Get ready for another great photography experience!
Ray Mabry here and I’m excited to announce that I will be leading the Santa Rosa group for the 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk.
Want to enter the Worldwide Photo Walk photo contest? You must register on the Worldwide Photo Walk site – limited space so sign up now!
If you compete in the Worldwide Photo Walk contest, you can upload your favorite photo for our local competition. I will be judging the photo entries and the local contest and winning photographer will receive a gift (to be announced) and their photo will be submitted for the Worldwide photo competition.
Don’t want to compete? You can join us by registering for the Meetup here.
Here is a quick overview of the planned walking route and some suggestions and points of interest for you to keep in mind when on the walk.
Let’s get started!
We will gather at Historic Railroad Square in front of the California Welcome Center at 8:30 am introduce ourselves and take a quick group photo and then get on our way at 9:00 am.
After the group photo it is all up to you to either follow the suggested route or take it as you go – we are here to have fun!
The route I’ve chosen this year is diverse in historic, artistic, architectural, social, and HDR opportunities.
Our walk will take us through Old Town and downtown Santa Rosa.
Historic Railroad Square has a great deal to offer a photographer. There is the historic value as well as textures, color, people and sculptures.
Along Santa Rosa creek offers photography subjects ranging from sculptures, the creek itself may not have much water, but does have grape vines, a foot bridge, Olive Park (restrooms), and plants of all kinds.
Julliard Park has several bocce courts, a community garden, a church that was built from a single redwood tree, a pond with water lilies, plenty of people, sculptures and a playground for the kids.
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is an excellent place to take a break and rest and use the restrooms (located at the back of the gardens). The plants and flowers here are awesome. I could easily spend a day shooting here.
Prince Gateway Park is across from Luther Burbank Home & Gardens and is a wonderful place to photograph children playing in the water jets.
Across from the Roxy Theater you will take a short trip through Comstock Mall. This art rich area is worth investigating. Play with the water in the fountains or capture more of the ArtStart works and well as some fantastic Architecture.
Old Courthouse Square is was we will end the walk. Here is a great place to kick back and share the photos of the day. Here you can also photograph more people, water fountains, trees, building, and architecture. Surrounding the square are numerous restaurants and cafés to get food or drink.
Parking at Railroad Square is metered and a 2 hour limit. You may find it easier to park at the Santa Rosa Mall.
Note: Santa Rosa Mall security has asked us to not take photos of the building due to security issues.
We will be meeting at La Rosa Bar and Grille after the event if you would like to join us.
Looking forward to another exciting event – Ray