Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | 9:45am - 12:00pm

Where We Will Meet

Meet at 5th and Race Streets at the small triangular park.

Where The Walk Will End

Meet in front of The Bourse at Independence Mall

About This Walk

We’re going to explore the Olde City area of Philadelphia beginning at the Ben Franklin Lightning Bolt. We’re going to take a quick walk up the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway to shoot a panorama of the Philadelphia Skyline, then walk through Franklin Square. We’ll then walk south into Independence Mall where we’ll have great views of Independence Hall which we’ll walk behind for more photo opportunities. Sauntering east, we’ll walk among historic buildings and gardens.

We’ll move northward up 3rd Street among City shops, and galleries. If time permits at Arch, we’ll go a quick couple of blocks past shops for an iconic look at the Ben Franklin Bridge from the street below, the continue back on Arch past more of the mix of 18th-21st century buildings back to Independence Mall ending at The Bourse. (The Bourse is scheduled to reopen in August. If it’s not open in time for our walk, you will be notified of a change in the end spot.)

If you have any questions or comments, be sure to ask. While I’ve never led a walk in the World Wide Photowalk before, I regular lead many wildlife and travel photowalks in the Philadelphia area and in much of New England and the Middle Atlantic States each year.

Last minute details – Olde City Philadelphia Kelby Worldwide PhotowalkOctober 5th, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a quick update for tomorrow’s Photowalk.

Tomorrow morning’s forecast is cloudy, with a 15% chance of scattered drizzle. So it looks like no blue skies, but likely no rain. Even so, I recommend to be prepared if it does rain as we’re on tomorrow, rain or shine. In fact, often rain can give especially good photo opportunities. The temp is supposed to be from 65-70F during the walk.

We’re going to try to get some good skyline shots from the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway, north side, and we’ll mostly be among narrow streets with buildings under 6 floors. I’d suggest having a wide angle lens which you’ll likely use most of the time and a telephoto to capture building details, etc. I’m going to also bring a fisheye lens with me in case the opportunity shows itself, and maybe for some shooting inside the Bourse at the end of the photowalk.

I stopped into the Bourse today as our walk ends there. It’s just about a month from its grand opening but many of the stores in the first floor food cart are already open for business with plenty of tables on the floor. I spoke to a could of the concessionaires and they assure me they will be open for business tomorrow, so the walk will end there as listed.

Finally, make sure you have comfortable walking shoes on. While the photowalk is only for a couple of hours, it’s all on concrete, so feet can get tired. Bring some water to drink too.

I look forward to meeting you tomorrow morning at the triangular area at 5th and Race at 9:45am. There are parking lots nearby. Street parking is tough because you’ll run out of time on the street. If you’re coming in by SEPTA, 5th and Race is an easy walk from the Market-Frankford Line stop at 5th and Market.

If there’s some kind of last minute change or emergency, I’ll post it to my Twitter feed at:



  • Ned Levi Hi Everyone, We're just a month away from our photowalk together in the Olde City area of Center City Philadelphia. I'm looking forward to meeting you have having an enjoyable walk together. In the next week to ten days I'm going to re-walk the route to make sure all is well and that there are no detours or other problems that will cause us to make a slight change or two in the route. It's a short walk, but make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. If you have any questions, this is the place to ask them. I'm monitoring the discussion area daily. See you next month.

    • Fred Gartner Hi Ned This will be my first walk. What gear beside my camera will I need? Also I am just a rookie and might need help to get good pictures!! I have a canon rebel t5. Also is there a rain date if it rains? Fred

      • Ned Levi Sorry that your question didn't show up until now on my side. Bring a wide angle lens for most shots, and a longer lens, a telephoto for detail shots. Have a spare battery and memory card too. There is no rain date. Unless it's an electrical storm we're going tomorrow. Rookies are welcomed. Use me as a resource during the walk, but remember, you won't be the only one there. Regards, Ned.

  • Peter Fiss Carole and I haven't made it to a Heinz walk with you in a few months Ned. Look forward to seeing you Saturday morning.

    • Ned Levi I'm looking forward to it. Regards, Ned

  • Nick Zelinsky Hmm, had an email that the contest link was up but I don't see it

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