Yesterday midmorning found me in the West End for the 2015 edition of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk.
This year, I joined a group led by Brian Anderson, with special guest Ted Forbes* of The Art of Photography podcast/youtube fame. I’ve been watching Ted’s podcast for many years, now, so for me it was sorta like meeting an old friend and it was nice to wander around with him and others.
We walked a big loop around the West End and the south part of downtown Dallas, then went for lunch at Sonny Bryan’s (where it’s very difficult to find something halal to eat: thankfully, there are some salads on the menu).
I took some great pictures on the walk, but after lunch realized that I had once again mis-loaded the FG and so I hadn’t really taken a single picture. There used to be this emoji that appeared when you typed in :rant: on some forums…
Fortunately, I also brought along the Lomo LC-A.
Unfortunately, a screw that had been rattling around in the top half since I bought it found its way into the bottom part and jammed up the winder part. For the past week or so, I’ve had to wind it by twisting the little bit at the bottom, and yesterday after about 8 winds, it started just spinning past the stop and never resetting the shutter.
Fortunately, there’s a user service guide readily available. It’s for the LC-A+, the fancy new model, but most of the guts are still the same. I took the bottom off, and a little silver screw fell out… I think it might be one that holds the lens in place, so I’m going to have to do a bit more taking apart to see if I can find where it belongs and to tighten everything up.
The walk was loads of fun, and I had an opportunity to continue it in Deep Ellum, but passed due to my dismay, shame, and fury at having mis-loaded the film yet again, and this time at a time when it mattered a tiny bit more than usual.
I’m getting more comfortable shooting people in public, and I went the whole 3 hours without feeling panicky or very nervous: Alhamdulillah.
So it was a much more successful WWPW than previous years in some respects, and a deep failure in others, and it makes me want to get back involved with some photowalking: I’ve been on one since Hana and I got together. InshaAllah I’ll find some sort of outlet for this newfound desire to wander streets with a buddy or three and shoot.
More from this roll of HP5 soon.
*Apologies to Ted for the goofy expression I caught him with.