500px FujiFilm Global Photowalk
This was the first time I lead the 500px walk and because it was organised through Facebook I couldn't control how many signed up. A brief check shown I had around 70 people sign up, but perhaps luckily on the day around 30 actually turned up. Which made it slightly more manageable. Lucky for me, a fellow professional photographer Julie Edwards offered to help me take care of the group, and as I lead from the front, she brought up the rear, ensuring no one got lost.
For this walk, I decided to head through some lesser explored areas of Brighton. Basically, starting at the mid point of Kemp town and heading to Brighton's Marina.
Rather than lugging around my heavy camera and lenses, I choose to use the Fuji X-T1 with the XF23mm F1.4 R XF and XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR combo. Additionally Julie kindly let me borrow her Fuji 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR, which I set to 16mm so I could take advantage of the wide angle.
Along the route people dropped off, and by the end, we had maybe half the group remaining. For my first Brighton 500px/FujiFilm photowalk I couldn't have expected more - it was a glorious sunny day, plenty of photographers joined in and loads of pictures were taken. #500pxGPW15 #500pxGPW15Brighton
Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk
This was the 8th Scott Kelby Worldwide photowalk and the 4th one I have lead. This year, Scott had 1,000 walks take place with 21,483 walkers signed up. As usual, my walk filled up within a week of advertising. There were as expected a couple of last minute drop outs.
To make this walk a little different I opted to do an evening walk - 6-8pm. I met the participants at Brighton's train station and headed through the streets as they started to quieten down. Again, for this walk Julie Edwards was on hand to assist amateurs and pro's alike.
For me, the star of the event was Gareth Greener, who kindly agreed to do some light-painting on the beach. This was my surprise to the group, and Gareth's surprise to me, was the branding of the Scott Kelby logo which he created through light painting.
Sponsors for the event were; Canon, B&H, PeachPit, KeepSnap, Adobe, Elinchrom, MeFoto, Tamron, and of course, KelbyOne. And as usual Scott will be picking the winners of some amazing prizes in just a few weeks.
As for my camera gear - I used my Fuji X-T1 and just one lens - the XF23mm F1.4 R XF.
Dade Freeman is a Brighton photographer creating portraits and fine art images for commercial and personal use.