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Photos from Philly

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Just finishing up our Thanksgiving trip to my mom’s in Devon, PA – about thirty minutes west of downtown Philadelphia. It’s incredibly beautiful here – more rural than you would expect and the old buildings and homes around here are just spectacular. There are still quite a few buildings here from the 1700’s. We have had a lot of fun.

From a photography perspective, it was kind of a bummer because it rained almost every day we were here so I didn’t get to go out and shoot like I wanted. There is this wonderful stream about 100 yards from mom’s house that leads to this great little pond. The water was running nice in it but I never had the opportunity to get down there. Maybe next time.

But there were some good photo ops that I did take advantage of. Here are some shots from the week…

We took the train into downtown one day. I love downtown Philly. It’s a great downtown area for walking around and there is so much to see. Our first stop was the National Constitution Center. This was my first time there. Really cool place. They had a display of Princess Diana stuff – childhood stuff, dresses, photos, her wedding gown, etc. To be honest, it was cool but definitely better for the females. In the large entry area were the flags from each state in the order they became states with a larger US flag. I thought it was cool.

Flags at the National Constitution Center in Downtown Philly

Flags at the National Constitution Center in Downtown Philly

Next stop – the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Thought this was a cool perspective of the Liberty Bell and the building where it became famous. This would have been much better if the sky had been blue with nice white fluffy clouds instead of blah gray but one rule of photography is that the shot you can get is better than the shot you don’t get.

Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

Next we went to the Reading Market for lunch. It was a nice 5 block walk down Market Street. Lots of cool old buildings along the way and the streets were decorated with these cool big Christmas balls. I like this perspective and it turned into a cool kind of self portrait too.

Christmas decorations along Market Street

Christmas decorations along Market Street

I tried to get some shots in Reading Market but I didn’t bring my wide angle lens so the photos weren’t great. Reading Market is actually the old Reading Railroad terminal…as in Reading Railroad on the Monopoly board. Waterworks on the Monopoly board is in downtown Philly too and is pretty cool – though I’ve only seen it from the car. I had hoped to got there for a photo op but the weather didn’t cooperate.

As we were waiting for our train back to Devon, I noticed the walls of the train station. I really liked them and took lots of photos while we were standing there waiting. Can you see the trees in the design?

Inside the train station

Inside the train station

We did take a drive out in the country, not too far from my mom’s home, to the Brandywine Museum. It’s really cool place. The drive out there is beautiful and along the way, we drove by this old barn with a pond and tons of geese out there. The photo actually doesn’t do any justice to just how many geese were around this pond. I asked my step dad to pull over for a photo and the clouds parted enough to let some blue sky peek through. It was the only time we saw the blue sky all week.

Old Barn and Pond

Old Barn and Pond

My new blog

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Thanks for stopping by blog. This is brand new for me and will be sort of a challenge cause I’m not in the habit of journaling or putting my thoughts down in written form. My goal for this blog is to be photography centered. I just finished selecting the photos for my new photography website it was cool to see how my photography has grown over the last few years. I’m happy to say I’m a much better photographer now than I used to be.

With the launch of my new website, I hope to be shooting more portraits and weddings in the near future and will be posting the photos here. And of course when I’m on another hiking adventure or out “hunting” with my friends with my camera, I plan on posting the stories and photos here.

Thanks for checking it out and keep coming back to see what happens.

First Post

Friday, September 25th, 2009

This is my first post. Let’s see how it goes.