Autumn at FDR Park

Autumn Photos at FDR Park

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I recently realized I have some photos from back in November I never posted about. I’m glad to have some older photos to share since I’m still waiting for my new computer. I had a coffee-related incident that killed my laptop so all my photo editing is on hiatus until at least mid-February.

Once nice Sunday in early November, Holly and I wanted to find some autumn color. We decided to head to FDR Park which is about 3 miles south of where we live near the sports stadiums.

It didn’t dawn on me until we were about ready to leave that the Philadelphia Eagles were playing at home that day. Not only that, but they were playing the Dallas Cowboys which is a huge rivalry.

It was about 1:00 and the game didn’t start until 4:25 so we didn’t think there would be too much of a crowd heading that direction. After spending a majority of my life in Philadelphia, I should know better.

We tried catching the subway, but it was packed. We ended up walking to the park.

I took a few pictures with my Samsung Galaxy S9+ along the way. I had just started using the Lightroom app on my phone instead of the built in camera. I wanted to play around with the Lightroom app in anticipation of the new iPad I had recently ordered thinking I would use that to edit my phone photos. That turned out to be the case, and I was going to post something about that workflow. With the death of my laptop I may be making more changes to my photo editing process so I won’t get into any of the details yet.

Not only was the subway crowded, but a lot of people were tailgating in FDR Park before the game. Luckily, the crowds were congregated in certain areas, and we were still able to enjoy a nice walk.

I brought my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with my 28mm f/1.8 lens.

They were setting up the Tinseltown Christmas display so I was able to get a couple of early photos of that. Since it wasn’t open yet, I wasn’t able to get too close to anything.

One of the first notable things as you enter the park is the gazebo.

Another main feature is what I guess is considered a small lake. Luckily, the Eagles fans weren’t all that close to the water so I was able to get some good shots.

We had been to FDR Park a handful of times in the past but had never walked through its entirety. We alway just circled the lake. Although the lake makes up a significant portion of the park, there is still a little more to see beyond it. And there was enough autumn color to make the extra walking worthwhile.

Given that we had walked about 3 miles to get to the park and then walked through the entire park, we were pretty tired. We decided not to try to catch the subway right near the sports stadiums but walked up to the next stop.

The subway heading away was still really crowded. I suspect people without tickets went down to tailgate and then were heading home to watch the game on TV.

Although it was crowded, we were able to at least get seats and rest our feet!

It was an exhausting but fun trip. I always enjoy shooting with my Mark IV. Even though the crowds took away some photo opportunities, it was nice seeing the city bonding over an event. The Eagles won that day (28-23) and were looking like Super Bowl contenders, but, after that game, they won only 3 of their next 8 games and got knocked out of the playoffs in the Wildcard round.

I was glad we got out and got to see some excellent fall color.

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