By Roger (14 October 2014)
We had a great group at Harpers Ferry for our part of the Worldwide Photowalk on Saturday. Mark and I met lots of new photographers. So, I thought I'd give you a quick overview for those who are unsure what this photowalk thing is about and didn't sign up this year.
Weather is always a common excuse, and the weather-guessers weren't passing out optimistic forecasts. The rainy weather caused a couple of people to stay home, but the vast majority of our registered walkers showed up. For their effort, they were rewarded when the rain stopped 15 minutes before our scheduled walk. The rain stayed away for the entire walk. (Yay!)
We started out from the Amtrak station. It's a small and quaint, two-track depot. Everyone got to shoot some trains as they came rumbling through. I've been very interested, lately, in trying to get a few good train shots. I don't know where this interest comes from, since I'm a people photographer, but I think I'm going to put this on my 2015 list of projects.
When we took off, we found we were in for another treat. There was a special event in town that brought in a large group of Civil War re-enactors. They became additional subjects for our photowalkers. They had several displays and demonstrations set up along Shenandoah St. and were very obliging to our 30 cameras clicking away.
We had a steep hill to climb, next, but it provided everyone a great view of the historical town, the railroad bridges, and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. I had high hopes that Mother Nature was going to put on a spectacular fall foliage show, but we were still a couple of weeks early for that.
On the hill climb, we came across two churches, one in ruins. St. Peters was open for photographs, and many went inside for stained glass photos. The ruins of St. Johns pulled in nearly every one of our walkers, trying to capture something special. I spent most of my effort on the steeple of St. Peters.
While we were heading up the hill, we stopped by Jefferson Rock. It is supposed to be the very rock where Thomas Jefferson stood in October 1783 and wrote that “this scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean.” I'm not sure how they know this is the exact rock, but the view is awesome.
After a trip through the old cemetery, we headed down the main drag of Washington St. to our walk endpoint, the Potomac Grill. The folks there treated us right and served up some great food. We sat around, chimping each others' photos, eating, and chatting for another hour or so. I'm pretty sure everyone had a good time.
I've set up a Flickr group for the walk, and several photographers have started to populate the gallery. If you're interested, click here.
I ran through the walk to, hopefully, entice you to join one when you get the opportunity or set one up yourself. They are fun events and opportunities to try new things with your photography. They happen all year long and most are free. You need to get out and use your camera.
Our thanks to all who came out.