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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Take your best shot at photo walk in Hudson

Calling all shutterbugs: The 4th annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk comes to town Saturday, Oct. 1. Several walks are scheduled to take place in the Montreal area, including one in Hudson.

Last year, more than 30,000 photographers participated in photo walks in more than 1,000 different locations on the planet, taking close to 6 million images in the one-day event celebrating photography. The walk's founder, Scott Kelby, is a photographer and author of numerous books on photography and on Photoshop techniques.

Jennifer Frezza, a Hudsonbased professional photographer, will be leading the photo walk event in Hudson, offering camera tips along the way. Other photo walks are scheduled for Montreal's Botanical Gardens and Beaver Lake on Mount Royal.

"It's all about perspective," said the 39-year-old Frezza. "You and I can stand in the exact same spot and take two very different photographs."

That's the beauty of photography, she said. An empty children's swing set can look "lonely" and "forlorn" if shot with a wide-angle lens that captures a broad image. But the same swing set can also appear "loved and well-used" if the photographer takes a close-up and focuses on the swing's well-worn chain or seat.

"It really sparks the creativity," she said of the group shoot, which this year will run from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and allow photographers to capture both small town Quebec life and nature.

Last year, 10 photographers joined the Hudson walk. This year, 15 people have already signed up for the event, which is free and open to photographers of all levels, including children 10 and older so long as they are accompanied by an adult.

At the end of the walk, Frezza said, each participant submits his or her best shot, including edited and Photoshopped images. For each walk, a winning photo is chosen and the photographer is awarded a prize.

For this year's walk, Oct. 1, participants will gather at 4 p.m. at the Hudson Community Centre parking lot, 394 Main Rd.

The walk will proceed along Main Rd. to Sandy Beach Nature Park Trail on the Ottawa River.

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