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Photography scavenger hunts a fun challenge: photographer

Have a camera but feel like you never use it? Do you use it, but want to try something different than photos of parties or weddings? Than you should consider joining in the hunt.

Photographer Jeremy Rose is expecting to have hundreds of people with cameras running around downtown St. John's this weekend. He will be hosting a photography scavenger hunt. It will be the first in what he said is to become a monthly event.

Past photo scavenger hunts were hosted by Jeremy Rose. The clue leading to each photo is provided below the picture. Submitted Photos

Have a camera but feel like you never use it? Do you use it, but want to try something different than photos of parties or weddings? Than you should consider joining in the hunt.

Photographer Jeremy Rose is expecting to have hundreds of people with cameras running around downtown St. John's this weekend. He will be hosting a photography scavenger hunt. It will be the first in what he said is to become a monthly event.

How exactly does a photography scavenger hunt work?

The first step, Rose said, is to grab your camera and head out. For the hunt this weekend, the start will be at the War Memorial on Sunday at noon. There is no cost to taking part. You simply sign up as a group or as an individual (he has prizes for winners in each category).

Then, "you get a list of things you're supposed to find and get a picture of. Now these are not 'find a duck.' These are much more involved than that," Rose said.

For example, he said, "one would be, take a picture involving three different types of brick, which would be easy to (find) downtown, but you have to figure out how to take a shot including the three different kinds of brick. ... Two is easy, three is hard."

He said all of the clues this weekend will lead to items within walking distance of the War Memorial.

When hunters complete their lists, or come as close as they feel they can get, they send their photos to an e-mail address provided. The photos have to be numbered, Rose said, with the number on the photo corresponding to the search clue. Whoever correctly completes the list first, or comes the closest, wins.

"Technically speaking, they have 24 hours to e-mail the pictures. I say the event runs from noon to 5. I will be there from noon to 5 to help people," he said.

Following the competition, photographers can keep their list and consider it a challenge - using as much time as you need, collect the best photos you can of each of the items on the list.

The scavenger hunt this weekend will be the sixth such event organized by Rose, but the first one in this province. While originally from here, Rose had moved to B.C. for almost three years.

"I moved back from Vancouver only a few months ago," he said.

The quality of the photos coming out of his hunts in B.C., he said, have tended to vary, but also tend get better over time.

As well, certain subjects tend to work better to prompt dynamic photos.

"It was sort of hit or miss. Pictures involving the water tend to work really well, which will also be the same downtown. Finding pictures of unusual architecture is the other thing people tend to take really good pictures of. Some you get are really good, some you get are really bad. This isn't judged on the quality of the picture, this is more of an advertising exercise than anything else. I want more people to come and do the free classes," he said.

The free classes are camera classes, offered by Rose.

"I offer free photography classes weekly, usually on Saturdays and Sundays, to anyone who's interested. I'm also going to be offering pro-amateur classes during the week, also for free, for people who use (single-lens reflex cameras)," he said.

He said he offers the classes to discourage others charging money for theirs - teaching people to use what he referred to as "point-and-click" cameras.

The times and locations for his camera classes, as well as future scavenger hunts, vary, he said, pointing to weather concerns as well as potential work conflicts.

"I do other things. I work as a consultant and so on. ... In Vancouver I could get by on photography alone. Here I have to do some (advertising) consulting because it takes some time to build up a client base," Rose said.

That client base is building, however, and samples of Rose's work here are available at www.jeremyrosephotography.com.

Yet the scavenger hunt or some volunteer photography instruction is not about self-promotion, he said.

"It's fun for me. I really enjoy it. What else am I going to do on a Saturday afternoon than teach 50 people how to use a camera?"

Rose said up-to-date information on the free classes, as well as future photography scavenger hunts, will be made available on the Facebook page for "Jeremy Rose Photo."

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Weblinks

www.jeremyrosephotography.com

Geographic location: St. John's, Vancouver, B.C.

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  • Rick
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    compair his web site wedding photos to the samples on his posting here http://www.photographypros.com/st_johns20/index.php . the samples are great on photographypros but his website photos are just OK. You be the judge

  • Rick
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    compair his web site wedding photos to the samples on his posting here http://www.photographypros.com/st_johns20/index.php . the samples are great on photographypros but his website photos are just OK. You be the judge