A Magical Day in Philadelphia

I woke up on Sunday, March 18th and didn't think I would be driving across the state. However, when my sister jokingly asked me to take her back to school in Philly... I surprised her by saying "Yes."

Lately, I've gotten into such a routine and it is driving me slightly crazy. I crave any and all adventure. Even if it was for a day, I couldn't resist getting out of my city and into a new one. 

While still slightly chilly, I was happy to have a gorgeous day to explore, complete with sun and blue skies. It was also my first chance to try out my new 40mm 2.8 "pancake" lens. I bought it for the sole purpose of taking on trips/serving as motivation to actually use my camera in casual situations, and I was not let down!

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I've been trying to try to step outside of my comfort zone when it comes to photos, specifically portraits, so I decided to try positioning my sister in some direct sunlight. It was a challenge, but one I welcomed. It's still going to require a little more practice, but I don't think these are a bad start! They're also a lot more warm toned than my typical style... 

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We had the best day, walking along South Street and visiting the Magic Gardens. All along the street, you'll see colorful mirrored mosaics covering the walls and alleys. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is an indoor/outdoor space created by artist, Isaiah Zagar. Starting in the 1960's, Zagar began covering the neighborhood with his mosaics in a (successful) attempt to beautify the area. For only $10, you get to support the arts AND experience his incredibly detailed work, taking as many photos as you like along the way. That's exactly what we did. 

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I had almost forgotten how good it feels to just walk around and stop to shoot whenever something catches my eye. This cool art installation on the side of a building was probably my favorite thing I stumbled upon all day! 

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Despite the longest drive I have ever done by myself, AND getting stuck in a terrifying snow storm on the way home, it was definitely worth the trip. Hopefully, I'll get to go back soon!