Saturday, July 24

My First World Wide Photo Walk by Scott Kelby





Every year for the past two years, Scott Kelby is holding a world wide photo walk for all photographers to share images and build camaraderie. I have been anticipating this event since the last week of May. With the excitement I had that time, I signed-up right away on the first walk that I saw in Manila. It was the Sta Cruz leg. As days go by, more and more walks from the Philippine's came up. But they do get easily filled-up by photographers (hobbyists, amateurs and professionals alike).




Early this morning,  I make sure I got up early and prepare myself for my first photo walk. As I leave home, I went to Intramuros first to have breakfast at manang's. but their Fried Chicken is not yet available so I settled for their Lechon Kawali. After that hearty breakfast, I went to Sta Cruz to join the others who will be at the Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk. Our meeting place was at Plaza Arsenio H. Lacson in front of Plaza Fair. Since I got there early, I went to Sta Cruz Church first to give thanks and seek guidance from our Creator. Then I noticed some guys with cameras taking snaps. One approached me and asked me if I am also a part of the Sta. Cruz group. I said yes and the guy told me to join us. We waited for the rest to arrive before we had our pre-walk group hug photo.




I was able to meet new faces. But I noticed that some of them were quite young. Another thing is that some people I know online who were supposed to attend didn't show up. That made me think why. As the walk progresses. one thing I find odd was the route that we went through going to Binondo Church. Instead of going there via Ongpin, we went there via Escolta-Yuchengco. Still I was able to take pictures of the street itself as well as some people who live there. Good thing I had a shooting partner that time. She was also an alumna of MIT and just finished her Basic Photography Course at FPPF in Intramuros.




As we reached Binondo Church, I was surprised to see some of my supposed to be groupmates at the photowalk as well as our photowalk leader. Then I approach my photowalk leader to congratulate him for the successful walk. I saw the puzzled look in his face and then he asked me if I am with his group. I said yes then to my surprise, he asked my why I wasn't able to join him. Little did I know, I joined the wrong route as he told me that there is another group for that. I was in total shock and a little bit embarrassed at the same time but anyway, its all been done already. I was able to join the group hug of my original group and the group that I joined as well.




After the walk, my photo buddy and I had our lunch at one of the restaurants in Ongpin. Then we walked back to Sta Cruz Church via Escolta to take pictures of other parts that we have missed. Then we went inside an old museum. Even if its closed, the security guards opened it for us and we were able to take pictures of old memorabilia. I really enjoyed that day and I got really tired.

Here are some more pictures from the Wrong Walk. XD











43 comments:

  1. Funny anecdote! Based on your photos, it didn't look like you went on the "wrong" walk. :)) Nice shots!

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    1. That title was quite "Catchy" as I took on a different route instead of the one I was supposed to. :D

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  2. nice shots!! i go for a solo photo walk most of the time. somebody invited me for a group photowalk in manila unfortunately anlayo ko e i can't go, there's a local group here and i tried joining kaso naman may mga requirements pa to enter their group.. hehe.. kaka frustrate lang coz i don't have any close friend who shares the same interest in photography.. i have to enjoy it alone then for now... ;)

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    1. Minsan kasi medyo delikado mag-solo especially sa mga lugar na di ka familiar.

      Sa facebook naman, there are lots of photography groups who would love to join you sometime soon =)

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  3. nice photos, by the way, what are those people doing?

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    1. Thanks! What pictures are you referring to po?

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  4. Even if you joined the wrong group you still got those fabulous photos of Manila. I think we can say that it was destined to happen that way.

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    1. Thanks Ads!

      Actually, I didn't regret joining that walk :D

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  5. Oh, how did you drift to another group? At least you were able to rejoin your orig photowalk group. Haha. And yeah, at least you saw a different part of the area.

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    1. I forgot how, or I could say I initially thought I was at the right group. But as the walk progresses, I got a feeling that I joined the wrong group. :D

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  6. Hey, I also want to have buddies like these and have a photo walk although I don't possess DSLR :))

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    1. It doesn't matter naman if your using a camphone ar a DSLR. What matters is sometime soon, we could a photowalk ;)

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  7. Great photos.. Gusto ko ring mag photowalk sana, kaso lagi akong tinatamad. I think kahit na walang dslr, okay na rin yung point-and-shoot camera ko. I just have to stop being lazy.. :p

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  8. pa join! kasi san walk.. right or wrong! hehe still great photos!

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    1. Hehehe. Pede naman po tayo mag-organize ng isang PW =)

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  9. Nice Photo.. Buti di ka natako ma snatch camera mo habang kumukuha dyan.. :)

    Dexter | KidneyTherapy.com

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    1. Thanks Dexter.

      May Photbuddy naman ako which makes both of us safe and secured plus di naman tago yung kinunan namin.

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  10. i haven't tried photowalk. sana makajoin din minsan. =)

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    1. There is always a next time naman to join one. =)

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  11. joining the Scott Kelby's nationwide photo walk is fun. I joined once - a year ago.

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  12. Escolta was the Ayala back in the old days, suwerte nyo naman at nakasama kayo sa photowalk ni Scott Kelby...

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    1. Thanks! Actually, divided into 2 big groups kami that time.

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  13. eto yung maganda, naipapakita hindi lang kung ano yung maganda. naipapakita rin kung ano yung tunay na kalagayan sa likod ng kagandahan nang matugunan din ang mga ito n_n

    thanks for sharing.

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  14. Sana lang hindi puro panget na images ng Escolta pinakita mo. Sana combination of both na veering on more maganda. We want to encourage tourists diba? Not scare them away. Yun lang. The photos are nice though.

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    1. Thanks Kathy though I find your comment a bit contrasting =).

      Or perhaps I didn't show all as during the time I'm writing this, I've edited a few. But most of my shots were already at my fb album =)

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  15. Photo walk is really interesting. I will try it for sure one of these days. The pictures you have here are very good.

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    1. Di naman po nauubusan ng mga photowalks dito sa Pinas :D

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  17. Never been on a photowalk.. sana ma try ko din yan one of these days.

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    1. Pero mas magaganda mga travel shots mo compared sa akin :D

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  18. I haven't joined any photowalks yet, but I'll make sure to join one really soon.. :)

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    1. SKWWPW 2012 is just around the corner. :D

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  19. I am a camera whore but I never attended any photography seminar or photowalk, maybe I can join one in the future.

    http://travel-on-a-shoe-string.blogspot.com

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    1. Please do join. Aside from its fun, you'd meet new friends in the process. =)

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  20. capturing life's reality... parang gusto ko na tuloy bumili ng dslr (lol). nice shots, bro... Yahweh bless. http://trunklocker.blogspot.com/2012/02/walk-to-remember.html

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    1. Thanks man! Marami na rin namang DSLR na hindi mabigat sa bulsa =)

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