Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk 2013

I know it's somewhat overdue, but I figured I'd post it anyway.  On October 5, I participated for the second time in Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk in Saratoga Springs, NY.  In years prior to last year, I had wanted to participate, but was never available on the day of the walk.

Saratoga is a great place to photograph because there are just so many scenes, from busy streets to tranquil parks.  Since the weather was overcast this year (which is definitely not a bad thing as far as photos go!), my shots had a different feel to them than my shots from last year's walk, despite being shot in the same city.

On Broadway, I got some shots of cars zooming past, thanks to a polarizer filter that helped me slow down the shutter speed just enough to capture the motion.

The Queen
I saw this figurine of the Queen in a store window.  I'm not sure what she was doing there!

A Bear's Books
My friend and I decided to head into Northshire Bookstore, which is full of lots of great things to photograph (not just books!).  The books up above are sitting on top of a shelf that you can see as you go up the stairs.

Here Comes the Train

I love miniatures!  Part of the reason I wanted to go into Northshire was to photograph the model train and little town they have set up.

The Little Hot Dog Stand

The display cases at the front of the store had some interesting subjects to photograph as well.

Silver Dog

This alley takes you from Broadway down to Putnam Street to the library.

Saratoga Alley

Impressions had some adorable flower pots sitting outside their boutique.

Flower Kitty

More miniatures!  This little Christmas scene was in one of the store windows on Phila Street.  Using a fast lens on miniatures gives almost a 3D effect.  I love how it was able to render the people on the bench behind the man reading the newspaper completely out of focus.

We admired Lyrical Ballad Bookstore from the outside. I love Lyrical Ballad. They have tons and tons of used books and the folks that own it are so friendly! 

Lyrical Ballad Bookstore

Eventually we wandered into Congress Park.  My friend Barb and I took some necessary shots of each other with our Canon gear.

We met a lovely group of folks walking their dogs and I got a few shots of these handsome canines.

Java the Borzoi

A Dog Walk in the Park

I'm not big on taking photos of people without their permission, but this shot was practically begging to be taken. Hey, that's what street photography is all about, right?
  Fall in Congress Park
Finally, we walked up Henry Street by the library for a few final shots before the walk was over.

Henry Street, Saratoga

If you missed the walk this year (they have them in locations all over the world), try to make one next year!  It's a great way to meet other photographers and have a great time.

Tools I used to create the photos this post: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4Adobe Photoshop CS6


  1. I need to participate in the walk next time and see where there is one around here. You got some great shots, especially that model train.


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