After a few conversations with some friends wanting to get together for a photo walk, I decided to organise one on Sunday 26th April at Liverpools waterfront in the city centre. The purpose was a good old fashioned get together, to take pictures, meet people and enjoy a coffee along the walk in a relaxed manner. We had beginners as well as more seasoned photographers on the walk and it was great to see the sharing of knowledge and experience.
Initially I had envisaged attacking 20 to 30 people, but we ended up with closer to 80 people there on there at the start, and a few more joined in during the walk.
The route started at the end of the terminal, and a few people took the opportunity to photograph two military frigates that were in the dock. Other photographers photographed people, architecture, river boats, inside the museum, inside the art gallery in cafe's the breadth of the photographic genres is nothing short of impressive.
It was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, new friends and many social media friends for the first time. Chatting online is one thing, meeting people personally a whole new world, and we had some great people join us the walk.
We were also honoured to have Damian Mcgillicuddy, Olympus UK's Principle Photographer join us socially to walk with us and take some pictures. Although attending socially, this was a great opportunity for people to speak with Damian about Olympus, the micro four thirds system, and photography in general.
We decided to offer a few prizes for the best pictures taken on the day, and while chatting to Damian, he kindly offered a place on his 'Big Shoot Experience' day. To say I was bowled over is an understatement, the day with Damian has a value of £295!! What a FANTASTIC prize and extremely generous thing to do. So its a massive thank you to Damian from me and all the walkers. My sponsor 'Paper Spectrum Ltd' have also donated prizes of Paper and Mount Kits that we can give away for best pictures. The Paper and Mount Kits consist of two pieces of A5 lustre 300gsm paper, a pre cut window mount an backing board. Ideal for people that dont want to buy full packs of paper and mount, they can now buy a kit as and when they need them. I also have some photographic clothing which is donated by me, some Jessops brand top quality photography vests. So some great prizes, and initially I wanted to offer some prizes just to add interest, but due to the kindness of Damian and Paper Spectrum, the prizes are so worth having, and caused a real buzz amongst people.
The prize will be picked after the cut off time of midnight Monday 27th April. And Damian will be making the final decision on which picture will be his winner.
More on that tomorrow once the winner is announced!
I managed to take a few pictures in between the walking, talking and coffee!