Weekend Photo Walk in Downtown Fort Wayne

Weekend of 06.05.2020


I will do this entry a little different and post a pic of my favorite from the day of shooting and add the rest in a gallery below it, then move on to the next day.


06.05

Went out for about 2 hours Saturday evening. I didn’t have a plan, and I really prefer shooting in the morning but I went out a couple hours before sunset and headed into downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana for this photography walk. When I don’t have a plan, I just wander around aimlessly, and it showed when I got home and saw I had walked 5 miles. I also don’t necessarily going out looking for those incredible shots, sometimes I just like to shoot how the light lands on different things. It keeps me shooting that way at least.

06.06

Shot towards sunset on Friday, got up for sunrise on Saturday. Again, no plan other than hoping for a decent sunrise. And again with no plan, I walked another 4 miles this morning in downtown Fort Wayne. I am happy with what I did set out for, I shoot a lot of sunrises so I’ve been working on trying to show them in a different manner than just your typical landscape sunrise, plus I think the words have some meaning, especially right now. Beyond that, a lot of the same kind of practice I do of shooting lights and shadows.

06.07
Up for another sunrise, and heading back into downtown Fort Wayne to do a little more photography. This time, I brought my shooting pal Blossom, who will be in the slideshow for today’s set and I’m sure you’ll meet her soon on here. She’s attempting to recover from a hurt knee, so I haven’t been able to take her out with me as much as I used to. 

Anyways, on to today’s photo walk. I did have a bit more of a plan beyond wanting to catch sunrise, as a lot of really talented artists gathered downtown over the weekend and were painting the boarded up windows as a result of the protest of George Floyd’s death. You can see my images from day two of the protests by clicking here

On to the reason I went out for the walk in to Fort Wayne this morning. I wanted to check out the great art that people both local and out of town came in to paint. With the help of Art This Way and the Fort Wayne’s Downtown Improvement District they took something unfortunate, in that the peaceful protests were kind of overshadowed by a couple nights of unrest, and turned it into something positive. These photo’s are just snapshots, but I wanted to post the ones I spotted, everyone did a wonderful job. 

All images were shot with a Fujifilm X-T30 and XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 and the Fujinon XF 35mm F2.


Justice for George Floyd Protest from Fort Wayne, Indiana

I think as everyone knows, there are protests going on all over the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man that got murdered by a police officer who decided to casually put a knee in the throat of a man begging for his life, he held him down for 9 minutes and almost 3 of those minutes George Floyd was not responsive. While this was happening, 3 other officers stood around and simply watched. 


We had protests here in Fort Wayne scheduled for Friday and Saturday. I stayed home Friday, but the photographer in me hated myself for not documenting history. I went early Saturday for the protest, masked up and stayed as safe as possible with the crowd there. Thankfully, a long lens and some diligence allowed me to stay away from being in the middle of the huge crowd that gathered.

Things stayed peaceful for the time I was down there for the protest, but turned violent shortly after I left with SWAT deploying tear gas canisters into the crowd after someone allegedly threw a water bottle or rock at an officer. It was a repeat of Friday evening’s protest where it was peaceful for a couple hours and suddenly turned.

Fort Wayne leadership, like the leadership in many other cities are saying that the protesters that started the issues with the police were not citizens of our community, rather they are extremists from out of town that travel to these protests to cause civil/political unrest.

I’m not a writer, so I’m not even going to attempt to put how I feel into words. All I will say is this country needs change on multiple fronts, and systemic racism has to change immediately. I don’t know if these protests will trigger change any more than previous protests for the same thing, but I do hope someone that can do something is forced to listen this time.

I’ll leave the rest of my images below in a slideshow. And, if you’re not already, make sure you’re following me on Instagram @dan_adams_snaps.


Shadows and Highlights a Photography Walk around Fort Wayne

When I go out in the morning, it’s always an attempt to see a decent sunrise, and despite all the sunrise photographs I take, it’s not my favorite thing to shoot. Don’t get me wrong, I do like shooting them…it’s peaceful. But, lately I’ve been more interested in how the morning light creates lights and shadows as it rises.

It can make sharp cuts and interesting shapes, as it shapes around the buildings, but sometimes you have to go hunt for it.

The thing about photography in downtown Fort Wayne is that the central, main part of downtown isn’t all that large of an area so heading down there a few times a week forces you to look for different ways to capture what’s going on, regardless of what you photograph.

On today’s walk, I brought my Fujifilm X-T30 and the Fujinon 35mmF2, which after using since I purchased the camera, is a fantastic lens. It’s sharp, even wide open, AF is fast…makes for a nice, light traveling companion for the X-T30. You can see the rest of my photographs from my walk in downtown Fort Wayne below. And, if you aren’t already, be sure to follow me on Instagram @dan_adams_snaps.