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March 16th, 2008 |  Published in Mobile Photography  |  2 Comments

Don’t we all know the feeling? You are at some arbitrary place at some arbitrary point in time and you see something that would make a great photo and you check your jacket pockets and your pants and you ask yourself: “Where is my camera when I need it?” – this happens to me all the time! Of course there is that little camera in your cell phone (and we’ll have a couple of posts in the near future about using your cell phone as your ‘Plan B’-camera), but the optics, the image quality and the level of control usually just doesn’t cut it.

I guess the guys over at photowalking.org must have made the same experience one too many times and that’s when they decided to start photowalking. This is the idea in their own words:

Photowalking is the act of walking with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things you may find interesting.

I really like the idea behind this: instead of walking through everyday life and always getting annoyed by the fact that you never have your camera with you when you need it, why not turn this around and grab your camera and just walk around for a day and focus on trying to find great photo opportunities. At the end of the day you probably had a really good time, got some fresh air and probably even got some great shots – what more can you ask for?

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#1 Trevor Carpenter on 03.18.08 at 7:15 am

Thanks for the mention!

We do love bringing our cameras with us everywhere. I actually am never without it (except at work).

It’s amazing what will happen to your own conceptual eye for a good shot, when you have your camera with you all the time.

#2 Thomas Semesky on 12.31.08 at 10:14 am

I enjoyed reading your comments about “photowalking”.

Photowalking is the very thing that I have started doing in order to try and shed the pounds that I have gained by not being able to run. I now weigh the most that I have ever been in my life, and its obvious that the extra weight is affecting me. So out the door I go with no particular agenda in mind and no particular subject I want to photograph. If I come back empty (which is not too often), I still have the satisfaction that I was outside in the fresh air and got some excercise.

My weapon of choice when I’m out photowalking is the Canon G9. Its lite weight and 12 megs give me excellent results.

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