SteelStacks | The Former Bethlehem Steel Plant, PA

A couple weekends ago, my husband and I met friends from New Jersey halfway in Lehigh Valley at SteelStacks, once the home plant of Bethlehem Steel. It is now ten acres dedicated to culture, arts, and all sorts of social events. Driving up, I instantly saw the iconic structures looming above the horizon, and found it wonderful to see an old memorable place slowly being transformed into something new and different.

I thoroughly enjoyed my walk around the campus that has once again begun to thrive. If you have never visited, I highly advise that you go check it out! Especially in the Fall when the foliage is just as beautiful as the old structures you walk next to.

SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Black and white photo SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA.

The towering stacks of Bethlehem Steel.

Black and white photograph of Bethlehem Steel stacks.

Black and white photo of one of the large stacks of Bethlehem Steel.

Black and white close up of one of the steel stacks at Bethlehem Steel.

A part of SteelStacks which used to be Bethelehem Steel.

The amazing structure of Bethlehem Steel.

The towering stacks of the former home plant of Bethlehem Steel.

Bethlehem Steel black and white photograph.

The large furnace at SteelStacks.

Bethlehem Steel plant in PA.

Bethlehem Steel plant in Pennsylvania.

Part of an old cargo carrier at Bethlehem Steel.

A black and white shot of the stacks at Bethlehem Steel, PA.

SteelStacks, which used to be Bethlehem Steel, still stands tall.

The sun descends behind the remnants of Bethlehem Steel, now known as SteelStacks.

The sun casts its glow over the towering stacks at Bethlehem Steel, Pennsylvania.

SteelStacks machinery in Bethlehem, PA.

The former Bethlehem Steel plant in Pennsylvania.

Nature always finds a way.Life always finds a way.

The former Bethlehem Steel plant still stands tall.

The sun descends behind the Bethlehem Steel plant.

Autumn at SteelStacks.

Gazing through the windows of an old building at SteelStacks.

Black and white photo of a building at Bethlehem Steel, Pennsylvania.

A building of the former Bethlehem Steel plant still stands today.


A Smartphone-Photographed Disney & Universal Vacation

Is using your smartphone to take photos on your trip really a good idea? Is it as good as using a simple point-and-shoot or a DSLR? Cameras built into modern smartphones are better than some point-and-shoots that I’ve used in the past. Additionally, carrying around your cell is a lot easier than taking a camera, even a small, compact one around with you. Now, as much as the quality of images on smartphones has improved with each year, they are still no match for that of a DSLR camera.

Though I am an avid photographer, I don’t always want to carry around my “big” camera with me. Of course, that all depends upon where I’m going. If I were to go on another cruise through the Mediterranean, visiting such beautiful places as Italy, Greece and Egypt, I would certainly want my DSLR! It isn’t every day that I can visit these places (it can be a bit pricey, you know). Disney World, though, is a different matter.

In January of 2015, my husband and I honeymooned in Florida, staying at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter resort. I still wanted to document our trip but did not wish to carry a bag around with me, so I definitely did not want to take my big camera, especially on all of the rides. I could have brought my point-and-shoot, even though it was still a little bulky, yet I realized that the megapixels on my Moto X was a lot better. The camera was old, but my phone had a 10MP camera (which is quite impressive to me for a phone), as well as 1080 p HD video. I always have my phone on me so problem solved!

I was very impressed with the quality of photos that my smartphone took. See for yourself below!

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter resort.

A street in the Port Orleans French Quarter.

A fountain in the Port Orleans French Quarter resort in Disney World, Florida.

The great front gates of Jurassic Park.

Over in Universal Islands of Adventure…I get hit with such nostalgia every time I see the great Jurassic Park gates!

Opened Jurassic Park gate.

The t-rex is loose in Universal Islands of Adventure!

AH! The Tyrannosaurus is loose!

The peak of Hogwarts School of Wizardry.

A glimpse of Hogwarts!

I think the Spinosaurus saw me!

Think it saw me…?

Hogwarts castle in Orlando, Florida.

Hogsmeade town sign.

An walkway in Diagon Alley.

Steps in Diagon Alley.

Universal Islands of Adventure.

Outside the Temple of Poseidon.

Poseidon’s temple in Universal.

Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella’s castle!

Some Wonderland lawn art!

“Have I gone mad?”
“I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Prince Eric's Castle in Fantasyland of Disney World.

I absolutely love this image of Prince Eric’s castle. And again, straight from my smartphone with just slight edits!

Ariel's grove.

Rapunzel's tower.

Delicious cupcake from Be Our Guest.

Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!” If you ever get the chance to eat at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom, definitely do it! The food and the atmosphere are phenomenal.

A close up of Cinderella's castle.

A close up of a Mexican temple in Epcot.

Mexican pavilion at Epcot.

A street in Epcot, Disney.

Street view of Disney's Epcot theme park.

A street in France in Disney's Epcot.

Moroccan bazaar in Epcot.

The Moroccan bazaar.

Beautiful arch-framed window in Disney's Epcot.

Japanese Pavillion of Disney World's Epcot theme park.

The great tree of life in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The magnificent tree in Animal Kingdom. It’s amazing to see in person.

As you can see, taking photographs on your trip is easily done with a smartphone! I would also like to point out that clarity doesn’t always make for a fantastic image- it’s all about the composition and the feelings you get when looking at a photo that really make it great.