Save the Date, Neon Photowalk in Sacramento, October 3, 2008

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Photo by Tom Spaulding.

Hot Donkey! We’re doing a neon photowalk in Sacramento on October 3rd.

One of my favorite things to shoot is neon. I’m not sure why I’ve become so obsessed with it but it’s one of the things that I’ve shot the most. So I was super excited to hear about a night neon photowalk that Trevor Carpenter (who runs is putting on.

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, PhotoCycle producer Rocky Barbanica and I will be joining the photowalk and filming it for an upcoming Photowalking episode over at FastCompany.TV. I’m also excited that Tom Spaulding will be joining us. Tom has one of the best collections of Sacramento neon on the internet today. That’s Tom’s photo up at the top of this post. Check out more of his great Sacramento neon sign photographs from his Sacremento signs set, he’s got 600 of them there.

Of course I’m sure that people will be shooting a lot more than just neon, but Sacramento does have some of the best vintage neon around. So come on out and join us and sign up at the page here. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, what kind of camera you use, etc. Beginners to pros are welcome, so bring your DSLR, your point and shoot, your Polaroid, your Holga, your camera phone, your tripod, whatever and come hang out and shoot with a bunch of other photographers.

By the way, we are also doing a photowalk in Seattle next Friday night if you can make it.

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  1. I’ll be there! This should be fun!

  2. Paulo Jordao says:

    That sounds great.
    Unfortunately I don’t live there.
    But I might copy this idea and creata another one here in Fort Lauderdale – Miami area
    Paulo Jordao

  3. Carl says:


    After going through Tom Spaulding’s photos, this is what I would look to shoot that night, all of which is in about a seven block radius:

    * Crest Theatre at 10th and K (big neon)
    * Cafe Ambrosia at 11th and K (small)
    * Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K (Not neon, but very nice night photos)
    * Pyramid Alehouse at 11th and K (small)
    * CSAC Sign at 11th and K (Not 100% sure this is lit at night).
    * Chops at 11th and L (small)
    * California State Capitol at 11th and Capitol (Not neon, but nice night photos)
    * McCormick and Schmicks (small) – 11th and J
    * Jim Denny’s – On 12th between H and I (Classic neon)
    * Broiler at 12th and K (small)
    * Esquire Imax on K between 12th and 13th (Big neon)
    * Esquire Grill at 13th and K (small)
    * Sacramento Convention Center fountains at 13th and K (Not neon, but interesting)
    * Sky Bar Cafe (small) 14th between I and J
    * Sacramento Memorial Auditorium – 14th and J (Not neon, but interesting)

    * Hard Rock Cafe at 7th and K (the 7th and 8th blocks of K Street are pretty dodgy, just FYI).

    You can probably a figure a good route from that list. There is a public parking garage at 10th and K that’s open late and puts you right at the start of this list. I’ll plan to be there, and I hope this helps.

    Restaurants in the immediate area:
    * Mikuni – Sushi, getting a group seated will probably be a problem.
    Esquire Grill – Upscale California food, steak, probably no chance to get a group seated
    Chops – Steak, expensive
    McCormick and Schmick’s – Seafood and steak, probably no seating available.
    The Broiler – Steak, expensive, fairly small
    Ella – Very good, very expensive, no chance of getting a group in on a Saturday night.
    Pyramid Alehouse – American chain restaurant food – but they have beer and are relatively affordable, so this might be the best place for a large group.
    PF Chang –

    There are probably others I’m forgetting.

  4. I took Carl’s recommendations and put together a basic Google Map. The URL is here.