Scott Kelby’s Worldwide PhotoWalk…Walk and Roll

Yesterday was the Third Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide PhotoWalk and it was an amazing day! We had a beautiful, sunny, slightly cool morning…that’s right, it was a beautiful day for a PhotoWalk in Portland. In all 42 people showed up (I invited the folks on the waiting list to come as I suspected someone would not be able to make it at the last minute)…

plus myself and my good friend Sharon O’Keefe (who is launching the Pacific Northwest Center for Photography in September) who I asked to co-lead the walk with me. We hardly got past the entrance before we were finding photo opps… (Sorry, Sharon. I couldn’t resist and it’s such a fun shot that shows your great sense of humor.)

Not only did she jump at the chance to do the PhotoWalk with me, it was her idea to go to Oaks Park Amusement Park for our Walk…Brilliant! What better way to have a fun PhotoWalk than at an amusement park. We not only visited the Park, Sharon got us clearance to come in early and join the maintenance men as they went about their morning duties checking each ride before the park opens. What a great group of guys. They graciously stopped to tell us the history of the park and run a ride for just a few more minutes to make sure everyone got a shot. I came with HDR, fun, funky, whimsical in mind and not only did I have a blast making the images in the camera, I had just as much fun letting it all hang out and processing them in any fun, zany way I could think of…

I pulled out all stops and if I could think it up, I tried it out. I used NIK Dfine 2.0, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Viveza 2.0 and Silver Efex Pro. I didn’t stop there…I also used OnOne FocalPoint 2.0, PhotoTools 2.5 and PhotoFrame 4.5…

What you see are the results of our morning PhotoWalk. I fell in love with the Herschell-Spillman Carousel and worked it for quite some time…

I think I can safely say that everyone who came got into the mood of the morning and “played” with their inner child, camera in hand. It was a great way for everyone to spread our wings, try new techniques and approaches to both photography and the digital darkroom. The morning and the ensuing digital darkroom session invigorated me and when I sat back down to “work” I felt totally creative and refreshed.

I want to thank everyone who came filled with enthusiasm and eagerness to have a wonderful time (especially those who have joined me in the last couple of PhotoWalks) and a heartfelt thanks to my friend Sharon for helping to make it such a fun filled PhotoWalk at Oaks Park! I can hardly wait to see what everyone posts.

Images created with Nikon D3S, AF 16mm Fisheye, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar Digital Media