On Saturday, July 24th, over 28,000 people in over 1,100 cities around the world participated in the Third Annual Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk.  Our own J. Scott Kelly was the leader for two of those photo walks – Vero Beach on Florida’s East Coast and Clearwater Beach on Florida’s West Coast.

"Line'em Up...Shoot'em Down"  © 2010 J. Scott Kelly

"Ocean Grill" © 2010 J. Scott Kelly

"Part of the Crew after Breakfast and Chimping" © 2010 J. Scott Kelly

"Beach Retreat" © 2010 Dawn Currie
“Always love the early morning shoots!”
-Dawn Currie

"The Cup" © 2010 Nancy True
“This was a great way to meet new people with the same interests as I have. Lots to shoot in this area great morning.” 
-Nancy True

The day began at 6:00 a.m. at Sexton Plaza in Vero Beach with 50 photographers gathering to capture the sunrise over the ocean and other creative images found along Ocean Drive.  After the morning’s photography session, everyone gathered at Mulligan’s for breakfast to share their experience and their images.

Later that day, Scott and a few other members of the Adventure Photography and Photo Walk group traveled west on State Road 60 to the other side of the state to Clearwater Beach.  There they met up with over 40 photographers from that area to photograph the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico at Pier 60.  As with all outdoor events, the weather is the biggest challenge, especially summertime in Florida.  The Clearwater photo walk was no exception.  The evening began in the pouring rain with a thunderstorm, however just as quickly as it came, the skies cleared for a magnificent sunset after all.  For those who braved the storm, being able to capture both extremes of lightning and a colorful sunset was unforgettable.

© 2010 Bruce Weissman

"Sunset #4" © 2010 Janice Reynolds  
“I had a great time discovering the unique & hidden treasures on & around the historic buildings along the beach at sunrise! We had a great group of photographers who were excited to explore the area too!”
-Janice Reynolds

"Old Rainy Eyes" © 2010 Andrew Vernon/Andrew V Photography
 "By far, the Scott Kelby Photowalk on Clearwater beach was one of the most uniquely diverse photo shoots I have been involved with in quite some time. It began with one of the most intensely angry electrical storms I have seen in a long time, and ended with an incredibly vibrant sunset. There seemed to be something for every photographer. And, the shots coming out of the event seem to be equally as astounding as the scenery."
- Andrew Vernon

"The Photographer & the Sunset" © 2010 Andrew Vernon/Andrew V Photography
Now comes the hard part, each participant from the walks must choose their best image and submit it for judging.  The leader in each city then selects the best image from their photo walk to enter in the worldwide competition.  Winners will then be chosen by the Kelby Media Group. 

Good luck to all those who participated.  We will keep you posted as to which image was selected from the Vero Beach and Clearwater photo walks and the outcome as to the winning entries.


Freedom on the Fourth!

Despite the inclement weather members of Adventures Photography and Photo Walks gathered at A.W. Young park in Vero Beach to capture the beautiful fireworks display!  Members gathered early to get good placement for the show, but the clouds started moving in early as well.  Just before the fireworks display was to start the rain came down lightly, but it wasn't hard enough to dampen our enthusiasm or fun!

 © 2010 J. Scott Kelly

“We anticipated the rain and when it arrived it wasn't enough to dampen out spirits or our fun!! We still were able to shoot some fantastic fireworks.”
J. Scott Kelly/Organizer
  © 2010 Bruce Weissman

  © 2010 Nancy True

“The night did not look too hopeful but we stuck it out and it was worth it! Great to see some new faces and of course the regulars. Happy 4th of July!” 
Nancy True
 © 2010 Roger T. Sobkowiak

“Good location...liked hearing and seeing the crowd reaction, especially the children.”
Roger T. Sobkowiak


Adventure Photography & Photo Walk Group Hosts FCCC Statewide Photography Print Competition

The Adventure Photography & Photo Walk group was honored to have been selected by the Florida Camera Club Council to judge the Second Tri-Annual Statewide Photographic Print Competition held on June 24th. Nine affiliated camera clubs from around the state submitted a total of 127 color and monochrome photographic prints for judging.

 "3 Palms" © Carol Mac Dougall

As organizer of the Adventure Photography & Photo Walk group Scott hand-picked two highly respected colleagues to join him in judging the competition.  Chosen to assist Scott with the judging were:  Dick Robertson of Vero Beach, a retired professional photographer with 40 years of professional and judging experience, and Ron Rosenzweig, a 20 year veteran professional photographer from Stuart.

 "Bees at Westmore Park " © Laura Bryg

The evening of judging went well with each print being viewed separately in a specially designed light box and the voting being done through sophisticated scoring machines provided by the FCCC.  A special thank you to our volunteers - Janice Reynolds, Nancy True, Kaila Kelly and Karen Kelly, who worked hard to keep things organized and running smoothly.

 "Lone Chair" © Georgia Robinson

 "Potters Hands" © Bob Cameron

 "Selby Mansion Potscape" © Bob Cameron

"Taking a Big Step" © Nancy Lester

The top image in the monochrome (black & white) division, receiving 27 points out of a possible 27, was “Winding Road” by Don Tupis of the Spring Hill Camera Club located in Spring Hill, Florida. The next top winners in the monochrome division were: “Potters Hands” by Bob Cameron of the Sarasota Camera Club;  “Lone Chair” by Georgia Robinson of the Chasco Camera Club in New Port Richey; and “Tropical Trees” by Carol MacDougall of the Photo Adventures Camera Club in North Port, Florida.  In the color division, there were three images who tied for first place.  These winning images were “Celby Mansion Potscape” by Bob Cameron, “Bees at Westmore Park” by Laura Bryg, both from the Sarasota Camera Club, and “Taking a Big Step” by Nancy Lester of the Spring Hill Camera Club.   Based on the points, the top 10% will receive blue ribbon awards and the next 15% will receive yellow ribbon honors.