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Photo walk captures Long Beach scenes, Sandy recovery

A favorite spot of many of the 50

A favorite spot of many of the 50 photographers who participated in the photo walk was the Long Beach boardwalk and the view of the sunset. (Oct. 5, 2013) Credit: Brittany Wait

Kneeling in the middle of a historic red brick road in Long Beach, Neil Park adjusted his tripod to sit low to the ground. He peered into the lens and took his shot.

“If I just get one or two keepers, I’ll be happy,” said Park, 34, of Oakland Gardens, Queens, who focused on landscape shots of the beach, boardwalk and sunset.

Park got a close-up of individual bricks that were replaced after superstorm Sandy flooded the Long Beach Red Brick Street Historic District.

“This road is so beautiful,” Park said. “I’m glad they fixed it back up.”

Park was one of nearly 50 amateur and professional photographers who explored Long Beach Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., capturing its beauty and state of recovery from superstorm Sandy.

The event was one of 1,238 photo walks that took place on Saturday around the globe as part of the sixth annual Worldwide Photo Walk, organized by noted photographer Scott Kelby.

Long Beach was selected for a photo walk to help bring business back to the area, said Ilene Schuss, 54, of Oceanside, who volunteered as the Long Beach walk leader. Previous photo walks on Long Island took place in Port Jefferson, Northport and Islip.

Yesterday, “People fanned out all over the city to take fantastic shots of the recovering and not just yet thriving community of Long Beach," Schuss said. “It helps more people see how far it’s come.”

Park and his group saw the new memorial benches bolted to the concrete on the boardwalk. Many of the benches had washed away during the storm. Peering through a fence, they also saw the unfinished portion of the boardwalk, a reminder of the storm’s devastation.

Benoit Grandmougin, 37, of Lynbrook, and his brother Patrick, 39, walked away with shots of bicyclists pedaling by on the boardwalk and a young couple leaning in for a kiss.

“I have so many hobbies. I brew beer and fly planes, but this baby right here is my passion,” said Benoit Grandmougin, referring to his camera.

Bruce Feingold, a freelance photographer, advised amateurs during the photo walk and took in the experience.

“This is so great because it brings people of all skill levels together to try new things,” said Feingold, 47, of Merrick. “Everyone has their own unique view of what makes a great photo. I’m used to shooting portraits and stills for my job, but I’m here to try and shoot new things.”

Schuss said participants have until noon on Monday, Oct. 14, to upload their best image at She’ll choose a winner by Oct. 21, based on composition, clarity and concept.

Photographers are competing for $13,000 worth of prizes, including the top prize for the single best overall photo at any of the worldwide events. The grand-prize winner will be announced on Nov. 4.

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