Photo walks group on GRASS!

Here’s a shot of the group I was with Saturday afternoon. Great bunch of folks. I’m honoured to know them.

Just watched Lost in Translation. First time since I saw it in the theatre back in 2003. Still just as moving for me. I’d forgotten that the reason Scarlett Johanssen’s character was in Tokyo was her husband’s a professional photographer sent there on a shoot. That’s two movies back to back that had photography in them. In Friday’s movie, Yes Man, Zooey Deschanel’s character teaches a photography/running class part time in the morning on weekends.

Anyway, all in all it was a good long weekend, although I didn’t get up to much today. I met some friends for breakfast this morning to wish one of them a goodbye because she’s moving her family to Calgary. She lives in Ottawa so it’s still a long distance friendship, just longer now. If I ever decide to visit Calgary again, at least I’ll have a place to stay.

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2 Responses to Photo walks group on GRASS!

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    It must be fun. I have always wondered about photowalk. I go either alone or with 2-3 close photographer friends. Isn’t there a possibility of coming up with almost same or similar shots when you go for a photo walk withg big group? I see that happening very often here in India. Sometimes you can’t distinguish between different photographer’s works. How it works there?

    • Oh it’s almost always a great time. We meet up in the morning at 10:00 AM and walk for about 2.5 hours to our predetermined lunch spot. We spend maybe 1.5 hours there eating and drinking and chatting, then head our for another 3 to 4 hours until we reach our dinner spot. Again, we eat and drink and chat the evening away. It’s almost more of a social event.

      Yes, you’re right that there tends to be many similar shots of the same thing, but that can be quite interesting, actually. You get to review how other people see the same thing. Sometimes you think you’ve got the best shot of something then you see that someone else has shot it from an entirely different perspective that works much better.

      The big issue, for me at least, is trying to shoot something without getting a bunch of photographers in the shot. I usually try to stay near the front of the group and if I see something I’ll run up ahead so I can get a few seconds to shoot it before the group overwhelms the scene. Or I’ll stay at the back and wait until everyone’s tired themselves out and moved on before I shoot the subject of attention.

      But it’s lots of fun anyway and I find I tend to have more courage around photographing strangers when I’m with a group, rather than by myself.

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