This is our last Williamsburg blog. We'll go back to our regular stuff, next week. Tonight, I wanted to give a quick review of the our portion of the 2011 Worldwide Photowalk. We had several registered walkers withdraw, leaving only a handful of us to take the walk. A disappointing turnout, but it was great for getting to know everyone. Before we even started walking, there was a drawing for the highly-prized, official Worldwide Photowalk sweatshirt. Mark is wearing his in our group shot.
Even in our small group, we had the a good mix of characters. We had one professional photographer. There was the normal mix of Canons and Nikons and ribbing on both sides. As usual, there was someone trying a different path - a pinhole camera setup. Cool. Strangely, only two of our walkers were from nearby. Most of us were from northern Virginia, and one came from Pennsylvania. This is one of my favorite parts of photowalks - you always have a big variety in skill levels, photographic agendas, and equipment. Everyone is there to have fun with photography.
We left the visitor's center and barely got started, and the crowd was drawn to a big cow. How many photographers does it take to take a cow's portrait?
Yeah, I know it isn't a cow, but, I am a people photographer. I started after a young maiden in the field, but she was in a big hurry. She said something about needing to get to her grandmother's house.
As soon as we turned the first corner, people began stopping and spreading out. Not unusual. A photowalk leader lays out a course, but people wander off to follow their own interests. A photowalk has very few rules; creatives don't like rules. We had discussed the general route before we started - two miles, in two hours - but no one is restricted to any boundaries.
I split off from the group for a while and went after some of the actors in the reconstructed stores and shops where the craftsmen demonstrate how things were made back in the 1700s. These folks are always in character, telling the history of their little piece of Williamsburg. I really like the cabinetmaker's shop. The items they make with period-correct tools show top-notch craftsmanship. The cabinetmaker/actor was waiting in the front room to explain all aspects of his world.
I went out to Duke of Gloucester Street to catch up with the group and ran across a painter with watercolors, capturing his view. I've always wanted to paint, but he spent all day capturing his one image. I'll keep the camera.
We walked along the street, taking in all the sights. We had a nice, leisurely walk. The weather was cool and cloudy, with a couple minutes of drizzle. We stopped into the general store, but there were no Cokes in the 1700s, so I was out of luck. The proprietor tried to sell me some of his colonial candy. I was more interested in a portrait of him with his wares.
Colonial Williamsburg, as we've told you before, is loaded with photo opportunities. If you get the chance to stop by, make sure you have your camera with you. Several of us stopped into a nice restaurant at the end of the walk. We did some chimping and solved many of the world's problems while we dined on some fine modern food. You should plan to come with us next year. It's always a fun time.