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Ephemera Photo Essay

They call me mellow yellow

Last Saturday morning I went for a quick 35km bike ride before it got too hot (that didn’t work out… it was already 30°C and stupid-humid by 10:30) and as is my habit, I brought my little Fujifilm X100V along for the ride. I was starting to lament having brought the camera along, since I hadn’t seen anything worth shooting.

On my way home, about 45 minutes into what would be a 70-minute ride, sweating buckets and starting to feel the effects of dehydration (1L water clearly wasn’t enough) I came across this magnificent field of sunflowers.

Thirsty, hot, sweaty, and running low on energy (the heat is not my friend), I did the only thing that made sense: I stopped and made some photos. I mean, how couldn’t I?

The next morning I went back (in my car this time around) with my X-Pro3 and a few longer lenses. It was a little overcast, but that meant it wasn’t as hot, and the light was nice and diffuse. Who needs sun when you’re shooting sunflowers?

Looking closer at the sunflowers I was astounded at how many dandelions there were in the field! They’re the perfect stealth weed that just blends in… until you want to take some nice close-ups, of course.

All those weeds don’t make the field any less photogenic, and certainly don’t deter passers-by from taking selfies!

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Ephemera From the Archives Photo Essay Travels

Philadelphia, revisited

Philadelphia is one of those cities that doesn’t seem to get much respect, especially from New Yorkers. To be honest, I’m not sure why. I had the pleasure of spending a week there on business in 2017 and found Philly to be a beautiful, vibrant, and interesting city, with lots to see and do.

Of course, given the time available, I only saw a small part of the city. Both my hotel and my customer’s offices were downtown, within 3km of each other, albeit on opposite sides of City Hall.

This kept me in the heart of the business and tourist areas, to be sure.

There is so much history here; Philadelphia (founded 1682) is after all the birthplace of America as we have come to understand it: the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution and ratified it here. Suffice it to say, Philly is old. But it’s also new, and these age differences can create stark contrasts. Philly is also a city of neighbourhoods, each with a distinct look and feel.

Like many older North American cities, the downtown core isn’t just for business, tourists, hospitals, and university students. People actually live downtown, adding a whole new level of vibrance and life to the city.

You can see the life early in the morning before work, or after the business day is done. Then again, I was in an office all day during business hours when I was there… who knows what’s happening on randum Tuesday afternoons in Philly?

Another standout is the outstanding Second Empire-styled City Hall. It sits smack-dab in the middle of everything and there are clear sight lines to it from all over the city. Early (and late) in the day, it gets spectacularly lit up by reflections from the surrounding modern glass office towers.

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Miscellany Photo Essay Travels

It was sunny in Philadelphia

In May 2017, I spent a few days in Philly on business. (Remember travel?) I had the good fortune to have a long distance to walk between my hotel and my customer’s offices every morning and eventing during this glorious spring week.

There’s a reason why I always travel with my “real” camera.

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Coronavirus Journal Ephemera Photo Essay

Don’t leave me hanging

Even though the malls are open again, that doesn’t really mean everything is back to normal. Some shops made the choice to close for the pandemic and haven’t reopened yet. Will they ever?

All images shot with my trusty Fujifilm X-Pro3 and XF35mm F2, in Classic Negative. These are slightly modified JPGs (crop, small curve for punch).