So what was your first 2024 image? (Open Thread)

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My wife and I like to spend NYE in down FT Worth. They have fireworks at midnight and bands during the evening. We stay at hotel where we can watch the f from our room, which in some years can be really advantageous when the weather is bad. In the mornings I walk a block over to get her a Starbucks Mocha. I take this little alley which is quite nice, sort of a hidden gem. This morning was cold and grey but, I had to take a few images.

As a side note, when I reached Starbucks there was a homeless gentleman opening the door and greeting folks as they approached. He saw me take a few pictures before I entered, and on the way out, he asked me if I was a professional photographer. I told him it is just a hobby, something I have done since I was a kid. He said he wanted a new start in 2024 and he had been trying to think of something he could do, so maybe a photographer? We chatted a bit and I explained it was tough to make a living at though it impressed me that he was at least still trying. It sure keeps you humble to speak with folks who have a rough life and still have a good attitude and smile. He seemed to be a nice guy with a good spirit. I should have asked him if I could take his picture, something for me to work on in 2024.

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(The lens used is the Voigtlander 28/2 Ultron)

Bruce, you and I both shoot a lot in downtown Fort Worth. And I have been in that alley many times. It truly is a hidden gem that most people who visit downtown Fort Worth never see. Great stuff, Bruce.
 
These were my first photos of 2024 when we went for a walk to Aylestone Hill park in Hereford when visiting family on New Year's Day.
The gates are at the entrance and I thought it must have been a former RAF site.
However, I've now discovered that they were removed from an old RAF site and were rotting away elsewhere.
Thankfully they've been restored and simply placed at the entrance to the public park.


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