People in Austin and Central Texas, there’s going to be a fun and free event next Thursday at 7:30pm (February 20, 2014) at the Spider House Cafe.
I’ve talked about Drink and Click several times before, it’s a socially oriented photography meet up. Well next week, Charles from Olympus is going to be there with 10 of the hot OM-D EM-1 cameras along with a full complement of Olympus lenses. You know the E-M1, it’s the camera many people voted as the best of 2013. These cameras are going to be available to anyone who wants to shoot them for a while in a real environment, just bring an ID. And what a neat place to take pictures. Spider House Cafe is an eclectic Austin establishment just north of the University of Texas campus. It will be a fun setting to test the camera.
I helped organize this event and was looking forward to being there myself, except, a last-minute business trip dashed my plans. I’ll be on the other side of the world in Singapore. I’m kind of bummed that I’m not going to be there. But make sure to go. It’s not going to be some corporate sales pitch. Just a way to let photographers play with equipment in non-store setting with a group of like-minded photo enthusiasts.
Here is the address and map:
Spider House Cafe
2908 Fruth Street
Austin, TX 78705
Here’s some more photos from the Spider House that I took during a previous Drink and Click — just to give you taste of the place. Let me know how you like the event. It will be there in spirit.
Last week, I attended my first Drink and Click, a new social photography group started in Austin, Texas. I’ve meant to go for a while but my schedule just didn’t work out. Juan Gonzalez, who started the group, has done a heck of job and many chapters have opened around the world. He is a friendly guy and I had good time talking to him. Juan along with Lotus Carol run the group, both very popular photographers on Google Plus.
I’ve gone on many photowalks but this one has a slightly different dynamic. While other photowalks tend to be very photography oriented with a bit of social tacked on, Drink and Click seems like equal parts photography and socializing. Like a group of people out to have fun that just happen to take pictures. But don’t let all the socializing fool you, there were some outstanding photographers. It’s just that they don’t take themselves too seriously. I’m going again because I found it refreshing.
We started at 37th and Guadalupe, an old neighborhood with eclectic holiday lighting. We then headed over to Spider house a few blocks down for some more clicking and some drinking. I’ve never been to Spider House and it was fantastic — my kind of place with wild decorations, neon, and a whole mess of lights. It’s the kind of place where you might find holiday lights up in August. Of course, we were there at night, which is my favorite time of the day for photography. I’ll post photographs from 37th street another day but today it’s all about a very Austin looking joint.
I had my new two camera Olympus setup with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 attached to my new E-PM2 and the 14mm attached to the E-P3. I’m really liking the combination of the 50mm and 28mm equivalents. They give me enough focal length variety to take my urban landscapes, architecture with the 28mm and I like to use the 50mm for portraits and capturing details.
Time flew quickly and the gathering was going strong when I left at 11pm. I’ll need to go back to Spider House again. It’s the kind of place where I can spend hours shooting. And I will certainly go to another Drink and Click for some more social photography. You can check this rapidly growing list for a local Drink and Click chapters near you. Photography tends to be an individualistic activity but you might have a good time shooting with a fun group.