Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Worldwide Photo Walk............

This past Saturday I participated in Scott Kelby's annual "Worldwide Photo Walk". This is the 5th year, but my first time. Each walk has a leader that maps the trail, coordinates everything and is there for help and inspiration.

I signed up for a few reasons. First of all, my top reason was Sean Duggan was leading the walk in Nevada City, a quaint Gold Rush era town tucked away in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada (the location was another top reason.....).

I have been familiar with Sean's work for many years and the book he wrote with Katrin Eismann, "The Creative Digital Darkroom", has become one of the top "go to" resources in my bookcase.

I also felt that something as festive sounding as "Worldwide Photo Walk", would provide the perfect setting to continue my quest to "celebrate photography", and I was not disappointed. In fact, one of the first shots I made that morning suggests "celebration" in all languages. (The fact that these marked the entrance to a parking lot flea market did not dampen my celebratory mood at all.)


©2012 Dianne Poinski


Saint Canice Church was an early stop on our walk and probably one of the reasons we ran late the rest of the morning.


©2012 Dianne Poinski


©2012 Dianne Poinski


The whole morning felt like a scavenger hunt and I loved every step of it.



©2012 Dianne Poinski


©2012 Dianne Poinski


The only disappointment was the lack of fall colors in Nevada City. In a few weeks the town will probably be ablaze with color, but I did my best to seek out what I could.



©2012 Dianne Poinski



©2012 Dianne Poinski


One of the last stops was the old city cemetery. 



©2012 Dianne Poinski

Even though I had my Nikon slung around my neck, most of my images (including all of these) were made with my iPhone. I think a few months ago I would have felt self conscious about that (many people were even using tripods!), but I found myself not worrying about what other people might be thinking of me. (I do believe this shows tremendous personal growth.) I did laugh to myself however when someone thought at first my phone was a light meter..........


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