Photography of Roy Thoman

Scott Kelby’s 8th Annual World Wide Photo Walk

I recently participated in one of Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walks. Scott Kelby is a photographer who writes and publishes instructional books on Photoshop and Lightroom software. He organizes these photo walks. Photographers from around the world get together and form groups. On the designated day, the groups go to the spot they have chosen and take photographs for two hours. It’s a great way for photographers to share ideas, techniques and have fun. This year there were 1000 groups and 21529 walkers (photographers).

Milton Heiberg is the leader of the group that I joined. Milton is a photographer and photography instructor from Orlando. He  also authored several books on photography. I got to know Milton from the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Milton does several classes and field workshops for the festival. I’m excited to be doing my own photography field workshop on night-time photography, at the 2016 festival in January. Come join me, if you can!

Our group met at the Orlando Wetlands. The Orlando Wetlands is a series of ponds that filter water from the Orlando sewer system. It sounds yucky, I know, but the water is cleaned up before it gets to the ponds. So it’s not really as bad as it sounds. This system not only cleans the water, but it creates a bird paradise.

Our group was concentrating on getting sunrise photos. I was hopefully optimistic about getting a good sunrise. Waking up to rain is never a good sign when you want a good sunrise. Before leaving the house the rain did stop. (It’s Florida, if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change.) We met before dawn, had a few words of wisdom from Milton. The group walked in the dark to Milton’s favorite sunrise spot. A myriad of sounds filled the air as we walked, gallinules squawked, frogs and gators croaked, owls hooted, and mosquitoes buzzed. We arrived at the sunrise spot with a still overcast sky, although it seemed to be clearing. Sunrise came and went and no sun. We never did see the sun, but there were enough holes in the clouds that I was able to squeak out a few good photos. Getting out in the field with my camera is always a good thing, no matter what the conditions are. We all had lots of fun, and it was a great day. There is a competition for the photos taken on the walks. I need to pick two photos to enter. So if you could help me pick the two favorites, that would help quite a bit!

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6 responses

  1. I didn’t realise the event was this large. Does the photowalk end with time on post processing, or is it entirely in the field?


    October 8, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    • You have just over a week for post. Scott Kelby is a Lightroom and Photoshop instructor, so post processing is encouraged. You are not aloud to add something that was not there. Most anything else is OK.


      October 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

  2. I choose the last one, bird on a limb and the dead palms portrait. 3rd choice would be the one with photographers (below palm portrait) with little water in behind them.


    October 8, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    • Thank you Janna! I like the whistling duck on the branch too. The sky was very overcast. Just a bit of over exposure gives the image a minimalist/highlight look. The dead palms one is nice too. When ever I do a sunrise/sunset, I always look for something to put in the foreground. The dead palms were pretty much the only structure around. They die when they filled the ponds. Palms don’t like to have there roots covered with water. The photo with the photographers has nice clouds. I think I was the only one to photograph them. No one else seemed to be photographing them. Thank you for your input.


      October 9, 2015 at 10:26 pm

  3. looks like a lot of fun.


    January 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    • It was great fun! I like getting out with other photographers.

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      January 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

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