This past Saturday I took part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide PhotoWalk. I talked about the photowalk last week (here) and now I wanted to give you a summary of what the photowalk was like.
Our walk started at 9AM. There were about 20 of us that took part in the walk. The walk was led by John Mason, a local photographer who spends a lot of time in the city, and was about 1.5 miles in length. I haven't done very much photography in urban environments so I was looking forward to getting whatever interesting shots I could of the various buildings and people along the route. I was also intent on finding "patterns or repetition" so I could submit a photo for our photography club's October competition.
We started and finished in front of the world famous Varsity restaurant, whose slogan is "What'll ya have!":
From there we headed out into the city to see what we could see. We started by going East on North Avenue where we came across this nifty building:
We then headed up West Peachtree Street NW and came across a cool older church that had some very nice stained glass. I didn't bring my tripod so I did the best I could:
We then headed up to Peachtree Street NE (you may notice that A LOT of streets in Atlanta have Peachtree in them) to see the Fox Theater, one of the classic theaters in the entire country. The Fox has some neat architecture and I tried to capture it as best I could but others in the group did a better job than me:
After the Fox, we headed over to part of the Georgia Tech campus where there's a cool building that houses a big Barnes & Noble. Here's a shot of the glass front of the Barnes & Noble building:
We then headed to the top of a parking deck to see what we could see and then started back towards the varsity. Along the way I came across an old building with some neat brickwork on it. John pointed it out to me and suggested I try a closeup shot to give a different perspective on it. Here's the result after I rotated it 90 degrees. To me it looks like a cityscape in miniature:
John took us to an alley near the Varsity with some neat graffiti on the wall:
And then we finished up the walk with a stop on the North Avenue bridge to take some photos of the city skyline through a hole in the chain-link fence (that was made by some photographer). This is one of the classic places to shoot the Atlanta Skyline:
We were hungry after the walk so we stopped in the Varsity, got some lunch and talked about photography. Here's what I had:
I really enjoyed the photowalk. It was a fun, and educational, morning. Being new to photography, I find it helpful to watch other, more experienced photographers. Photowalks give me that opportunity.
Here's a photo of me trying to take a decent photo. It was captured by another member of the photowalk:
Here's the Google map with the location of the photos, and the track from my Garmin GPS that includes all my wandering around. I'm still trying to figure out how to get images to show up on Google Maps. If anyone knows, please leave a comment.
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