On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to go out with a local group of photographers for Kelby’s annual Worldwide Photo Walk here in Corvallis, Oregon.
A huge thank you to Kat Sloma for leading this year’s event!
The weather in Corvallis was expected to get near 70 mid day but I was glad to see some early morning fog downtown near the river. And by late morning it had all but burned off.
Just to be honest, I typically find it difficult to shoot in downtown Corvallis. It’s probably because I’ve been here near 20 years and I’ve walked the streets many times with a camera (the downtown really isn’t all that big). And just about every time I pull out a camera down there those “been there, done that” storm clouds start raining on me again.
That said, below are a few more from the morning in no particular order.
Earlier in the morning, I clung to the fog. Later in the morning, it was the light shining down the east-west streets that caught my attention.
When it comes to photo walks – there’s always discussion on gear. This year I kept it light. Really light. OK – maybe not as light as the mobile-photography folks. But much, much lighter than I’ve been in years past. This year I had just the X100s – and in a jacket pocket I had two extra batters, one extra memory card, a lens cleaning cloth, and one little dinosaur that came in a Photojojo package – just in case it got boring out there (figured I could capture him in various Corvallis locations).
I think I read somewhere that the Jefferson, Oregon Frog Jumping contest (part of the Jefferson Mint Festival) is the second largest such event this side of the Mississippi. It’s entirely possible. I didn’t get an official participant count – but I have no reason to believe that there were less than 100 folks ready to coach their frog to victory. And if you didn’t have a frog with you – they were kind enough to rent frogs. So – for $5 – you could both enter the contest and borrow an amphibian, too.
So – without delay, I’ll just hop straight to a few photos from the afternoon.
(And just in case you’re curious about these sorts of things – photos 1, 3 and 4 were partly processed using the VSCO film emulation package. I just picked it up – and have probably been using it way too much. Hopefully I’ll have a better review of it a bit later.)
When I saw these two buildings over the weekend – I was hoping there was an image in it somewhere. Only had the X100s with me. I’m really starting to like that camera.
Night markets are popular in Taiwan. They’re bustling with people and food and activity. This one is from the Liouhe Night Market in Kaohsiung and was shot with the X100s (remarkable in low light).
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This is the Lover’s Bridge in Danshui – just outside of Taipei. It’s a Taiwan landmark and I was just looking for a bit of a different angle on it.
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Jiufen is a great little town not too far from Taipei. Fortunately while we were there we had a rainstorm (I’m not sure everyone was glad to see the rain – but rain can often make for some good photos :) ).
As it turns out, this image was shot with the X100s – a great camera for this trip.
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At the end of the year – I like this process of digging through the year’s photo shoebox and culling it to a few that I find striking. Is there a unifying theme among the group? No – not really. But for some quirky reason or another – they’ve made the list.
So (in mostly) no particular order – here are a few from the year.
Here a man at an assisted living home holds onto an ornament given to him by a six year old girl. Her church group had visited to sing Christmas carols.From the NW Art & Air Festival. Two photos – two photos of hands. Hmmm….
Another one from the NW Art & Air Festival.
My wife and daughter really enjoyed the butterfly farm. I know this particular butterfly is not quite “picture perfect” – but I really liked the contrast with this photo.
From the Philomath Classic Car Show – shot with a Lensbaby – if I recall correctly it was the Sweet 35 optic.
Coaching instructions to the Inn Keepers during rehearsal for the annual Christmas pageant.
Butterflies and flowers in the same list! This one from the Wooden Show annual tulip festival. Fun with the fisheye.
Someone quipped that this may be the most photographed tree in the world. It’s possible. This is from our afternoon at the Portland Japanese Garden. Every time I open this photo up in Lightroom – I tweak it – still trying to get the oranges / reds / yellows / greens to match the photo in my head.
I have a blog post somewhere in the Drafts folder on our afternoon at the Portland Japanese Garden – but until I dig it up and dust it off – here’s another one.
From the Oregon Special Olympics – bocce ball. I’ll be honest – I spent a few frames trying to get this one. Not sure why – but I just really wanted to catch the ball bouncing with the trailing artificial dirt springing in the air. When you’re shooting rodeo – it’s seldom a good idea to have this shot on your proof sheet.
It’s not often that two bull riding shots would make the list (typically it’s steer wrestling or saddle / bareback bronc …). Here’s another one from the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo.
From a family shoot this last fall – they made sure to bring their Orange and Black. A heck of a lot of fun. Go Beavers!
Some wild irises from a sunrise shoot with Jim at Finley Wildlife Refuge.Here’s Jim and Hugh walking back to the car after our last photo shoot together. We miss you, Hugh.
On Saturday morning, we had about a dozen folks at the Garden of Gentle \Breeze, a newly opened Japanese garden here in Corvallis, for the 2012 Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. This year there were over 1,300 walk locations around the world with more than 32,000 registered walkers.
After four months of essentially no measurable rain here in the Willamette Valley, the dry spell gave way to rain most of the day on Friday. And it didn’t look all that promising for Saturday. But, as it turned out, the weather was mild during the walk – and dare I say, it was a pleasant morning?
None of these images will likely make the medals podium – but I thought I’d share a few from the morning.
The gardens are closed now for the winter, but next spring, if you happen to be in the Willamette Valley and like strolling through gardens, put this stop on your list.
And, if you’d like to read more on the Corvallis walk – check out Kat’s post here.
This one is from Saturday morning at the annual NW Art & Air Festival held in Albany, Oregon. This year they had more than 30 balloons out.
If you happen to be on Instagram – you can check out my entire feed at Camera47.
Hi all – Scott Kelby has just announced his 5th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk – happening on Saturday 13 October 2012. This year, the Corvallis, OR walk will be at the new Japanese-style garden, Garden of Gentle Breeze.
The owner of the property has kindly given our group private access to the gardens during the time of the walk.
For all of the Corvallis walk details – hit the link. If you’re looking for general Worldwide Photo Walk details (and possibly for a walk near you) –here’s the link to get you started.
The Instagram photos are from my scouting visit.