The Great Baltimore Photowalk 2011
I recently got the chance to participate in a Photowalk. For those of you that aren't familiar with the term, a Photowalk is a group event where you get together with other photographers, be they amateur, pro, iPhoners, Androiders, Point-and-shooters or even just assistants, and you walk around an area and take photos.
Seems simple enough, right? Taking photos is really just the surface of a photowalk, however, and there is a lot more to the event.
Our particular photowalk took place in the Inner Harbor area of the city of Baltimore. We started near Pier V and made our way past the Convention Center, finally ending at Baltimore's baseball field, Camden Yards. We also got very lucky to be in the city during Otakon, which provided us with some excellent "characters" to shoot.
So what was it, about the idea of a photowalk, that makes it so appealing to all walks of photographers?
- For the ametuer photographer, there's a good chance that there will be a pro, or semi-pro in the group that is willing to offer advice and answer questions about all of the different aspects of photography. We were lucky enough to have quite a few photographers who had, at the very least, dabbled in some of the various aspects of professional photography, and those photographers were lucky enough to have people who were willing to listen to them ramble on!
- For the semi-pro and pro photographers, the photowalk can give them a chance to try out equipment that they might not own, or might not get a chance to use very often. Whether it be a macro lens, or a different type of camera body; a different brand or even a different style of camera, the photowalk can provide plenty of opportunity to embrace one's inner-child, and play with some new toys!
Most important of all was the bringing together of like-minded people who shared one common goal: Enjoy the fine art of photography and maybe even learn a little something!
I'm including a brief slideshow of some of the finer shots that I took at the walk at the end of this thread. Feel free to take a look at them there, or at our Flickr Group where many of the other photographers are posting their shots!