Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk

Isle of Jakarta

It all started from one tweet from PD-JKT (Photo District Jakarta) two weeks ago or so about a Worldwide Photo Walk. Not just your typical photo walk but it’s The Scott Kelby!

The photo walk wasΒ scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2010 and knowing JR’s schedule, I had ‘booked’ him well in advance so he can watch Lil’ A. He’s great tho’ and kept Lil’ A entertained at home while the driver took me to Kota Area where the group meet-up.

Scheduled for 3:00PM, I got there just 2 minutes shy of exactly 3 o’clock! There were plenty of people – none that I know of. Mind you, this was my first ever photo walk and I didn’t know a soul there. Luckily, I started talking with one guy, Bisma. He’s one of the ‘coordinator’ for our walk. The awkward few minutes quickly disappeared as we started talking about photography then two other guys one an Australian and one a Welsh joined our conversations.

30 minutes later we started the walk from in front of Bank Mandiri Museum towards the Chinese Temple.

I got to meet 3 Australian girls who were so funny and said they’ll use me if they get behind in the group since obviously I wore a pretty noticeable purple blouse. We stayed as a group although we did wonder off on our own to take pictures. It was so much fun! There were over 50 people in the group and it really does felt so much easier taking pictures of people when we’re in a group because I still find it a bit awkward to ask myself. Most of the people we met yesterday would either asked for their pictures to be taken or they would smile and nod when I asked “Boleh di foto?” (May I take your picture?).

Like this one guy who asked for his picture to be taken.

Sugar cane juice seller

We passed a small street that looks like a traditional wet market and it reminds me so much of the market at Shanmulan Lu in Guangzhou, China. They sells crabs, frogs, even baby turtles – the sight that made one of the Aussie’s girls freaked out.

Another small isle

Froggy for dinner?

We reached that same Chinese Temple that I went to the year before.

Praying man

After the photo walk, they said let’s go for coffee at Oh La La cafe across from Sarinah Thamrin mall, we all hopped and rode the Bus Way to get there. The girls didn’t joined saying they had to head home.

Little that I know the guy sitting next to me is one of the professional photographer on board the group. He asked to see my pictures and that’s when I felt my heartΒ sank! Gulp! He went through my pictures shaking his head and I knew I failed to impressed him so when he praised 3 pictures and told me what to do with them I find it hard to believe. We talked about the technicality and the art of street photography. He shared his knowledge and I will be forever grateful!

That guy like this picture and after looking all of 200 something pictures I took, I agree with him – besides he’s a pro!

Fresh guavas

Too bad I couldn’t stay long – it was 7 PM and this mommy had to go home before she turned into a pumpkin!

Can’t wait to join the next Photo Walk and explore the city.



  1. July 25, 2010 / 7:54 pm

    That sounds like an amazing experience and a lot of fun! Your photos are fantastic, I especially like the second one. Must have been a great day hun!

    • July 26, 2010 / 2:16 pm

      Aww thanks Sian! Yes, it was worth all the walking in the heat just to explore these places πŸ˜€

  2. July 25, 2010 / 8:04 pm

    I like the first picture .. Like a dark alley.. Luv it!

    • July 26, 2010 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks Asta, I like it too but still a bit torn if it looks good in Black & White or keep it in color πŸ™‚

      • July 27, 2010 / 7:58 am

        Mmm.. since I haven’t seen it in color (LOL .. why does this sound like an old movie? … “Now comes in color) .. I stick with the BW version. I think it speaks more than with color … Let whatever it is on the sides remains a mystery to the viewer πŸ˜‰

        • July 27, 2010 / 1:44 pm

          Hahahaha thanks Asta! πŸ˜€ Seriously, thank you!

          • July 27, 2010 / 1:59 pm

            No worries, mate πŸ˜‰

  3. July 25, 2010 / 8:36 pm

    I am very very impressed with your photography. The walk sounds like it was fantastic, I’m so glad you went and were able to share with us.

