Recently, I’ve been experimenting with photographing the landscape of Liverpool’s Sefton Park with an infrared (IR) filter mounted onto my Fuji X100. The X100 makes for a very capable IR camera with a Hoya R72 49mm filter. Using this combination, even in bright sunlight, often requires the use of a steady tripod (my Benro carbon fibre tripod does a fine job) due to the relatively long exposures required to capture enough of the IR light which makes it past the X100’s internal IR blocking filter. For those times when a longer exposure is required to smooth out moving water or to make moving people disappear from the resultant image, the X100’s built-in 2-stop ND filter comes in very useful.
Over the past few days (20th-23rd April), Liverpool has played host to one of the biggest street theatre productions in its history. Street theatre company, Royal De Luxe, played out their Sea Odyssey production across the north and city centre of Liverpool using giant marionettes up to a massive 50-foot in height.
The story features a 30-foot Little Girl Giant and her quest to find her Giant Uncle who is in turn searching for her in order to deliver a letter recovered from the wreck of the sunken Titanic. Fortunately, the Little Girl Giant wasn’t alone in her travels as she had her dog, Xolo, to accompany her around the streets of Liverpool.
It’s a sweet and heart-warming story played out on a massive scale. Without witnessing the event for yourself, it’s almost massive beyond comprehension. It’s reported that half-a-million people took to the streets in order to watch the event. That in itself is an incredible attendance number for any event never mind a free event. The event was labelled the Giant Spectacular and it was a very apt label because it was very much giant and spectacular!
I had the pleasure of attending day 2 of the 3-day production. Here are a few photos from the day.
I recently booked a helicopter flight around Liverpool with the intention of shooting some aerial photos. When the day of the flight actually came, it turned out to be quite hazy even though it appeared to be fairly clear from the ground. Although I didn’t manage to get the photographs I’d originally intended to get, what I did manage to shoot was nonetheless worth the trip.
The Liverpool Lantern Company and co. once again put on an excellent Halloween lantern carnival at Sefton Park. It’s reported that this completely free event attracted approximately 20,000 people. When you think how much organisation must go into to planning such a massive event in pitch black darkness it’s difficult not to be impressed. There were people of all ages in attendance including families with young children. Everyone I saw seemed to be having a great time. I can’t wait for next year’s event!