San Jose Obon Festival Photowalk 2014

  • July 12, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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I've had lots of folks ask me, "Are we going to do another summer Obon festival photowalk?"  Sure, let's go again this year.

This time, we'll go on Saturday. It's going to be twice as crowded, but it will have an entirely different atmosphere with the sunset.

The basic game plan, we'll get together for some group introductions and check-in, shoot for a bit and stop for a refresher. Then we'll head out to take position for the obon dance at 7:30 PM.

I won't be doing any lessons on technique, this is purely a social event for meeting other people. But I'll be happy to show you how I approach event photography and we'll shoot together if you'd like.

Please note - only RSVP if you plan to join us as a group and shoot together. If you want to shoot on your own and post pictures of the event, that's fine as well, we look forward to seeing your results. But let's keep the RSVPs open for those who want to shoot together and socialize. 

Parking near the festival area is very limited. I usually park on the other side of the train tracks (off of 8th or 9th street), or take the light rail.

Challenge yourself to bring as little equipment as you can. The general rule of thumb, the more gear you bring, the less you shoot. Can you leave the gear at home and shoot the whole day with a single lens? Maybe a single prime lens?

In case if you want to come earlier to see other activities, the website and the schedule is available here:

http://sjbetsuin.com/obon/


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  • Patrick

    I would second that; thanks Brian for organizing this and it was a lot of fun !

    July 17, 2014

  • Marcus K.

    Good job Jamshid! I like those photos too! Hopefully I can learn some tricks from you next time

    July 17, 2014

  • Jamshid

    Thanks, Brian. This is a fun group with good chemistry, and Obon Festival was fun and inspiring. As I said earlier -- I am hooked.

    July 17, 2014

  • Brian T

    Thanks everyone for attending the meetup, I had a great time talking with all of you. I hope that you found the event fun. The winner for this meetup's theme - "Shoot a photo of a man with a beard", goes to Jamshid. He caught two great winning shots:

    I like the way that the subject's looking straight into the camera, connecting with the photo. The kid's face is priceless. His beard is really interesting too. A nice mix of fun and maybe a bit of danger, as you can't really read what he's thinking.
    http://www.meetup.com/photo-413/photos/23150102/386632882/ In the second shot, Jamshid did a great job isolating the subject. The focus is on the beard out in front, and also shows that he's also got a mohawk, making for a great photo of an interesting subject. Nice job!
    http://www.meetup.com/photo-413/photos/23150102/386632942/

    Look forward to seeing you all next time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Marcus K.

    i really enjoyed myself at the festival. thanks for the invite guys

    July 14, 2014

  • David S.

    Great event with lots to photograph while also enjoying the event.

    July 13, 2014

  • Gary M.

    Is there a place for us to post photos?

    July 13, 2014

    • Brian T

      Hi Gary, each event page has its own album. Just visit the event, and click on the upload button next to the details, and you can post your photos there.

      July 13, 2014

  • Vince

    Wasn't able to meet up with the group but did go and shoot around sunset. Posted a couple pics. Didn't get much usable pics from afar of the Odori dance since I only had a 30mm prime with me. Hopefully be able to meet you guys next time!

    July 12, 2014

  • Albert W.

    Lots of fun

    July 12, 2014

  • Marcus K.

    First timer unforgettable experience!

    July 12, 2014

  • Fabián S.

    Nice festival to get some nice cultural photos.

    July 12, 2014

  • Jamshid

    There was so much people related subjects - emotion, relationships, dance, and more. I am hooked.

    July 12, 2014

  • Vince

    Will try to go shoot the Obon dance in a bit if anyone still wants to meet up

    July 12, 2014

  • Joyce S.

    I'm here. Do we just shoot solo?

    July 12, 2014

  • Fabián S.

    I am here already. But there is not much of a photo ops. Maybe later

    July 12, 2014

  • Vince

    I might not be able to make it so changed my rsvp in case someone else wants to go. I will drop by I'd I can make it since I live nearby. Sorry for the last min change...

    July 12, 2014

  • Albert W.

    Will probably have to be late because of another overriding engagement. Will catch up with you later in the afternoon.

    July 12, 2014

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