For those that follow me here on the blog or on any of my social media outlets you know that I am a big fan of meeting up and shooting with local photographers. Online communities are great, and I have made some great friendships, but there is something special about getting out and shooting with people in your local area. When I lived in Arizona I was pretty active with a Meetup.com group there, and it made perfect sense that one of the first things I would do after moving to Olympia last year would be to find a local Meetup.com group here. The group I first joined was the Olympia Photographers group. For Olympia being a somewhat small town, the group has a good number of active members and is always attracting new members, I always have a good time at any event that the group does. After looking through some of my older steel wool spinning images I thought it might be fun to put together a group meetup to get together and do some steel wool spinning photography.
We had a great turn out, I think that there was somewhere around 25 photographers there although I didn’t actually count. A number of people took turns actually spinning the steel wool and from the looks of the images uploaded on the Meetup.com page is any indication, there were some great images made. I had a number of people tell me that they would like to get together and do this again.
What I hope you take away from this is that if you haven’t gotten out with local photographers and done something like this, or a more traditional photowalk, do so, you will take a lot out of it. You will network with people in your area and you might learn a new trick or two as well. If there are no groups in your area, start one, it doesn’t have to be a formal thing, just some like minded people who like to get together and make images. I suspect that you will find more than a few willing participants.
There is one final thing I wanted to share in this blog post. During this event I set my D7000 up to do some time lapse shooting of the night sky over downtown Olympia. I haven’t done a lot of night time lapse shooting and I am always looking for opportunities practice a little. The following video is the result of that shooting. When I was shooting it I really didn’t think that I would be capturing any of the spinning steel wool, but as you can see, I did. Next time we have an event like this I am actually going to try and time lapse the event, I can always go back and shoot the sky. :-)
I hope you enjoyed the images in this post as much as I enjoyed being out with the meetup group and shooting them.