2400 Steps

A summer event with a difference, held over two evenings. It is both light-hearted and challenging.

The first half is on Tuesday August 21st.  We meet in Bedford town centre at 6.30pm

The task is easy. Walk 100 steps in any direction your choose, take one photo from that point, walk another 100 steps, take one photo, repeat until you have walked 2400 steps and taken 24 photos.

This should take 60 to 90 minutes. 2400 steps is less than the distance from Bedford Town Bridge to the Suspension Bridge and back again.

N.B. Photos are taken in JPG, only ONE photo is permitted at each stop, no post processing.

At the end we copy your 24 photos to a laptop. We will have these printed for you (24 prints at 6″ x 4″) ready for the second evening.

The second half is on Tuesday, September 4th. This is the review evening. It will be a social evening, possibly at a local pub. You get back your 24 prints. Over a drink (or two) we compare prints, ridicule discuss the shots taken, justify your choices, problems overcome and lessons learned. Leave your ego at the door, it could be embarrassing.

Cost to take part: expected £3.50 to cover the printing

Objective

The walk is an extension of one used on photographic degree courses. It forces the photographer out of their comfort zone. You will find yourself in a position, or facing a subject, that you would not normally consider viable. You will have to think carefully about the shot. You only get the one chance at each stop. Choose your composition and exposure with care.

After a while you may start forsaking the norm and begin experimenting, looking for weird patterns, reflections, shapes and obscure lines.  At least that was my excuse, you think of your own.

You will, almost certainly, take some dud shots and more unusual and interesting compositions.

You will learn by thinking through your composition, solving your problems and how other members tackled theirs.

You can walk this on your own or as a pair. Pairs are good; you’ll discuss potential shots, try to take different shots to each other and encourage your other half not to cheat!

This is NOT a competition. There is no prize or glory for the best shot. You are expected to return with some shots that didn’t work and some unusual pictures, perhaps the more weird the better. If your pictures are good club competition shots you may well have missed the whole point.

Are You Up For It?

If you wish to take part let us know. Send an email to ian@colink.co.uk with the message “I may seriously regret this decision but please include me in on the 2400 Steps event

We will send you more details on how this all works, locations, hints and tips and, to prove we are not quite as evil as you may think, tell you where you can, ever-so slightly, bend the rules.

Ian