Today was the 5th annual Worldwide Photo Walk, and the first one I participated in. The Worldwide Photo Walk is a social event where groups of no more than 50 photographers get together in an organized group to shoot photos. Since I love talking architectural photos, when I found out there was a group walking in the historic district of downtown L.A., I quickly signed up for it.
I have to say, it really challenged my creativity. When you are in a large group, all shooting the same thing, you start looking at ways to stand out, to get the shot no one else is getting. Figuring out your strengths, your uniqueness, and zeroing in on that.
I think it worked. I took over 400 photos in our 2.5 hour walk, and processed over 10 percent, which is probably a first for me. I am ridiculously proud of these photos; I hope you enjoy them as well.
This may be my favorite thing I have taken so far, and the one I entered in the WWPW contest this year. It made getting up at 5:30am worthwhile.
I love how this came out. It was too early for the Bradbury Building to be open, so I shot the outside of it, but really wanted to go inside. I peered through the door, and tried to capture what I saw by holding the lens up to the glass. Because it was so dark inside, it came out like a creepy double exposure, with the columns reflected on the sides. Totally an accident, but a happy one.
I got a little bored there at the end. I had shot most of the buildings on Broadway before, and was looking for something interesting to shoot, when I noticed all the pigeons on the ground. I kept my camera on them until they flew off, and just kept shooting, hoping I would get the perfect shot. I did.
If you want to see more of my Worldwide Photo Walk shots, there’s an entire gallery here.