I was out and about in Center City today. I left my camera at home today in favor of traveling lighter so I used my iPhone to snap these 3 photos. The green dog photo was taken with the Camera+ app and the 2 graffiti photos were taken with the regular iPhone camera app.
Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a photo post. The malaise of late summer and all its complications has faded into the beauty of autumn and a frantic need to take as many photos as I can before my next surgery.
Ever since a friend posted a link to a blog with gorgeous, fantastic, stunning blue hour photos I’ve been obsessed with getting some of my own. The Photos that follow include my attempts at blue hour photography, a blurry yet pleasing to look at photo and 1 nighttime shot of Boathouse Row in Philadelphia. This week’s photos were taken in both south Jersey and Philadelphia with a Canon Digital Rebel XT.
This is my first photo from the first morning I decided to try my hand at morning blue hour shots. It’s the earliest shot of the bunch. I love the blackness of the porch silhouetted against the blue of the morning sky and the red of the coming dawn. Not bad for a first attempt, no?
Even though the sky is more purple than it is blue in this shot I like it.
The same day that I was up early trying my hand at blue hour photos for the first time I also spent some time later in the afternoon outside taking photos. I took this one in my backyard facing west during what I now suspect must have been the golden hour. I guess I still had the camera on manual focus and forgot to you know actually focus the lens. *shakes head* I’m a mess. I suppose I should be grateful for my messiness because out of it came this happy accident. It’s blurry, yet oddly pleasing to look at. Go figure. I couldn’t have done this on purpose had I tried.
It rained the night of the full moon so I had to settle for this 99% full shot from the night after. I guess I lucked up having to take a moon photo the next night because it gave me the opportunity to take a photo of the moon on this most auspicious date, which by the way is dad’s birthday.
This next attempt at blue hour photography was shot using a tripod with my white balance set to tungsten so of course the sky is quite blue. (see next photo for more natural color)
This is the same shot but taken with the white balance set to cloudy, which gives a more accurate color of the morning sky.
As I said earlier, dad’s birthday was Friday so my beloved hubby drove us over to the city to see dear old dad and take him to lunch. After a late lunch he kindly drove me to the South Street bridge so I could take photos of the Philadelphia skyline during the blue hour. This first photo is the view looking south from the South Street bridge. I love the colors and the black silhouette of the factory. This too was shot with the white balance set to tungsten.
I am absolutely in love with this shot. I can’t believe it’s one of my photos. This too was shot with the white balance set to tungsten.
I like this one too. It’s a nice shot of the city with the Schuylkill Expressway and Schuylkill River. No, that’s not a comet or shooting star in the sky. My best guess is a reflection of a light or sensor dust (mine is in bad need of a cleaning). This photo was shot with the automatic white balance setting.
This! This is by far my favorite shot of the night. I’m going to frame this for myself and give another copy to my dad because he loves the Philadelphia skyline. This too was shot with automatic white balance.
And finally we visited Boathouse Row before returning home to feed the kitties. I’m really happy with this shot. Truly it is the only one that turned out from last night. The rest are a blurry mess. I think the get a really fantastic shot of Boathouse Row you’ll need a wide angle lens, which I do not have. We also were parked in a no parking zone by the side of the busy West River Drive. All photos were taken with one eye on the camera and one eye on the road praying there’d be no visits from Philadelphia Police Officers with ticket books in hand. *laughs* I mistakenly left the white balance set to tungsten so this too was shot with the white balance set to tungsten.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your tour of South Jersey and Philadelphia during the blue hour and beyond. Thanks for stopping by.
~ Carol Anne
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After much planning and one freak October snowstorm we finally made it to our Ghost Hunt tour with the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia people. I was really looking forward to this ghost hunt and was brokenhearted when the weather turned cold, snowy and windy for Saturday. I’m due for surgery soon and the last thing I wanted to do was chance getting sick. When they did not cancel Saturday’s tour I thought we’d end up losing our money but the good folks at Ghost Tour of Philadelphia let us exchange our Saturday tickets for Sunday.
Sunday dawned bright and beautiful albeit a lil chilly but bright and beautiful just the same so off we went to hunt Philly’s oldest ghosts. One of the reasons that I love Philadelphia so much and in particular Old City Philadelphia is because you can feel the souls of the people who came before you walking with you on those cobblestone streets. We met the tour and my brother and sister-in-law in the Signer’s Garden at 5th and Chestnut Street and made our way through the streets of Old City Philadelphia led by our tour guide, Loretta.
We stopped at locations such as Library Hall and the Bishop White House. Ben Franklin’s ghost has been spotted at Library Hall. Well actually Ben’s been sighted lots of places. This is just one of the locations Ben’s ghost has been known to appear. Loretta told us about yellow fever while we stood outside of the Bishop White House. Two more locations included Washington Square Park and The Powell House, where we were actually able to go inside and listen as Loretta told us stories of Benedict Arnold, Major Andre and Peggy Shippen. It was at these two locations where my camera captured something. I believe in ghosts and I’ll share my ghost story with you tomorrow, but I’m not knowledgeable about ghost sightings and orbs and all things paranormal. So I present to you the next four photos and ask for your opinion.
Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington Square Park, Philadelphia
Washington Square Park is one of the five public parks included in William Penn’s blueprint for Philadelphia. It became a potter’s field and is the last resting place of unknown Revolutionary War soldiers, poor people, and victims of Yellow Fever. There now stands a monument to all the unknown soldiers who died and are buried there. It reads, Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness. The square once again serves as a public park and was one of our stops on Sunday night’s Ghost Hunt. We were given 5 minutes to walk through the park and use our EMF meters to scan for ghosts. Our meter did not light up while we were there but when I got home and downloaded my photos onto the laptop I found these two. I don’t know much about orbs or ghosts so I’m not sure if what you’re looking at is sensor dust or orbs. I believe in ghosts so I’m inclined to believe they’re orbs. What do you think? If you actually have some knowledge or ghosts and paranormal I’d love to hear your opinion. Leave me a comment and I’ll e-mail you if you don’t want to go in to detail in the comments.
Staircase at The Powell House, Philadelphia
The tour guide told us that the staircase and doorways were hubs of activity in this particular house so I waited for everyone to make their way back downstairs when the tour was finished. As everyone else listened to the tour’s conclusion in the foyer I turned around and took a few photos of the staircase. I was amazed when I got home and downloaded both of these photos. I’ve never seen anything like this before. One of the people I showed these two photos to said the orb appeared to be vibrating.
The ghosts of the Marquis de Lafayette and Peggy Shippen (wife of Benedict Arnold) and those of Continental soldiers have been said to have been spotted here. I don’t know much about orbs or ghosts so I’m not sure if what you’re looking at is sensor dust or orbs. I believe in ghosts so I’m inclined to believe they’re orbs. What do you think? If you actually have some knowledge or ghosts and paranormal I’d love to hear your opinion. Leave me a comment and I’ll e-mail you if you don’t want to go in to detail in the comments. I’m particularly interested in what people think of the staircase orbs.