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World Wide Photo Walk, Austin

by on Jul.25, 2010, under Photography

Yesterday, July 24th 2010, was the day of the third annual World Wide Photo Walk organised by author and photography guru Scott Kelby. Over 33000 photographers in 1100 locations got together in groups of 50 to shoot pictures of parts of their local town or city and generally have three or four hours of camaraderie and photo-geekery.

Austin this year had 3 photo walks to choose from. Fellow HDR aficionado Pete Talke led a walk in the evening around the State Capitol and most of the local HDR types joined him. I was keen to shoot somewhere different, however, so teamed up with the group led by Simi Shonowo which started at 8am and walked south of the lake around the Palmer Events Center, Long Center and Auditorium Shores area. A third walk was also organised for the area of the Oasis Restaurant on Lake Travis.

Each walk ends at a restaurant to give people a chance to socialise and discuss the event. Our ending venue was Threadgill’s on Barton Springs Road – an excellent venue which had no trouble accomodating the 30 or so people who stayed for lunch at the end of the walk.

Once again, the walk was great fun. Our group had locals and also people who had travelled into the area to shoot somewhere different – several from San Antonio and one from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although I enjoyed the walk, again, the experience was valuable more socially than photographically – I had a hard time getting particularly inspired and came away with only 3 or 4 pictures that I’m really happy with. No prizes this year but the event itself is definitely a winner and I would encourage any photographer who has not taken part to sign up when next year’s event is announced.

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