On Sunday 13th September we ran the second Liverpool Photo Walk for 2015. We met in the usual place at The Titanic Engine Room Memorial on the waterfront.
We had a brilliant turnout again, with over 80 people at the start of the walk, which swelled to well over 90 with people joining up during the walk.
We took a different route than the first walk we did in April, and took in more of the city, including The Town Hall, The Cavern on Matthew St, and The Law Courts.
The walk was the first opportunity I had to try out my new 7-14mm Olympus lens, and I have to say, to was a joy to use. Coupled to my Olympus E-M1, it handled extremely well.
The walkers have been uploading their work into The Olympus corner Page on Facebook, and the breadth and quality of the images have been fantastic so far.
Damian McGillicuddy, Olympus Principle Photographer and Educator, once again joined in the walk, and also offered valuable photography advice to people during the walk. To have somebody of Damian's standing and experience be involved in the walk is an absolute priveldge and honour. Damian has 7 international Photography Fellowships, numerous Photographer of the Year Awards, and over 650 international photography awards and its really great to have him involved.
Damian also contributed a prize of a place on his 'Big Shoot Experince Day' to the winner of his favourite picture posted from the walk. An unbelievably generous prize, and also one which is unique, and a fantastic opportunity for the winner to see how a full time working professional photographer puts a set together, works with designers, make up artist and models, to achieve the image he wants for a client or his own impressive portfolio.
I've also offered as a prize, and afternoon with myself, to be used for 1 to 1 tuition on photography, photoshop or lighting. Looking at the entry so far, its going to be a huge task to find a winner.
Damian also very generously, approached Olympus UK, and asked if there were any prizes that could be offered to people joining us on the photo walk, and Olympus UK sent a box of goodies up, USB memory drives, led lights, lens cleaning cloths, pencils, keyrings, mugs etc and I thought it was really good of Olympus UK to do that. But I shouldn't be to surprised, because from my experience that is the type of thing Olympus as a company do all the time. They really are customer focused and always willing to contribute.
So back onto the walk, we took in some great architecture, had some good opportunities for street photography, and also some candid portraits. Back at The Pier Head, the photo opportunities were endless, striking architecture, lots of people, canal boats, it really is a great area for photography.
The main reason why we do these walks is to encourage people to get out from behind the computer, and meet up with existing friends, and also to make new friends. By meeting up and sharing the love of photography, and sharing knowledge and ideas, we all grow as photographers. Regardless of experience or knowledge, there is always somebody that knows something others don't, and sharing knowledge with each other is the way it should be. Thankfully Damian has the same opinion as me, and actively shared his knowledge today with other walkers, not just on Olympus equipment, but on photography in general.
I must say a big thank you to everyone that came along today, it really was a pleasure to be in the company of like minded people, enjoying their photography, and with such a fun and light hearted atmosphere.
For more information on future Photo Walks and training, please visit the links below and like the pages where available.
Thank you everyone for a great day of memories, and images.