What a day! At 5am around 35 keen photographers turned up to the E Shed markets in Fremantle for the Perth leg of The Walk Downunder which was a Google+ Sponsored event that happened all around Australia. It took months of planning but all in all everyone had an awesome day.
We all got our Google+ Shirts and some of us even got a Google+ Camera Strap, which proved to be quite popular. Just a pitty we didn’t have more of these to give out, it’s actually a pretty good strap. Below is mine while I was out on location shooting yesterday.
The initial idea behind the photo walk was for everyone to shoot using just their mobile phone cameras. However eventually we (the state leaders) all decided we should open it up to all cameras, but I was surprised how many people were still shooting with their phone cameras and uploading to Google+ as we went along using the G+ hash tag #thewalkdownunder. It has now been 2 days since the walk, and the hash tag is still active as people start to upload their edited images which they took on their cameras.
The Sydney photo walk which was easily the biggest in the country managed a whopping 225 people. Even Brian Rose, the Google+ Photo Community Manager attended.
All in all it was so much fun, so many people have been asking when the next one will be. This walk is a annual thing so I’ll definitely put my hand up for next time however we might look at running another one down the track, so let me know if your interested.
A special thanks to my wife Mona, who helped organise all the Google Swag that came, and kept everything in order. Also thanks to Google Australia who pitched in and bought us all breakfast at Breaks Cafe (great way to finish of the photo walk. I think everyone was in need of a coffee), and gave us all cool tshirts, stickers and some camera straps.
Now for some photos, if you want to see more check out the hash tag #thewalkdownunder. To keep it fair all of these photos were sent to me just in time for a newspaper article on the event. I’ve had lots more people send in images but you’ll be able to see them on Google+. CNET also has a pretty good gallery of photos from all around the county.
Lastly thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a fun morning.