A Tale of Two

On October 5, 2011 by DaniLew

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Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk occurred much later in the year than usual.  For the first three years, this event took place in July but since it has been brutally hot in the USA and other countries, instead he announced just a week before the anticipated July date to move it to October.  Thank you, Scott, because mid-July 2011 was another scorcher here in Virginia!

Because of this change, I was able to participate in two photo walks this past weekend: one in my neighborhood, the colonial town of Fredericksburg, Virginia and the other in the sleepy river town of Occoquan just 30 minutes north towards Washington DC.

Photo Walk #1

The Saturday photo walk in Fredericksburg was very familiar even though our walk leader, Don Sturgis, guided us through a not-so-familiar section of charming colonials with pretty painted shutters and gardens tucked behind ornate iron gates before getting us back to the main downtown streets.  Yet I still struggled with my objectives for this trek: (1) to know my adopted hometown like the back of my hand, (2) to capture it in all seasons and (3) to show it in its most primitive shape and form (black and white).

Kelby's 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk in Fredericksburg, VA - horse head hitching post (b&w infrared) - taken with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

Kelby’s 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk in Fredericksburg, VA – horse head hitching post (b&w infrared)

Image above made with a Nikon D200 IR-converted camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

This was as good as it got for me last Saturday.

It was not the threat of rain or the overcast sky that threw a cloud over my vision but it was a lack of motivation on my part. I had decided, at the last minute, to leave my regular camera (Nikon D300) at home and shoot solely with the infrared converted camera (Nikon D200).  This really should’ve been no big deal since on my recent travels I’ve shot 90% or more of infrared and barely raised the regular color camera to my face but for some unknown reason, this time I felt restricted.  Bound.

Photo Walk #2

I vowed not to make the same mistake on the Sunday photo walk in Occoquan that I made on Saturday, and so my trusty Nikon D300 made the trip.  Strangely enough, I felt a balance that I had not imagined I would as it rested on my right hip while the Nikon D200 sat on my left.

Anyway, it had been at least 15 years since I last visited Occoquan with its pricey riverfront townhomes and quaint one-of-a-kind shops and, guided by our walk leader Vincent Knaus, I was eager to view the town with fresh eyes and possibly improve my street photography.  However, it was cold and rainy; the shops were open but the pedestrian traffic was low.

Kelby's 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk in Occoquan, VA - yellow bush reflection - taken with a Nikon D300 camera and Tamron 17-50 lens

Kelby’s 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk in Occoquan, VA – yellow bush reflection

Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera and Tamron 17-50 lens

So, no, there aren’t that many images with people… but nonetheless, I made more images last Sunday with the infrared camera and came away with some that I’m quite satisfied with.

Kelby's 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk in Occoquan, VA - abandoned house (infrared) - taken with a Nikon D200 IR-converted camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

Kelby’s 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk in Occoquan, VA – abandoned house (infrared)

Image above made with a Nikon D200 IR-converted camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens

As much as infrared appeals to my oft-hidden creative soul, I had no idea how much I leaned on color.  Color, apparently, is my crutch.

More importantly… not only have I re-discovered an old colorful town but I also acknowledged my limitations and re-gained an old resourceful ally in my color camera in its rightful place; just opposite of the infrared camera.

5 Responses to “A Tale of Two”

  • What a wonderful series Danielle.It looks like you all had a great time. We had wonderful weather, but I would much rather walk in the spring or summer. I was just lucky to have found a Sunday walk. I’m not missing my football game! One has to have his priorities straight. :)

    • LOL Phillip! Both walks were great. I don’t like to watch my Pittsburgh Steelers, I get too emotional so I’m glad I took that Sunday walk, especially since they lost.

  • Great news for me! The abandoned house (shown above) was the winning photo for the Occoquan WWPW.

  • Congrats on the win. I won my local as well; would you vote for me on Kelby’s site please? I’ll vote for you.

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