Just got back from Parramatta Winterlight 2015. It was organised by Sydney Street Photographers social group and I met the organiser a few weeks ago in Katoomba. We were shooting at the Winter Magic and I didn't know Raymond was an organiser of a very active Meetup group in Sydney.
We exchanged business cards and through correspondent through emails and he invited me to join the Sydney Street Photographer group. This was the first time that I joined a photo-walk with the group. I haven't had a chance to meet up with everyone as I am late to the meeting as usual, but there's always more opportunities in the future to catch up on other photographers.
As for the Winterlight festival at Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta, this was my first time ever shooting this event. Basically we have a carnival atmosphere going on in the middle of Parramatta. One quarter of the park was turned into an ice skating rink. I haven't skated for a long time, but that's for younger people. I'm not young anymore, but young at heart. I'm sure I can still skate. Once you got the skills, you have it for ever. Just like driving or photography.
For some of the shots, I was using the oldest trick in photography book. Using a zoom lens and zooming while in the middle of the exposure. You get some random effect that sometime amazing and surprisingly unique photos. I had a ball shooting the event and a fun group to be around.
Just socializing with people with the same interest as you was something that I should get more involve in. There's always the Internet and social media, but nothing beats a good conversation face to face.