with another, taller building showing on the right side. This shot also shows a portion of the carvings on the building. If you look at "Campus- Princeton", you will be able to see the context. I also liked the contrasting colors in the large slabs which make up the exterior of this building and the color of the grill work on the windows. I can't show all of the carvings and capture the detail in one photo because that area is so large. I have not found a vantage point from which I can capture the other, taller building, but I'm still looking. The Borough of Princeton completely surrounds the old portion of the campus, so there are mot vantage points to capture entire tall buildings one the edge of the campus. I was asked about taking a photo of the windows from the same aforementioned photo, "Campus - Princeton", but I could not get a good shot because of the angle I had to use to shoot them. There was a tree in the way when trying to get a straight on shot. In addition, the windows are very high up from the ground and I would need a telephoto lens to capture them if I could find a vantage point. I'll try again later for that shot.
Princeton University was originally called the College of New Jersey when it was established in a nearby community in 1746 and it kept that name for 150 years. It was the 4th British established institution of higher learning in the Colonies that later became the United States of America. It was relocated to Nassau Hall, which still stands and is being used even now, in Princeton in 1756. Nassau Hall was the scene of meetings of the Continental Congress (which preceded our current Congressional system) in the Spring and Fall of 1783. Princeton University is one of the eight universities that are known as the Ivy League schools, seven of which were chartered before the American Revolutionary War. Ivy League schools are considered some of the most elite universities in the United States. The main campus consists of 180 buildings on 500 acres. In the Spring of 2010 the total faculty was 1,132. The total student body for the 2009 �?? 2010 school year was 7,494. The American Revolutionary War is commonly considered to have started in 1775. The American Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 (this was the date of the first signature as not all of the �??states�?? had approved the document to allow their representative to sign it on the same date). July 4th is currently celebrated as the United States Independence day. General George Washington was victorious at the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. Numerous other battles were fought in the area of Princeton. The Final Peace Treaty between the British and the United States of America, The Treaty of Paris, was signed on September 3, 1883, in Paris, France.
Camera information: Nikon D200 18.0-70.0 mm lens, shot in RAW using a tripod (and umbrella), f/5.6, 1/125, ISO 200, focal length 24.0 mm
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