These days, everyone fancies themselves a photographer thanks to the omnipresence of camera phones. Walking tours and snapping pictures seems a natural combination.
But for the latest Coral Gables Downtown Walking Tour, the Coral Gables Museum has teamed with the new Leica Store on Miracle Mile to make Saturday’s walk a shutterbug must. Photographers, both pro and novice, are encouraged to come out and capture images of Coral Gables architecture while on the mile-plus walk.
As an incentive, the first 12 registrants will be provided with Leica cameras to use while shooting the Gables’ business district. If you manage to borrow a Leica — a high-end, German-made camera known for its facility in shooting streetscapes — you can load it with your own SD card so that you can take your images home.
Walkers can submit photos for the 2014 Capture Coral Gables Contest and Exhibit, an annual event in June. That contest winner scores a Leica D-Lux 6.
“We hope people get an idea of the architectural heritage of Coral Gables and how it has been able to maintain its character in the midst of rapid development,” said Christine Rupp, director of the Coral Gables Museum. The pairing with Leica, which opened a branch on the Mile about a year ago, was meant to publicize the store’s involvement in the community and to join with the museum to promote the June contest.
The waking tour takes in landmark buildings in the downtown area, old and new, Rupp said.
“We’re talking about the the history of downtown, its social and architectural history. And not just old buildings, but new buildings and their impact on downtown. For instance, the current Bank of America on Ponce and Giralda, originally served as the Dream Theater outdoor movie house. We also walk past the La Palma, which was one of the oldest tourist hotels in Coral Gables and today is an office building and restaurant. We also highlight Coral Gables Elementary and its lovely, old Spanish design.”
Not into high-end photography? No worries. You can bring any type of camera and shoot away.