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How a Tweet Became a Photo

It all started innocently enough. I was on Twitter (you’ve heard of Twitter, right?) and I tweeted that I was in the market for a new camera. I’ve wanted a dSLR camera for a long time but even more so since I went on my first photo walk.

And then it happened. A friend of mine sent me back this tweet:

Later, another friend chimed in:

Pretty soon more people showed interest and Photo Walk Royal Oak (#photowalkro) was born. Our plan was to simply meet up with other twitter friends interested in photography and walk around Royal Oak, Michigan with our cameras aimed and ready to shoot.

We ended up with 15 people armed with a range of cameras including point-and-shoots, professional grade cameras, pocket Flip video cams, and a sophisticated steady cam.

Dave Peckens, Duane Orris, and Margo Davydova on the roof of Urbane Apartments.

It should be noted that although my camera purchase inspired the photo walk, Dave Peckens did all the heavy lifting. And by heavy lifting, I mean he organized the whole thing. Thanks Dave!

Royal Oak was the destination of choice for our inaugural photo walk both for its central location and its interesting downtown area.

Inside La Roche Artifacts International.

We frolicked in traffic, crawled on the ground, straddled train tracks, and even climbed up to the roof of an apartment complex just to get a good shot. After roaming the streets of Royal Oak, we ended our afternoon at the Royal Oak Brewery for some food, drinks, and conversation.

The bright yellow Wellies Margo was sporting became the subject of many pictures.

A few things I learned:

  • Each and every one of the people who went on this photo walk are fabulous and I wish I could have talked to each of them more.

  • After all the angst I had before my first photo walk with a point-and shoot, I am humbled. The photo walkers who had point-and-shoots delivered some great shots. It’s not the size of the camera, it’s the minds eye that captures the images.

  • I have a lot to learn about photography.

So that tweet, that simple innocent tweet, became a photo. Actually, it became thousands of photos. And I find that awesome and inspiring. You can view some of the photos from the walk in this Flickr group.


Thank you to all who participated!

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Great post! Thanks for buying a camera so we could all have an excuse to get together. I can't wait until the next one!

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenni

What did I say about going on that first Photo Walk with a point-and-shoot? Those little cameras can produce really big images :)
Some great shots taken that day.
Thanks to you and Dave for making this Photo Walk a reality. We weren't able to go to the earlier Photo Walk you went to--something we wanted to do as we'd never done one ourselves, so we were especially happy that y'all organized this one.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

Thank to you and Dave for setting this up. It probably wouldn't have ever happened had you not got a new camera! :)

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwatty

Jenni and Dominique,
Great to see you again, I'm glad you had a good time.

You're most welcome. It was lovely to meet you.

We'll have to put our heads together and start planning the next one!

November 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

When are you doing this again? I've seen it done in Greenville (SC), and it's a great idea! I had to miss the inaugural, but I still want to do this.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

What a cool event! Makes me want to get out and take more pictures. Well, it also makes me want to get a dSLR camera, too :).

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew


We'll definitely be doing other photo walks but we haven't nailed down any specifics yet. I'll be sure to let you know about it once we do.


Thanks for stopping by! The whole idea is to get out in your own community and take pictures and I certainly learned you don't need a dSLR to do that. Get out there and shoot!

November 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

I want in!


Seriously though, I'd love to share event info with each other, so that we can all get together and shoot. There is nothing I love more than photography (when you take my kids out of the equation!), and love to share it with others!

Let me know!


My Twitter is @amyrlin - please add me, as I haven't gotten the hang of this Twitter thing quite yet.

December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Claeys

Huh. I thought it would post my info!

My email is and I run the Royal Oak Photography Group. We go on photo walks once or twice a month, and we are always looking for new people to share it with :) Also, I'd love to come out to one of yours!


December 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Claeys

I followed you on Twitter and sent you the link for our next photo walk at The Henry Ford. We decided on an inside space due to the weather. I hope you can join us. I'd love to know about your upcoming walks with the Royal Oak Photography group as well.

December 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

great post thank for this amazing post..,

September 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteranni smith

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