This being my first blog, I’m going to start by telling you what this blog will mostly connect with. Mostly with a couple of my biggest interests/hobbies. Doesn’t everyone do that?
Currently, my hobbies include Geocaching and Photography.
A photowalk is meant to be a social gathering of people that have a common interest. That would be a passion for photography.
People from all walks of life get together and have fun taking pictures. Some people get a little help with some techniques, talk tech and just all around other stuff. It’s meant to be fun.
We first started off on the front steps of Parliament hill, walked around the Parliament buildings, through Major’s Hill Park, through the Byward Market and ended up at the Exchange Pub and Restaurant to compare and comment over photos.
Some of the local Geocachers from Canada’s Capital Cachers, with a passion for photography, also joined in as well. RossMTBiker, GeoNarcissa, GarminGal, Tanglebones and I had a great time out today. Ross showed off his new 100-400 lens for his sacrilegious camera, <cough> Canon <cough><cough>. jk
I drooled over someone else’s 70-200 f2.8 VRII Nikkor lens. What I wouldn’t do to get one of these.
When I got to Parliament Hill, I totally forgot that I left my handheld GPS on the coffee table at home. I wasn’t going to be Geocaching, but I wanted to grab a track file of the route we took, so I could GeoTag the photos that I took.
GeoTagging is a process of placing a location (Latitude and Longitude coordinates) into the EXIF metadata of a digital photo. I’ll explain in a post about this in the future.
Back to the Photowalk. There’s something to be said about going out with a group of people and take pictures. You get to see the whole world differently through another photographer’s eyes (or lens). I got some great ideas for some future shots, made some new friends, traded e-mails and phone numbers.
Scott Kelby is well known author and photographer. He does photography training at kelbytraining.com and does a number of webisodes pertaining to photography and photoshop. My favourite to watch is DTown, which gives tips and tricks on all things to do with Digital Photography. Yes, he’s primarily a Nikon camera shooter, but the show is geared to Nikon and Canon, if you own something like a Sony Alpha, the same principles apply, but you’ll have to find out how to get through your camera menu to get the same result.
Once a year he organizes, online, a Worldwide Photowalk, in which local veteran Photographers lead a group of 50 photographers on a walk around the city and do what photographers love to do. Take pictures!
I, originally thought about leading a walk, but the requirements needed a seasoned photographer or previous experience. This is where I contacted fellow Geocacher and Photographer, Dale Hogan. He graciously lead last years photowalk and this years as well.
This year, 1,111 photowalks with 33,483 photowalkers were registered worldwide.