Make a Picture, Take a Picture

It’s been chucking it down with rain today – so what better to do than work through a few images taken over the last week.

I’ve been away visiting a friend just outside Liverpool.  I’ve not been there for ages, and my friend is not a photographer.  She came out with me for a couple of walks, but was obviously not interested in what I was doing.  “Let’s go for a coffee…” she said.

Now, I did go to visit her, so the invitation to coffee, was not really that; it was translated loosely as “stop ignoring me, and lets go sit down and talk”…  we sat down and talked.

The next day, we travelled into Liverpool centre to visit the Walker Art Gallery, where there was a Charles Rennie Mackintosh exibition.  He’s a Scottish artist I’d not heard of, but I was assured it was worth the visit, and it was.  It was very much reminicent of the Art Nouveau / deco style.  I loved it.

What interested me too,  was the fact that the gallery welcomed, and in fact encouraged, photography.  Even in the paid exhibit section.  They were asking photographers to share their images on social media, though having looked at their Facebook Page, there doesn’t seem to be any way to do so.

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It was an experience to be able to sit still and gather images together – I’d had a shot like this in mind for some time, but needed the space to do it.

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People watching is one of my favourite pastimes too.  I think the bloke at the back might have spotted what I was up to though.

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Lost in their own worlds.  Totally absorbed in the drawings in the Leonardo Da Vinci section of the gallery.

In the few days of my visit, I was able to take quite a few pictures, and on my return home, make a few as well.

Here’s a final one of a windsurfer on the lake at West Kirby.

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Normal service will be resumed ASAP…..  Enjoy your week…

Mal Maison Liverpool Celebrates Re-Launch with Massive Party

Oaktree Photography was pleased to be able to attend the Launch of the Mal Maison Hotel in Liverpool on Friday night.  Accrediation allowed me to be inside the hotel, and to shoot the celebrity guests as they arrived for the celebrations, which was much warmer than having to stand outside and brave the elements.

Photographs from the night can be seen by clicking here

Massive security teams were on standby as famous faces such as Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan and Tina O’Brien made their way inside.

Corrie actor Andrew Lancel was also met by the paparazzi’s flashing cameras.

Other celebrities included Corrie’s on-screen couple Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson who dressed to impress. Graeme Hawley, who played the Corrie murderer also attended.

X Factor hopeful Carolynne Poole, Scouse girl group Estrella and Juice FM’s Anton Powers also entertained.

Hollyoaks beauties including Rachel Shelton, Jennifer Metcalfe, Gemma Merna, Stephanie Waring and Jorgie Porter attended the celebrations.Read More http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2011/09/24/malmaison-liverpool-celebrates-re-launch-with-lavish-star-studded-party-100252-29479311/#ixzz1Z37LwFPB

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle (most common and utilises standard kite and board) or wake-style (flatter water using board with bindings) and wave-riding which is focused on big waves using a board designed for wave riding.

A kitesurfer or kiteboarder uses a board with or without foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel the rider and the board across the water.

Although kitesurfing is an extreme sport, its safety record is improving due to advances in hybrid and bow kite designs and the ability to control the power that they provide, effective safety release systems, and wider availability of kiteboarding schools such as the IKO and BKSA and the resulting improving teaching standards as the sport matures. There are still a number of deaths every year and a much larger number of serious injuries and accidents.

What a joy to photograph though – thanks guys…..