This past Saturday I woke up at the crack of dawn to attend a photowalk in San Francisco's China Basin/Pier 96 area. I don't think I've ever been more glad to have had to wake up so early! The walk was a lot of fun, and I got to meet and interact with a bunch of fellow photo enthusiasts. This was my second photowalk ever (and the second in a month). I think I'm hooked. Much of my photo-taking is done on my own. That's not necessarily by choice, but I do enjoy the solitude of being out on my own snapping photos of landscapes. What I've discovered by adding the social element of the walk is that I am learning from others. Let's face it, on a photowalk you get a lot of people taking pictures of the same exact thing, but what's fascinating about that is that everyone's take is different. So you get a nearly immediate multiplicity of versions of the same scene, each as seen through a different photographer's eye -- it's pretty fascinating how different the results can be.
If you have a chance to go on a photowalk, I highly recommend it. Flickr sponsors lots of photowalks throught its parnership with MeetUp. Give it a try and see what you think.
I hope everyone's having a great week so far!
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