Another couple of blocks east, at Congress Avenue and 2nd Street, I came upon my architectural favorite. Located at the entrance to a Food Hall, Ellis Bar makes a dramatic welcoming statement. During the height of the pandemic a year and a half ago. I made a picture of the interior. With a closed bar with no patrons. It was easy to shoot up close.
Testing the Fuji GFX 50S II unencumbered with a tripod, I moved quickly and took two pictures. I’ve mentioned how nice it is not to use a tripod. It’s not only because of laziness. Some places just don’t allow them. Sometime during the haze of 2020, I was accosted by an overzealous rent-a-cop for taking a picture here.
A colorful garden adjoining this space attracted my attention. It was the height of lockdown, and I visited quietly for some phototherapy — in the middle of the day, with no one in sight. A security guard insisted that I couldn’t take a picture using my GFX 50R attached to a tripod. If I were shooting with a smartphone. I surely wouldn’t have been hassled.
I didn’t argue since this was a private space, though amid a public downtown. I just moved on. It took less than 30 seconds to make today’s two pictures. Without a tripod, I attract less attention and get my shots quicker. It decreases the run-ins with petty rule enforcement.
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