    As a younger artist, I used to be in awe of the professionals like you are now. A kind word from an established painter could make my heart soar. As I have gotten older, I have realized that they, like everyone else are just people with opinions. I would much rather have a handful of regular people admire my work than a pro. I think that professionals sometimes get caught up in the details where the others just like my work because it speaks to them on some level. That to me is more important.

    Your photographs speak to me and while the one the pro liked is very good, the others are more personal and really draw the viewer in. Fantastic work and I look forward to seeing more!

    • July 26, 2010 / 7:17 pm

      WOW Catherine, your comment really really touch my heart. Thank you!

      You’re right I was ‘professional struck’ when he asked to see my pictures and I was honestly a little disappointed when he shook his head. I can tell from the way that guy talked that he’s a true ‘photographer meaning he avoids touch ups using Photo Shop while I’m more open to do some necessary ‘adjustments’ with it and adding some kicks to the picture.

      Thank you so much for sharing your own experience and wisdom. I will try to remember that my pictures are my arts and it’s actually okay to break the ‘rules’.

  4. July 26, 2010 / 12:56 am

    Oh wow, you are such an amazing photographer! Those pictures are incredible, what an experience you are having there!

    • July 26, 2010 / 7:18 pm

      Crystal, thank you so much. It was a really unique experience and I’m hoping to do more in the future.

  5. July 26, 2010 / 5:48 am

    What a fun experience — and what great photos! Wish I could have gone with you!

    • July 26, 2010 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you so much! If I have friends like you here I’d definitely take you along πŸ˜€

  6. July 26, 2010 / 8:42 am

    Ooh how I envy you! I’ve been wanting to join the photowalk activity like that since I landed in Perth but I still haven’t found one (or maybe I don’t look hard enough). Congrats on your pictures! They all look lovely! I’m sure you could teach me one trick or two when we meet up on Thursday! πŸ™‚

    • July 26, 2010 / 7:23 pm

      It’s a yearly activities from Scott Kelby’s website, next year you should definitely check on his website to see it, I’m sure Perth had some group of photographers. I would love to see more beautiful pictures from Down Under. Btw, I love your pictures from UK! Soooo beautiful!
      Thanks, Anita! Can’t wait to see you this Thursday πŸ˜€

  7. July 26, 2010 / 4:24 pm

    Beautiful photos, The last one just pops so brightly its wonderful πŸ™‚
    I don’t think I’ve ever heard about any photowalks before, I might see if I can find some in England πŸ™‚

    • July 26, 2010 / 7:24 pm

      Hi Gemma, thank you for your kind comments.
      It’s so much fun doing photo walks as it’s just more fun to do it as part of a group and less intimidating for people we took pictures of πŸ˜€

  8. July 26, 2010 / 10:59 pm

    That is one thing I want to do one day – join a group like that.
    Here in Casa I feel…strange if I shoot pics by myself.
    My poor husband – imagine us walking and I stop to shoot all the time. So far he’s been very patient with me πŸ™‚
    I like that picture too but all of these are great!
    I don’t know why b&w are more exciting…
    Now I’ll check your newest post!

    • July 27, 2010 / 1:43 pm

      Oh I know hahaha my husband is like that too, thankfully! But you’re right it does feels strange to take pictures alone…as much as I enjoy it I don’t usually take that much portrait pictures when I’m on my own.
      Thank you! πŸ˜€

  9. July 27, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    whoaaa…nice photos! love the b & w ones esp. I didn’t know about this photo walk thing! Too bad i couldn’t participate πŸ™

    • July 27, 2010 / 1:45 pm

      Hi Shizouka, thank you for your kind comment. Hopefully next time I will get to see you on another photo walk? πŸ˜‰

  10. August 6, 2010 / 6:44 pm

    Did they teach you about the technic or you have to figure it out by youself?

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