Going on a photography walk with Yelp and Giddyup

Let’s break up the food stuff and talk about photography. And more specifically, my photography. Or even more specifically, my utter lack of photography skills.

Yelp Elite ’13 Giddyup

But then, I have never taken a photography class in my life. Back when I was in school, art was old school. It was crayons, pencils, pastels and paints. And you got your hands dirty. And I mean REALLY dirty. So when Lani from YELP asked if anyone would be interested in participating in a photography walk, I said a resounding ‘yes’. It’s also because I felt guilty that despite being a YELP Elite ’13 member, I haven’t had the chance to participate in most activities.

Yelp Elite ’13 Giddyup

The morning started with gathering at Tazza Café to grab some coffee (thanks, Lani!) to fuel the rest of the morning. With an introduction from Todd and Alyda from Giddyup Camera Club, they led our little expedition through West End and stopped as opportunities came up to explore light, textures, composition, angles and the suburb itself. We are often hurrying about our daily lives and forget to look around us to appreciate the beauty in our urban space.

Yelp Elite ’13 Giddyup

Yelp Elite ’13 Giddyup

And the best part was learning that you shouldn’t feel limited by your equipment. Todd was adamant that many of us can take amazing photographs with our mobile devices. As the cameras in them get better and better, photos taken with them could almost revel DSLRs for posting online.

Yelp Elite ’13 Giddyup

These are a couple of photos I took from the morning. They are definitely outside of my comfort zone, but I’ll work my way into portraiture eventually.

Yelp Elite ’13 GiddyupAnd at the end of the walk, we got to pig out on dips, pizzas and cool drink at the Burrow. Their Phoenix pizza packed plenty of heat!

Yelp Elite ’13 Giddyup

But hey, I did get dirty with sweat from the midday heat.

Note: I should add that all these photos were taken with my iPhone 5, proving Todd’s point that you really shouldn’t be dissing your mobile device. With a couple of apps, you can come up with some pretty nifty images.