Skin city: 9th Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride circles Rittenhouse Square

Their web site says the “PNBR” is about: “Riding together to promote fuel conscious consumption, positive body image, and cycling advocacy.”

But the group also invites everyone to “Ride with us and bring your own message!”

I think this was my fifth time photographing the event.

I took this year’s pictures as the ride passed Rittenhouse Square.

I try to capture the weirdness without delivering too much information.

Read their FAQ for more info.

March illuminates opioid crisis

Hundreds participated in the March in Black along Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia to bring awareness to the crisis of opioid addiction in the city Thursday evening, also in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day. More than 900 overdose deaths were recorded in the city during 2016 and this year’s total is expected to be hundreds higher.

See you later, alligators, 2006

Philadelphia Police officers remove one of several alligators they were surprised to find when SWAT teams raided a home on a drug warrant in 2006.

I spent more nearly 30 years covering breaking news in American cities and this was my only alligator call.

Metadata info shows that I captured this image with a Nikon D2Hs camera, a 1/90th shutter speed and f 2.8 aperture, but focal length and ISO data is missing.

Stealth Fighter revealed, 1991

An F-117 stealth fighter glides past the crowd during an airshow at Hanscom Field near Boston in the summer of 1991.

The aircraft had been shrouded in secrecy for many years but came into prominence during the Gulf War, just months before I got this peek.

I’m guessing that I would have captured this picture with a Nikon FM-2 film camera and a 500mm f8 mirror lens, which was the only long telephoto I could afford at the time.

I probably pushed the film to meet the the need for a reasonably high shutter speed with this slow lens, thus accounting for the grainy image quality.

And I probably scanned this image years later from a print that may have been discolored over time due to reckless processing, for which I could also be responsible. I was never interested in spending too much time in the darkroom.