Archives for July 2009

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide PhotoWalk-Portland

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We kicked off the Portland PhotoWalk with a bright, sunny day, no rain in the forecast…not so unusual for most of you but for us here in the Pacific NW with outdoor plans, that’s a good thing. I wanted to arrive early to be there and greet old and new friends alike but, there were a few enthusiastic walkers already there, eager for our upcoming adventure.

Our route took us through Chinatown…I liked the juxtaposition of the Chinese influence tucked in with Old Town and the red lamp posts made great, colorful additions to several photos.

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Next stop along the way was Portland Union Station. Now here’s the kicker…my husband works at Union Station and we’ve been married 15 years…I have always wanted to photograph the inside of the station and it took organizing the Portland PhotoWalk to finally make the opportunity. Now I’m glad I did.

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It was fun to see where everyone had their cameras pointed and to what great lengths they would go to get the shot…I can hardly wait to see their images!
With a camera in hand I began to see something interesting in the normal, everyday rubble that we pass on a daily basis and never look at twice…like the light playing across the pattern of a garbage can…

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We encountered some friendly folks along the way who willingly stopped for a photo or two…Christoph (sorry for the misspelling) was waiting for the train to Vancouver, BC where his dad was getting married. Then he was off to San Diego to meet up with his buddies before heading to the tip of Mexico…what an adventure!

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Our route wound us through the Pearl District filled with old warehouses intermixed with trendy boutiques and ended at OnDeck Sports Bar & Grill where we viewed each others images on the back of our cameras…yes, there was some serious chimping going on in between tipping back a pint and a great lunch. I want to thank everyone who came out and participated in the PhotoWalk. Shoot, Ken (wheelchair front & center in the group shot) even came along in his wheelchair he was so excited to be at the Walk…all 1.5 miles! It was an excellent day with lot’s of photo opportunities and a chance to see old friends and make some new. Thanks also to OnDeck for the great service, friendly atmosphere and killer Quesadillas. And a special thanks to Scott Kelby for coming up with this brainchild, putting it in motion and the huge success is has turned out to be. It’s like a snowball rolling downhill out of control growing and growing until…I can hardly wait to see how big the Worldwide PhotoWalk it is next year. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to see everyone’s images. I know it’s going to be tough selecting the best of Portland. I don’t envy Scott having to pick the best of show for some lucky winner who will win a grand prize of amazing products.

Goin’ PhotoWalk ‘About!

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Scott Kelby’s Worldwide PhotoWalk is about to kick off (heck, it’s probably already happening in some countries)! Talk about an amazing response…the numbers went from 271 last year to a whopping 914 PhotoWalks around the world. That’s over 30,000 people all joining together in their respective cities to walk,,talk, socialize and photograph their city. How cool is that! I guess word is out that PhotoWalk is the place to be! And is it ever! I know that I am very excited to be leading another PhotoWalk this year. Last year we had a wonderful group of people who interacted with each other, sharing photo ideas and even a lens or two. I noticed several people had teamed up to help each other when flash or a diffuser was needed. In fact, there are several folks from last year who meet up to shoot together. After all, it’s so much more fun to share your passion with others. If you haven’t already signed up for a PhotoWalk check your local area to see if there is a PhotoWalk with space available near you. I guarantee that you will have a wonderful time! For those of you who are signed up somewhere in the world, be sure to visit the official PhotoWalk Blog hosted by my good friend and Scott Kelby’s very able assistant Brad Moore as well as the PhotoWalkPro blog hosted by the one and only Jeff Revell of serious PhotoWalk fame. Scott keeps adding new information on his blog too so check it all out and let’s go PhotoWalk ‘About!

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Portland pano from last year’s PhotoWalk

It’s Good To Be Back Home Again…

The words from John Denver’s song ran through my mind as our plane touched down in Portland yesterday at 5:38am. After an amazing month in Alaska I was home once again and it feels good to spend the night in my own bed. As it turns out, we made it home on July 4th in time to hit the Waterfront Blues Festival with good music and fireworks at sundown.

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Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar Digital Media

Some Other Place…Some Other Time

Driving along the Alaskan roads there are all kinds of treasures to be found. Unfortunately, there is not enough time to stop and photograph them all. I love the glimpses of the past such as this wonderful old general store called “Wal Mike”…

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Talking about the past, glaciers are remnants of the ice age. Down a side road we found Byron Glacier with beautiful light on it. I took five frames (handheld) and combined them using Photomatix Pro 3.0 to blend the exposures together.

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Images Captured With Nikon D3X, AF-S 70-300mm, AF-S 24-70mm (glacier) on Lexar Digital Media. Edges created using OnOne PhotoFrame 4.0