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Greek Day on Broadway : learn some Greek and eat, eat, eat

  • Jun 22, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Greek Day is a street festival to experience some Hellenic culture like the various folk dances, costumes, the playful arguing, the improving wine industry, the delectable street food and even how to talk with your hands.

So let's come out for a very short language lesson, and some photography of course.

Above photo by Dionysios Psychas

This is a good opportunity to practice taking close-up shots of color, texture, pattern, movement, dog level shots, portraits of Olympian gods and goddesses, old Greek men with their grill, dancing feet, men in skirts, arms in the air, colourful artisanal goods and food, food, food.

The Walk-about

We'll meet under the gas station sign at the corner of West Broadway & MacDonald (see map) at 14:00 sharp. We'll wait a five minutes for stragglers and then start the event and make introductions. I'll teach you some Greek greetings, expressions and survival phrases, like how to ask for this or that food on a stick, and then go explore Greek colors, sounds, aromas, tastes and the bustle of the festival. 

We'll spend a couple of hours exploring and then end the meetup at 16:00 at the picnic area (corner of W. Broad and Trutch)

NB: This is not a lesson, just an easy going walk-about. If you participate in the event you should also participate by sharing your images in the album (up to 8); ask us questions and we'll get a discussion going to help each other with technique and composition.

The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others the chance to participate.

The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.


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  • Dionysios

    Hi folks,

    if you wish to practice your Greek phrases some more, I've added a PDF document in the Files section ( http://www.meetup.com/Van-City-Free-Capture-Photography/files/ ) named "Greek survival phrases".

    1 · June 25, 2014

    • Dionysios

      They all have a translation, look closely. Which page?

      June 26, 2014

    • Dionysios

      It's there. "Excuse me" or "pardon" is "See-GNO-mee".­

      June 27, 2014

  • Susan

    Sorry I missed everyone. Well it was quite an interesting experience even though I found it was gross stank everywhere of deep fried grease. There was smoke everywhere it was super crowded full of people stuffing their faces - it was quite amazing. I did take some photos of people and posted them

    June 24, 2014

  • Marie

    Sorry I missed seeing all of you - I couldn't find parking! When I eventually did find parking, I did enjoy walking around. Hopefully I will meet you all soon at another meetup!

    June 22, 2014

    • Dionysios

      It's too bad we couldn't meet up, but I'm glad yo enjoyed your day anyways. Yes, finding parking during such events can be maddening, I should have suggested just taking transit. See you soon.

      June 23, 2014

  • Susan

    I went to the wrong side of Broadway am running over but looks like I will be about 15 mins late will you be walking as a group if so which direction are you heading ?

    June 22, 2014

    • Susan

      Obviously I run much slower than I think - I'll just wander around see if I see anyone - sorry

      June 22, 2014

    • Dionysios

      Sorry we didn't meet up Susan. It was good meeting you at the Golden hour event, and I hope we see you soon.

      1 · June 23, 2014

  • Dionysios

    A fun, delicious day folks! Thank you for meeting with us and I hope you all had a good time. Please show us your memorable photos, up to 8. IF you feel you need to share in a different way, you can also join and upload to our Flickr group. Efharisto, kai ta lemme! Yea sas.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • sharon

    Fun meet up! Lots of cool sights, food and of course learning the "important" Greek words was fun! I hope there won't be a test though!

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Anshu

    Nice fun atmosphere. Food was great. Good learning experience.

    June 22, 2014

  • hassina

    Efharisto Dionysios for this amazing meetup. Between some pictures, good to indulge in loukoumades and fresh lemonade while enjoying the traditionnal dance and music, Thank you again!!!

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • eileen

    Nice day. Wonderful sunshine, food & photos.

    June 22, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks,

    don't forget to charge your batteries and bring a wide angle lens to get a good field of you of all those people flowing by. We should be under the gas station sign a the corner, if not, then next to it. We'll wait 5 minutes and then we'll start the event. We'll take a few minutes to learn some Greek expressions and then set out to enjoy what seems like a hot sunny day. Bring a bottle of water! À bientôt!

    June 22, 2014

  • Maggie C.

    Although I thoroughly enjoyed my first meetup with this group, I've decided to focus on photography homework today...and housework. Hope to see you soon.

    June 22, 2014

  • Fel

    I'm not sure if I can't make it on time, so I cancelled it for now.

    June 22, 2014

  • Mae

    Regretfully, I've decided to bow out of this one. Too busy of a weekend for me.

    See you at a future walk.

    June 22, 2014

  • Anshu

    Anyone going from nearby Metrotown??

    June 21, 2014

  • Dionysios

    Dos anybody have any questions? Thoughts? Anecdotes?

    June 13, 2014

    • Sunra

      For those of us driving down from the suburbs, where can we park?

      June 21, 2014

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