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.