Tarpon Springs Photowalk

photography, Uncategorized, World Wide Photowalk

String of Sponges on a boat in Tarpon Springs, copyright 2010 Kathy M. Winter for Kathy Captures Life

String of Sponges

Canon 30D, f8, 47mm,  ISO 200

On July 24, 2010, more than 33,000 photography enthusiasts took to the streets worldwide for the 3rd Annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk. I was fortunate enough to snag one of 50 spots on the Tarpon Springs, Florida, walk hosted by Scott Kelby.

I had never ventured to Tarpon Springs before, so I was really looking forward to shooting in new territory. I was also looking forward to re-connecting with a photographer friend I met at last year’s walk.

The Tarpon Springs community is wonderful with lots of shops and boats and sponges. It’s a very colorful community…literally. Mostly blue. Photographers will also want to check out the daily sponge diving tours. I ran out of time that day, but plan to go again.

But, as shown below, I managed to find something a little different. I photographed a mannequin during last year’s walk in Ybor City, too.

Copyright 2010 Kathy M. Winter for Kathy Captures Life

Open for Business

Canon 30D, f5.6, 1/125 sec, 105mm, ISO 200

Overall, I think it was a pretty good day. What could be better than trekking out into new territory with a group of photographers? I also learned a few things:

  • Meter for the sky when you’re taking these types of shots (I lost a few otherwise good photos to a blown out sky)
  • Bring a polarizing filter even when it’s overcast on your way to the shoot
  • Take several exposures (I lost a really great portrait b/c I was feeling rushed)
  • Don’t be shy in asking permission to take a photo.

We ended the day at Hella’s Greek Restaurant. Fabulous food and the staff was wonderful…I assume someone warned them at 50 photographers would be descending upon them around noon on a Saturday.

If you’d like to see the rest of the group’s photos, visit the Flickr page. There is also a page dedicated to all of the photowalks that day. Finally, you can see our group photo and Kelby’s take on the day on his blog. Be sure to check out the photo of us photographing a 10 ft Burmese python (that’s me in the dark shirt and khaki pants in front of the snake).

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