Friday Photo Share For October 7, 2011


I hope everyone is having a good week and looking forward to the weekend as I am.

For this week’s Friday Photo Share I thought I would discuss a couple of photographs from last week’s Atlanta Photowalk that I have submitted as entries in two different contests, one for a photography club and one for the photowalk itself.

Now, I am definitely not an expert photographer but I want to improve my skills and I think one of the ways to do that is to take photographs with a purpose in mind and then get feedback on them. I think if we want to improve as photographers it’s important to get unbiased feedback on our photos. Entering contests or competitions is one way to get feedback.

This first image is the one I submitted to the photography club, The Southeastern Photographic Society. They have a number of get togethers and field trips as well as a monthly meeting. Each month has a theme for photographs that can be entered in a contest. Members can enter a print or digital image in the contest. During the meeting, the photos are displayed and critiqued and then the winners are picked. The theme for October’s meeting (which I’m going to right after I post this) is “patterns and repetition”. With that in mind I was on the hunt for images that could fit that definition. During the photowalk I found a few things that could qualify but I think this image is the best one I had:


 The thing that caught my eye with this image was the alternating shadows on the white metal window frame. I tried to frame the window as best I could to accentuate the shadows. It will be interesting to see what the person judging the photos has to say about this image. I don’t really expect to win because there are some very talented photographers in the club but I’m sure I’ll get some good feedback that I can use to improve my skills.
The next image is one that I submitted to the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk site as representative of the walk that we took that day. I think there is a winner from each photowalk and then those winners are entered in the “really big prize” contest. I took this as we were walking off the parking deck we visited. Everyone was getting into the elevator when I looked up and saw this:
The sunlight highlighting the white border of the roof immediately caught my eye. It was if the border was glowing. Once again, I don’t think this will win a prize but I enjoy the challenge of trying to take photographs that are “good”, which is really an objective thing.
We’ll see what feedback I get on these photos. No matter what happens, I think that just the act of trying to find something specific to shoot has helped me improve as a photographer.
What are your thoughts on submitting photographs to be judged or critiqued? Do you think it has helped your photography or not? Let us know in the comments.
Also, I want to remind all of you that you can submit photos for an upcoming Friday Photo Share. If you do you won’t have to keep looking at my photos all the time :-) Just send the image as a JPEG (no more than 600 pixels wide) to fridayphoto [at] marksphotographyspot [dot] com. You can also send a link to an image that’s on Flickr or some other photo sharing site.
Happy Shooting!



Atlanta Photowalk Followup

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!”:

The Varsity

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:

North Avenue 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:

Stained Glass

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:

The World Famous Fox Theater

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:

Barnes & Noble Building Front

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:

The Brick Jungle

John took us to an alley near the Varsity with some neat graffiti on the wall:

Colorful Graffiti

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:

Atlanta Skyline From North Avenue Bridge

We were hungry after the walk so we stopped in the Varsity, got some lunch and talked about photography. Here’s what I had:

Lunchtime At The Varsity

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:
looking for patterns

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.

View Atlanta Photowalk October 1st 2011 in a larger map

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide PhotoWalk

This coming Saturday, October 1st, I will be attending/participating in my first photowalk. The photowalk is part of Scott Kelby’s Fourth Annual Woldwide PhotoWalk. For those of you who don’t know (and I didn’t until about a month ago), Scott Kelby is a popular photographer, designer and Photoshop guru.

What is a photowalk? you ask. Well, a photowalk is a get together of photographers who walk and take photos. There’s really nothing more to it than that. Usually, the goal is to learn and improve as a photographer, rather than document anything in particular.

This year there are over 1100 photowalks taking place over the two days of the “event”. Close to 25,000 people are participating in these photowalks, which are taking place all over the world. Here in the Atlanta, GA area there are a number of photowalks. I will be participating in this one, which starts at the world famous Varsity and goes through downtown Atlanta. The walk starts at 9AM and finishes at 11:30.  I’m looking forward to this as it should give me a chance to get some good cityscape type photos and hopefully find a few opportunities to shoot things with “repetition” in them. My photography club’s October meeting theme of patterns and repetition, so I need to have a few images that are worthy of submitting for the contest.

I plan on posting a “review” of this photowalk, along with some of the photographs I shot during the walk. The weather looks to be just about perfect, so it should be a fun time.

Are any of you participating in this year’s event. If so, let me know and maybe we can share some of your images here on the blog. If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time! Go to this page to find a walk near you.

Happy Photowalking!