Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk

China Dome – © Copyright 2012 by William Beem

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk

After relenting for quite a while, I've decided to join Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk again this year. I'll be on the Epcot photo walk lead by Kevin Graham. The walk was full, but it shows that there are three more spots open now. I guess people plan to be there and then life gets in the way. If you're in the Orlando area this weekend and don't mind paying to get into Epcot, then here's your chance to walk around with a bunch of geeks holding cameras.

To be honest, I wasn't planning on joining Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk this year. That's not because I mind walking around a Walt Disney World park with a camera. I do that all the time. It's mostly because of two other reasons.

  • I don't like crowds.
  • I don't like sweltering under the sun while in a crowd

I went on Kevin's walk at Epcot last year and had  nice time. In fact, I actually won his pick for the best photo in the group. That shocked both of us because he specifically stated that he wanted to choose something didn't scream Epcot – which is exactly what I submitted. Here's my entry from last year.

Spaceballs! - Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Spaceballs! – © Copyright 2011 by William Beem

 You can't scream Epcot much more than including a photo of Spaceship Earth. On the other hand, I suppose it had the virtue of being a different kind of Spaceship Earth photo. Didn't do a damn thing in the overall competition, though. If I remember correctly (and I don't promise that I do), last year's winner was a wonderful shot of a kid jumping off a platform into water. You don't see a lot of platform jumps at Epcot. In fact, I try to avoid shooting other people's kids – particularly at Walt Disney World – because it makes people think you're creepy. So I don't expect to win any competitions with my shots from Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk this year.

Is it going to be crowded? You bet your ass. It's Epcot on a Saturday during the Food & Beverage Festival. Is it going to be hot? Perhaps, but Kevin changed the time to run from 5:00 – 7:00pm this year. Truth be told, it's hotter at 5:00pm than noon, but we may get some nice light toward the end of the walk.

The thing that finally changed my mind is that I met some very nice people at the photowalk last year, not the least of which is Kevin and his wife. When you get right down to it, the reason to go on a photowalk isn't really about getting the best pictures. It's to hang out with some nice people. Also, I want to get a better shot of that China Dome I posted above.  Damn thing isn't perfectly centered as I'd like, so this seems like a good time to go back and get another shot. Besides, shooting the ceiling is one of the few ways to take a picture at Disney without having a tourist in the way.

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