Today's photo is of the Peeps Store in National Harbor, located just outside of Washington D.C. It is one of three Peeps retail stores located in the entire United States, with the other two located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the Mall of America, which is located in Minnesota. The National Harbor area is an upscale (and still developing!) area with several dining, hotel, and shopping choices, as well as several residential developments. In my mind there are two primary attractions to National Harbor, a sculpture (which will be the subject of a photo post in the near future) and of course the Peeps store. It is kind of hard to not see the Peeps store and feel like a little kid again, even if you cannot stand the taste of Peeps (like me...but I do love the blue raspberry flavored Mike and Ike's!)
The store sold every type of Peeps one could imagine, as well as several different flavors of Mike and Ike's, Hot Tamales, and other Peeps and Company staples. This photo was taken at night when it was very windy, which is why the flags look nearly parallel to the ground. I ended up using about 4 different combinations of HDR processing as well as a few original photos to combine various aspects together for the final shot. It took several hours to process it, but I am quite pleased with the result!
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