Going back to Philadelphia was an adventure to see some old friends but also photograph the city with a new eye and my drone. Attending school there and then transferring was not something I expected but something that was needed for my photography career. Being back in this city brought new light to me starting to like Philly more, but not as comforting as my network back  in Pittsburgh. Below are some of the images I captured while here! Hope you enjoy!

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Philadelphia Zoo

The zoo is a beautiful place to see animals you can't otherwise go see yourself in their designated countries and ecosystems. The confinements of the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo bring different opportunities for different views and perspectives. 

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Midnight Lion Dance

Chinese New Year holds a huge celebration of family, friends, lions, and firecrackers. On Friday January 27th at 11:30pm to Saturday 1am there was a Midnight Lion Dance in China Town, Philadelphia to celebrate the Year of the Rooster... I arrived to China Town at 9:30 to figure follow the route and just enjoy China Town. It was awesome to experience a time of celebration in China Town for the New Year. The Lions and Firecrackers were very appealing too; the lion dancers seemed to be having fun and working hard, and the firecrackers excited the people watching. A few things to take away from this New Year celebration would be I'm very glad I brought ear plugs, firecrackers shoot out, and I need to get something to possibly breathe in smoke easier. 

Smiling at family while holding a lit firecracker. 

Running along with the lions. 

Lion dancer makes their way through the streets of China Town. 

Firecrackers strung from 3 stories up. 

Firecrackers igniting in front of the Lion Dancers.

Lion Dancers dancing in front with Center City in the background. 

Lion Dancers through a phone. 

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My First Protest...

My first protest I have ever covered or been to was last night in Philadelphia. The protestors were speaking out against President-Elect Donald Trump. My interest in photojournalism and travel photography brought me to this protest to cover and capture the moments that happened. The protest began on November 9th, 2016 at 7pm EST and ended approximately around 11pm. 

Protestor asks for answers shortly after being pushed down by bike barricade before the Vine St Expressway. 

Mexican flag being held up by protesters on way back to Center City Philadelphia. 

Protestors march through the streets with locked arms. 

"Not My President", A phrase that was sang throughout the night around the diverse streets.

The rally of people standing in a straight line listening to a protestor speak. 

Fists raised high while chanting against President-Elect Donald Trump.

A sign ("We Are Not Trump's America") amidst all the people protesting. 

Celebrating the protest heading back to Center City, Philadelphia.

Protestors uproar in agreement with speaker in front of them. 

Photographs were taken by Nick Koehler Photography. Nikon D750 : 24-70 f2.8 : Off Camera Flash.