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Archive for October 2007

Andes music

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Street entertainers, South Shields

Street entertainment

I was walking in the town centre just the other day when the sounds of pipes and a South American rhythm filled the air, this was unusual at 10.00 a.m., things are not normally so lively until at least an hour later.

The music was coming from this highly entertaining group of buskers, I didn’t get to find out where they were from, but they had started to entertain a large crowd in Ocean Road, South Shields, with a busy tempo to their music. I’m guessing the music was Peruvian or Chilean in style, I hope I’m right. I’ve seen this group before in Berwick and in Skipton so they are used to travelling around the country!

Behind them and to the right is our old original “free public library and reading rooms” it’s now a museum, and the older building behind and to the left is Kirkpatrick’s public house, which used to be the Marine School originally founded by Thomas Winterbottom.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/30 second, f6.7, iso 200

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October 31, 2007 at 12:01 am

The protest

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political campaigners in South Shields

Gathering votes in South Shields

What are these people up to?

What are they smiling about?

Why is there a ballot box on the table?

Just normal political, activism, protesting, and campaigning that’s all. We are about to get a new hotel in South Shields and these people are motivating others to protest about it under the Metro Bridge in King Street. It is obvious from the look on their faces that we protest with a good humour in South Shields.

Is yours a politically active town?

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/60 second, f6.7, iso 200

Originally colour but looks far better in monochrome.

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October 30, 2007 at 12:01 am

The Eve of the war

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South Shields Groyne Pier

South Shields Groyne Pier

I am reminded of an occasion many years ago but I cannot remember if it was Guy Fawkes night or the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, but we had a military band performing Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds” and accompanied by a massive fireworks display. There was a huge crowd down at the Groyne, South Shields, and also on the “little beach” to enjoy it.

In my vivid imagination I often see the steel legs of the Groyne lighthouse marching along the beach like the Martian invaders, and I can hear the rich dulcet tones of the late Richard Burton playing the part of the journalist:

“No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space.

No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.

At midnight on the twelfth of August, a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth. Across two hundred million miles of void, invisibly hurtling towards us, came the first of the missiles that were to bring so much calamity to Earth. As I watched, there was another jet of gas. It was another missile, starting on its way.

And that’s how it was for the next ten nights. A flare, spurting out from Mars – bright green, drawing a green mist behind it – a beautiful, but somehow disturbing sight. Ogilvy, the astronomer, assured me we were in no danger. He was convinced there could be no living thing on that remote, forbidding planet.

“The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one,” he said.
“The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one – but still they come!”

Then came the night the first missile approached Earth. It was thought
to be an ordinary falling star, but next day there was a huge crater in the middle of the Common, and Ogilvy came to examine what lay there: a cylinder, thirty yards across, glowing hot… and with faint sounds of movement coming from within.

Suddenly the top began moving, rotating, unscrewing, and Ogilvy feared there was a man inside, trying to escape. he rushed to the cylinder, but the intense heat stopped him before he could burn himself on the metal.

“The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one,” he said.
“The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one – but they still come!”

It seems totally incredible to me now that everyone spent that evening as
though it were just like any other. From the railway station came the sound of shunting trains, ringing and rumbling, softened almost into melody by the distance. It all seemed so safe and tranquil.”

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/180 second, f16, iso 200

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October 29, 2007 at 12:01 am

South Shields Daily Photo Scrapbook

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Autumn scenes

The weather here has been very grey and cool for the last few days, it hasn’t encouraged me to get out and about around town to photograph what is happening in everyday lives in South Shields. So, today, I’ve made use of Photoshop to put together this little scrapbook of images that I’ve captured to show autumn. The leaves were found in the North Marine Park.

I don’t recall keeping a scrapbook when I was a child, although a number of my friends did, newspaper clippings and cigarette cards of their favourite football players, or the best “artwork” that they’d produced at school.

Do you keep a scrapbook? What is in it?

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October 28, 2007 at 12:01 am

The Stag

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stag

I shot my first stag today!

Sorry this is not a shot from South Shields today, it’s a North of England shot. Yesterday Junior and I took a trip into North Yorkshire to visit a strange and adventurous “folly” called The Forbidden Corner, located at Coverham. It turned out to be a great place for kids and curious adults. They had a deer park there too, and that is where I shot my first stag (just with the camera though). This image is a crop from a larger picture, because I travelled light without a telephoto lens, but it seems to look O.K.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/60 second, f5.6, iso 400

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October 27, 2007 at 12:01 am

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Eye, eye!

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swan, south marine park, south shields

Who does he think he’s looking at?

I think I’m being eyed with suspicion as this swan in the South Marine Park, South Shields, decides to be just a little wary. There are lots of swans here, sharing the lake with ducks, boats, and little boys and girls hoping to net a minnow or stickleback. On Sundays the swans have to compete with model boats too.

Is it any surprise they become wary?

Camera details;Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/3000 second, f5.6, iso 400

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October 26, 2007 at 12:01 am

The Lakeshore Railroad

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train, south marine park, south shields

South Marine Park, South Shields

Big boys’ toys! You can’t beat playing with an ultra large model railway. The Lakeshore Railroad in the South Marine Park, South Shields is one of England’s few 9 inch gauge railways, it carries passengers around the park and is extremely popular with our visitors. Here we see the Santa Fe loco being reversed into it’s shed at the end of the day.

I’ve used Alien Skin’s Exposure plug-in for Photoshop to replicate Kodak TriX film before adding a warm brown tone.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm. lens, 1/90 second, f5.6, iso 400

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October 25, 2007 at 12:01 am