This past Saturday, more than 20,000 people took part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. In cities and towns all over the world, photographers of all skill levels came out for a two hour period to get out and shoot. It was free to participate although “photo walkers” could optionally donate to this year’s highlighted charity – the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. Afterwards, the photo walkers were invited to submit their best photo taken during the walk for entry into the event’s contest.
I participated in one of the Chicago photo walks and enjoyed a fun morning of photography. This was my first time on a Photo Walk. I met several nice folks, got to chat about photography and pick up some helpful tips from our walk’s leader – Ralph Velasco. (By the way, he authored this FREE app in the iTunes store called My Shot Lists for Travel which gives you photography tips for specific travel locales.) It’s a rare occasion for me to shoot photos just for the sake of photography and improving my skills. Typically, I’m chasing Photo Book Toddler and taking quick snapshots rather than concentrating on composition and technique, so this was a welcome morning off for me.
We also lucked out in having beautiful weather with blue skies. There was just enough of a chill in the air to remind you it’s Fall. The city was also quite abuzz with the 45,000 runners that had descended into town for Sunday’s Chicago Marathon.
Below are some of my favorite shots from the Photo Walk. I don’t think I’ll actually submit anything to the contest – I caught a glimpse of some fellow walkers’ shots and I’m a bit intimidated! Next year, I’ll be sure to let you all know when the next Photo Walk is announced! I encourage all of you to check it out!