We didn't pick the weather quite as well on this occasion, but there was a reasonable turnout for this evening's Wellington Photography Meetup Group photo walk. We met up at Wellington Photographic Supplies, Vivian St - thanks again guys for use of the store as a meeting place - and headed down Tory St, across to Cambridge Tce (I guess, as at this point a few others and I missed the cross street and lost the main group) and towards Waitangi Park and then the marina on Oriental Parade.
In the pub afterwards, I saw a few people's nice shots around the marina, where the overcast conditions proved photogenic. I came across the skate park about when the first rain began (it hasn't rained in Wellington for a month!) and most of the skaters buggered off. This left me and a few others in the group the opportunity to photograph the skate park sans skaters, so I took it. Then it really began to chuck it down! I got soaked, gave up shooting and headed for the pub. Arrived looking like a drowned rat. Settled in for a Christmas drink with the remaining photographers, none of whom looked as wet as I was.
Richard Young put together a Christmas gift package of vouchers and info for Photowalk participants, and Ana Lyubich from Excio talked about the new Excio app that displays photos on the home screen of your cellphone - an excellent way for photographers and to get their photos out there to be enjoyed by many. Check out Excio.
Richard, Alistair McAra and I are running some workshops in January and February. Richard's is on long exposure coastal landscape photography, Alistair will be running 'getting started' and more advanced Adobe Lightroom workshops, and I'll be doing a couple of Saturday beginners' creative photography workshops, with a couple of hours follow up on the next Monday evening. These are already booking up fast so have a look on the New Zealand Photography Workshops site for details. They also make great gifts for other photographers.
We will run some more photo walks and host other activities after Christmas/New Year, and here's still stuff going on this year at Wellington Photography Meetup. Have a great one, everybody.
Here's a selection of photos that I think give a nice 'Sense of Place' feel, concentrating on the Waitangi Park skating area.