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The day I wrote this blog post about fall foliage, I create a fall photo to-do list. On that list were my usual spots like Great Falls Park, the Tidal Basin, Shenandoah National Park, etc but I also added some places I’ve never been to. Falling Water in Pennsylvania and Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia were top of that list. It’s amazing how it all played out because the universe was definitely listening to me that day and, by the end of the day, I had made plans to visit both of those places I’ve never been to that weekend.

So I’m home after a long weekend full of fall adventuring. I probably got a little ahead of myself because there wasn’t much color change in either of the places I visited, but it was great to do a little photo scouting and I can never really complain when I have a camera in my hand.

This image is actually taken outside the visitor center at the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County, PA. We stopped on our way home from Falling Water and it was definitely an emotional experience. But to document I was actually there, I took this reflective self-portrait that was 100% inspired by Vivian Maier who was an amazing street photographer and she would take these sorts of portraits as well. I thought this image turned out interesting with the lines in the glass but it is also very moody, which was how I felt while I was there.

My camera settings for this image is F6.3 at 1/1000th sec and ISO 320 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.

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While I was in Philadelphia, I spent most of my time at the University of Pennsylvania. I remember visiting the campus a while ago when my cousin was an undergrad there but haven’t been back since. I LOVED the campus. At first I loved how close all the colleges were together (Drexel, Penn, Wharton) but then while I was walking around I feel in love with the community. Everyone is so nice and friendly. I felt like I was home. The campus itself was beautiful and very clean. I also liked how there were plenty of shops and restaurants in the area to keep me entertained.

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Home from Philly and it was a blast! I wish I could of stayed longer but hope to visit again sometime soon.

Luckily, my friend Michele lives in Philly and was able to meet me up for a lunch date. She’s an artist as well and thought that I would love the Urban Outfitters Headquarters. She was right! I’ve never seen such a beautifully decorated office and it’s right in the Navy Yard so the vibe was totally awesome. Couldn’t you just sit in this little magazine reading area forever? I want to lay down and stare at those flowers.

Although I love the flowers, I think the guy’s facial expression is my favorite part of the picture. I didn’t even notice he was looking at me while I was taking the picture. I saw it while I was editing it in Photoshop. HAHA!

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Its pretty cool how laid back Philly is. Kids of all ages are allowed to go wade in the water fountains. I was so surprised when I saw a little kid in here. I thought for sure he was going to get arrested! – Thats how you know you’ve been in DC too long, you think a little kid is going to get arrested.

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Just got back from a weekend trip in Philadelphia! I haven’t been in a while so it was fun seeing all the sites again.
We arrived during the day and had a few plans that kept us busy. But as soon as I turned on the main road and saw this scene I was amazed. I knew I had to come back to this same spot at night for an image with lights everywhere and City Hall as the backdrop.

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