Thursday, October 18, 2012

BBL 2012-2013 | Participate in a Photo Walk


#10 PARTICIPATE IN A PHOTO WALK

Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

I've been hearing about Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk for the past few years, but I was never able to attend one because of my day job work schedule. My schedule has recently changed, and I am finally free on Saturdays. Who knows how long that will last, so I decided I better jump at the chance to attend the photo walk this year and see what all the hype is about!

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

Absolutely! It was a great experience to get out there and shoot something besides portraits for a change. Plus it was a nice opportunity to meet some other photographers, and see a few that I met during the workshop I attended a few months ago.

The details...

I have to admit that for the majority of the walk, I felt a little lost as to what I should be photographing. I'm used to looking at my surroundings to find things that will be good backgrounds for the subject (i.e. the person or people) I am photographing, not looking for things in my environment to be the main subject of my photos. It definitely was a painful reminder that I need to branch out and spend some time behind my camera shooting things other than people or animals. That being said, I did manage to capture a handful of fun photos:

This first photo was taken at the Civic Space Park, where we started, by the leader of our walk, Trevor Dayley. I'm pretty easy to spot, but if you're just stopping by my blog for the first time and don't know me yet, you can find me in the front row, a little left of center, in the green shirt...


Here is Trevor, explaining about the walk, and our route. As you can see I was busy taking photos and not listening. Good thing I didn't end up getting lost!...


Just a random tall building, but I kinda dig the reflection of the other building in it...


I got a kick out of this one because I managed to create an optical illusion. (Pure dumb luck, I assure you!) Depending on how you look at the sign, the arrow will appear to be pointing either off to the right or back into the photo, sort of toward the building...


I was having fun standing under signs and taking photos up at them, like this. I took several, but this was my favorite...


Our fearless leader...


Newspaper, anyone?


The adorable daughter of one of the other photogs in the group...


Just a random alley along our route...


I love this photo! It is hands down my favorite of all the photos I took during the photo walk. (Is anyone surprised that my favorite image would be a portrait?)


I love old buildings, like this. What I wouldn't give to be able to explore inside!...


This guy riding his bike with his bag around his neck caught the eye of a lot of us. He had several cameras pointed his way as he went riding by...


I totally dig the color of this bike! I took several photos of it while secretly hoping that it's owner didn't come up and shoo me away. Although, I'm guessing with a bike that pretty the rider probably isn't a member of any big bad biker gangs...


Statues in front of a theater downtown...


Trevor, again...


These last two photos were taken at the top of a parking garage as the sun was setting. As you can see, the fair was going on, too...



I had so much fun participating in the walk, and I hope to be able to do it again next year!

Do you want to see my entire 2012-2013 Birthday Bucket List? You can find it here.  Or did you miss my 2011-2012 Birthday Bucket List? You can find it here.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area. Visit Michele's website at michelewhitacrephotography.com. Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.

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