Yesterday, I attended my very first photography group meeting. With all the fun and learning I'm having online, its easy to forget that there's a whole world of people right outside my back door with the very same interests (or obsessions, if I'm completely honest) that I have.
The attendance was fantastic, especially since this was a group that was reforming after going through a fallow period when the original leader moved away.
Edited to add: The image above made the top 5 at Shoot. Edit. Submit.
According to the stats, there were about 45 photographers there of all ages, skill levels, and interests ranging from people who just want to take better photos of their cat to professionals. There were point and shooters and those needing body guards to protect them and their expensive equipment while they are out shooting. I'm only sort of joking about the body guard, but one guy did say he had to ward off would be camera-jackers by pulling his hand gun on them.
After the meeting, some folks headed over to Centennial Park to shoot. It was overcast, which is better for mid-day shooting anyway. There's lots to shoot there, including a full scale replica of the Parthenon. Today's images are from that shoot.
Some walked around in groups, but I ended up strolling along by myself. Groups are still a bit challenging for me since I'm rather introverted. I'm not particularly shy, but I am not necessarily good at jumping in uninvited. I'm sure I would have been welcome to walk along with any of the little groups ... its just my own weirdness that makes me hold back. It will get better as I attend more meetings and get to know people better.
I think the groups will be good for me in this way. It is a whole lot easier to jump in with online groups, and it feels less socially risky. It would be very easy to let the virtual world become my whole world, so participating in these groups will help balance that out a little.
In fact, tonight I'm going to a new writer's group meeting. The subject is creative non-fiction and personal essay which is my genre of choice. When I saw the topic, I just knew it was a synchronistic opportunity "calling."
Speaking of joining in, I'm linking up today with Lisa Gordon's Creative Exchange. I'll leave you with one more shot from Centennial Park and that's all for me today. Hope everyone has a lovely Monday!
Note: Many of today's images were processed using Topaz Lab's Adjust Filters.