“The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present.” -Charles Baudelaire
Saturday the 18th was the second annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk. This is the first time I participated, and not because I expected to win any prizes (though some are pretty sick, and that would be awesome), but because I wanted to talk with other local photographers and I always like an excuse to get out and shoot. The boundary for our Albany contingent was the entirety of Washington Park, which didn’t necessarily inspire me and had a huge impact on my output. How many times have I shot the park before? How many more photos of flowers or the lake do I need? I was also resigned to the expectation that someone would take a photo of the lake bridge, with the reflection in the water, HDR the shit out of it, and that would win for our group (I was close, nobody HDRed the lake but there were a few photos of the Moses statue).
Yeah, in short, I didn’t really care about the actual photography too much.
I made my personal assignment to shoot people. I threw the 70-300mm on, headed straight to the dog park first, and paparrazi’d my way through our two hour window. And that was actually surprisingly fun. I shot very conservatively, and had somewhere around a 20-25% return rate, which is pretty good considering how many shots of running dogs I took. Next I’ll have to actually approach and talk to people when I take their pictures. Yeah right.
The two photos I submitted for the contest are above, though I still don’t expect them to go anywhere. In all honesty, this guy Bob should get the winning photo; not only were both his submissions great, but he deserves it, he’s been around and shooting for years, has had assignments on other continents, the whole bit. He knows his stuff, it shows, and there’s a lot people like me can learn from him. So that’s who I’m pulling for. A few more of my favorites from the day below.