The Worldwide Photo Walk, sponsored by Canon, is in its sixth year. On October 5th, 1238 photo walks were held around the world, with over 28,000 participants. The concept behind the Walk is for photographers to rendezvous, snap some shots, and then retire to a watering hole to discuss the experience and share their photos. The event is a competition as well, with a winner and ten honorable mentions. Just to give you a sense of the caliber of photographer that participates in this event, here's a link to last year's winning pictures: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/2012-best-photos/
It is a wholly different experience to go out into the world with the intention of taking interesting pictures than to stumble upon a scene that cries out, "Take a picture of me!" (My friend Maggie aptly referred to the latter as being an "accidental photographer.") I felt slightly ridiculous pulling out my point and shoot while many of the other photographers had not only cameras with all kinds of expensive lenses but tripods (which somehow ratcheted things up a notch). I was clearly out of my league and glad that this was not an occasion when my competitive instincts had kicked in.
|Lucy and Ethel - shot by Intergalactic Photography|
None of my shots are worthy of submitting to the Flickr website that Spencer put together for our group, much less to the actual competition. If you're interested in seeing what people have posted on the Flickr site, go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/2013-worldwide-photowalk-boca-grande-florida/ I think you'll be impressed.
While the outing confirmed that I haven't missed my calling as a photographer, I am already looking forward to next year's walk. We'd love to have you join us. If you're not in the area, check out the Worldwide Photo Walk website and find a walk that works for you. It's free, fun, and a great opportunity to look at things around you with a slightly different perspective.