By Roger (15 August 2016)
It's time to register for another Worldwide Photowalk. Scott Kelby announced this year's walk on his blog, today. He has been organizing the WWPW for nine years; Mark and I have participated every year and led walks for seven years. This year, we'll meet in Shepherdstown, WV, at 9 a.m., Saturday, 1 October.
These photowalks are always a fun social event. It's an opportunity to visit a new location; practice your techniques; and learn from other people who have the same interests. Besides, we all need to get outside and work on our step counts, right?
Mark and I visited Shepherdstown, this weekend, to map out the route. We'll start and end at the Bavarian Inn (link). They are right along the Potomac River and have an easy parking lot. We arranged to have room for us to have a great post-walk lunch and a place we can talk and chimp. You don't have to buy lunch, but we'd sure like to chat with you after the walk.
Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. It was laid out from land granted to Thomas Shepherd in 1734 and chartered in 1762. The town has played roles in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. There are historic buildings, a street market, unique shops, a public garden, and Shepherd University. All of these attractions are along our easy route, which is less than two miles.
Worldwide Photowalks are a great way to meet other photographers. We usually bring a light camera bag – sometimes as light as one camera, one lens. There is a competition for those interested; it certainly isn't mandatory. If your photo is judged the best of the walk, you'll win a free year of KelbyOne online training. The winning photo will be forwarded to the main photo competition, where the prizes are much bigger, including a new Canon 5D Mark III and lens. Scott will have a full list of the prizes in a future blog, but the grand prize list usually exceeds $10,000 in value.
We recommend you bring lots of enthusiasm, comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, and any camera gear you want to carry. You can use any camera, including old film cameras or your phone. At one of our Williamsburg walks, one of the photographers used a pinhole camera. This year they even have a category for video if that is your bag.