By Roger (10 Oct 2013)
The sun was bright and the weather warm for the 6th
Annual Kelby Worldwide Photowalk on 5 October. Our third
Colonial Williamsburg walk was well-attended, with about 24 registered walkers
and a bunch of family members and friends along for the fun. We had walkers from as far away as New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
We had the usual mix of skill levels and camera types, from absolute beginners to advanced, point-and-shoots to top to the line cameras and lenses. All of them out for a fun day of photography talk and camaraderie. I always enjoy these walks, and I think we should organize them more often for 2014. Any suggestions are welcome.
Our course was an easy walk of about two miles in two hours. We left the Visitor's Center and walked to the Governor's Palace. I think everyone took a photo or two of the colonial at the entrance to the palace gardens. Up the palace green; down Nicholson street, to the colonial militia encampment; to the Capitol; and down Duke of Glouster Street, DoG Street to the locals. Duke of Glouster Street has the most attractions and reconstructions of Colonial Williamsburg, so that part of the walk usually takes as long as the previous two-thirds of the walk.
As walk leaders, we can't just ignore the participants and go into our own little photographer bubble world, so Mark and I just caught a scene here and there. This year, I set out with the goal to shoot with purpose, not volume, especially topics other than people (my usual favorite). Of course, I shot plenty of people photos, too.
Along the way, we did what photowalkers do: we took lots and lots of photographs. You can see the pool of Worldwide Photowalk photos on Flickr (link). You'll see what photographers are displaying from the more than 1,200 photowalks in cities around the world. Walkers with a Flickr account can join the group and add their photos to the stream.
We ended the photowalk at the DOG Street Pub (link), again, for some good food and photographer chit-chat. The folks at the Pub made room for us, again, even though there was a big arts and crafts event in the surrounding streets. We appreciate their fine hospitality and highly recommend them when you visit Williamsburg.
The end of the year is quickly approaching, so make yourself a New Year's resolution to join or lead a photowalk in your area. It is a cheap, fun way to practice your photography and meet new people who share your passion.
+++ REMINDER: If you were a registered walker and want to be part of the photo contest, don't forget you have to submit your favorite photograph to the official Worldwide Photowalk (link) by 12:00 EDT on 14 October. We cannot enter a photograph for you.