It’s hard for me to not be an optimist these days. It’s springtime and things seem to be getting better and better. Take this photo walk for example. We landed in Philadelphia at 6:30 pm and less than a half hour later I’m stepping out of our downtown hotel with camera and tripod. There’s a half hour of sunlight remaining. I head for the art museum (You know what I’m talking about — think about Rocky at the top of the steps). Now days, it doesn’t matter that I don’t know where the museum is, my phone shows me the way. Fifteen minutes later, I’m standing at the iconic spot — I’m at the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum stairs. But, I find that this isn’t the spot for an iconic sunset photo, not unless you’re packing something in the 70-200 mm range. So what should I do? The light is fading fast. I reference Google maps. What’d ya know? There’s a bridge two blocks away and it probably has a skyline view. I get to the bridge at the perfect moment — 20 minutes after sundown and the skyline looks magical. I love it when things come together with minimum effort.
Did I mention that I had time for some photos of the museum also? I needs my iStock money. You gotta feed the machine from time to time. How else could I pay for all this expensive kit?.
A large portion of my adult life has been spent in Philadelphia’s gravitational pull. My previous flying job was with a US Airways affiliate. I spent many years flying in and out of Philadelphia International. And, my wife is from Philly. Despite these links, I am not too familiar with the city. Back in my US Airways days they always put us up near the airport. I have only been in downtown Philly a handful of times. I was lucky on this trip because I had a 22 hour overnight and I do the same trip next week. So, the morning after taking these sunset photos, I set out on a walk. I was scouting photo locations for next week. Here are the photos I took on that walk…. Continue reading “Fifty Cents Away From a Quarter” »*David is an San Francisco Bay Area Photographer . You can order prints of the photos featured on this blog by clicking on the image or visit our website at raboinphotography.com Support this site by using one of my links to Amazon.com. Thanks!