Christmas Tree

Christmas in Philly 2023

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I had a few opportunities in December to take some photos of Christmas around Philadelphia.

Holly and I live close to Rittenhouse Square which always has a Christmas tree and other decorations. I first took some pictures there with my Samsung S9+ at night.

I went for a lunchtime walk the next day with my Yashica Mat 124 G loaded with Lomography Color 800 and my Olympus OM-1 loaded with Kodak Portra 400. I used my Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens. I walked to City Hall which is always decorated for the holidays.

I’ve had issues in the past with the Yashica jamming when I try to advance the film. It hadn’t happened in a while, but it happened on that day. On my way to City Hall, I was able to get a few shots before it jammed, including Rittenhouse Square during the day and a cool double exposure that I ended up taking as I was trying to get the Yashica going again.

Luckily and not coincidentally, I had a 2nd camera with me. I was able to continue taking photos around City Hall with the Olympus.

About a week later, we went to dinner at Le Virtù, and on the way back, we visited The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Light Display, and I took a number of photos with my Samsung S9+. Neighbors along one block decorate theirs homes with great enthusiasm making for a rather festive evening stroll.

Although not technically part of The Miracle on South 13th Street, I took a couple other photos on the next block.

Around that time, I took another lunchtime walk with the Yashica and Olympus. After I got home that first outing with those film cameras, I was able to get the Yashica to unjam. I was able to finish the roll in our neighborhood.

After that roll was done, I took a couple more with the Olympus.

I finished the roll of Portra in the Olympus one Saturday afternoon. I took a variety of photos but focused mainly on Christmas decorations. I switched to my Tokina 28mm f/2.8 lens.

Last year, I felt like I didn’t do enough ahead of the holiday to get into the Christmas spirit. Getting out for these walks helped me avoid the same feeling this year.

2 Responses

  1. Lisa Clarke

    Very festive! I have hardly taken any photos lately, but I did attempt to rectify that last night. Unfortunately my Minolta XG-M has a finicky battery that doesn’t like the cold, so I only managed two shots in town. I will have to make up for the with artsy shots of my own tree, inside where it’s warm, I guess 😁

    Merry Christmas!

    • Tom

      A belated thanks! I felt like I hadn’t taken enough Christmas photos last year and wanted to make sure I did so this year. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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