So yesterday it was 24th July, and I had volunteered to lead a Photowalk for Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photowalk. Registered numbers were low, but I had been out reminding local clubs the week before, and hoped for a bit more turnout. I think we had about 10 people, including a couple in town on holiday.
The weather all week had been awful, rain and drizzle, but the forecast was to clear in the afternoon. And clear it did! By the time we got started the sky was a brilliant blue which I am sure lifted everyone’s spirits 🙂
Nearly everyone found the start venue, it was a fish and chip shop and I was sitting outside, eating some for lunch with my tripod and camera bag in clear view. Given the low numbers I suggested we all just wander as we pleased and meet back at a cafe at 3pm, and so we did.
My first stop with the camera was right across the street, someone had sat down to eat chips and kindly started feeding some to the seagulls, who madly flocked to be the first to score a chip.
Akaroa shopping district is tiny, and along the waterfront, and despite the numbers I kept meeting up with fellow shooters, and the time seemed to go quite quickly.
The cafe we organised to meet at had a surprise. Apparently Akaroa has a Town Crier who dresses up in uniform. Akaroa has a Maori name but a French history. Its a very pretty harbour town about an hours drive away from the city and very popular with tourists.
Many of the buildings date back to the late 1800s and have been restored and looked after, and many more built in keeping with the style, so the whole place has quite a quaint look.
Back to our Town Crier, he was very happy to dress up in his uniform (that he just happened to have handy for such an occasion as a flock of photographers to walk into the bar he was drinking at!) and quite happy to be posed and moved about to catch the best light.
All in all it was good outing, I certainly learnt useful stuff:
1: If you are planning a photowalk, if it happens to be somewhere you haven’t been in several years, then DO A RECONNISSANCE TRIP!!! Lots of things had changed – mostly availability of parking so not a major but yes big heads up there.
2: My backpack is awkward to wear while shooting, it comes up higher at the back than I realised and gets in the way of my neck.
3: Polarising filter looks cool but I couldn’t see any obvious results in my pictures. Must be doing it wrong 😦
4: Be prepared to shoot at all times – driving home I saw a large flock of geese at a small bay waddling out to sea, got some shots, but if I had had the camera on the front seat, ready to go, would have got better ones.
5: My little car handles hills quite nicely, thankyou very much!
6: There are some really nice people who happen to be photographers, and it was really nice to meet more of them 🙂
Will I do it again next year? Certainly. Though I would pick a route in town with the hope of getting a better turnout. I have one in mind already…….