Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scott Kelby & NAPP World PhotoWalk 2009 (Ireland)

Adare Here We Come!

Scott Kelby - the world's best selling author of digital imaging books, and President of the American National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has announced the second annual world-wide Photo-Walk to be held on Saturday July 18th 2009. The event is to launch his upcoming new book: The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 3.

Basically, groups of photographers (up to 50 people per walk) will gather together in desiginated locations and spend 2 hours or so, walking, chatting and snapping. Usually the walks end at a bar or restaurant where walkers will share their images - presumably by swapping cameras!

Registration is free to all participants - and there is no charge to join any of the walks. Last year’s PhotoWalk was a huge success with more than 6000 participants in 241 cities in 43 countries. There are prizes to win - the walk leader will award a copy of Scott Kelby's new book to the best photo taken on each walk - and there is a grand prize, for the best photo taken on all of the walks, wordwide. This is also a fun social event where photographers get together to shoot photos and connect with other photographers.

As a NAPP Guru Award winner, I have been asked to lead a walk in Ireland.

I have chosen Adare Village in County Limerick. It is one of Ireland’s oldest, and “prettiest” villages. A two-hour circular walk around the village, and along the river will take in some very special scenery including a medieval castle, a 17th century manor house (now a famous hotel – Bill Clinton stayed there and Tiger Woods played on the golf course); rows of quaint thatched cottages; two ancient churches; a ruined monastery and a walk along the River Maigue, made famous by poets and writers – not to mention several authentic Irish pubs!

The walk starts at 5pm, when the light will still be strong, but not too high in the sky. As we near the end of the walk, the shadows will have lengthened adding colour and shape to the already majestic buildings that we will visit along the short, but very scenic circular route.

We will end our walk at the very authentic Irish “Pat Collins Bar”, where the larger-than-life landlord serves the best Guinness in Town and, if you’re hungry (and why wouldn’t you be?) there is a wide array of mouth-watering dishes on the menu, to enjoy while we review the photographic fruits of our walk.

If you are interested in participating, go to the PhotoWalk home page to sign up and to search for a walk in your area.

If you would like to join my walk please go to my walk page - by clicking here. Three of my recent shots of Adare Village are above. Hope to see you on the walk!

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