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The Customs House, South Shields

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The Customs House, South Shields

One little blue car

It was a damp night when I visited the Mill Dam conservation area in South Shields to photograph the old Customs House. The Green Room restaurant was almost deserted with just a few diners present, perhaps the little blue car was theirs.

The Customs House theatre, cinema, and art gallery was built in the 1860s and belonged to the Tyne Commisioners before South Shields became an independent port. Sitting by the River Tyne it was a focal point in the days when the Mill Dam was one of the busiest parts of South Shields, teaming with sailors and merchants servicing the hundreds of ships that visited this river.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 35mm lens, 8 seconds, f8, iso 400, white balance tungsten.



Written by curly

November 20, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. Curly – I quite like the color tones in this photo – especially good since you had to work with a variety of light sources. When I saw this on the portal, I thought it might be a HDR image. I appreciate that you go to to the trouble to provide EXIF data, something that I am too lazy to do.


    November 20, 2007 at 3:38 am

  2. What a beautiful place! So inviting, even on a damp, solitary night. And you’ve photographed it so well.

    Fénix (Bostonscapes)

    November 20, 2007 at 3:46 am

  3. How beautiful–at first when I saw it I thought it was computer-generated, the colors are so perfect, and so matte soft, then shiny and sharp at once. We have the same camera–I wish I could make mine take shots like this! 🙂


    November 20, 2007 at 4:35 am

  4. A wonderful photo. I don’t think it would be so striking if there were people in it.


    November 20, 2007 at 11:51 am

  5. What a sparkling golden image. 🙂


    November 20, 2007 at 3:35 pm

  6. A beautiful building – fabulous light, love the gleam on the cobbles. Fabulous photo.


    November 20, 2007 at 5:11 pm

  7. I would like to visit again to see this building because your photo makes it so inviting. I did’t get to see enough of your town when I was there.

    Clare, Clinton, New York, USA

    November 20, 2007 at 7:22 pm

  8. […] but like most things in an arts centre there must be more to it than that. The Customs House is a very old building in South Shields which has played a major role in our maritime past, but now it is an arts centre […]

  9. Great capture! And what a good idea to present it in sepia with colour highlights, as it gives the picture more warmth than black and white would have done. Excellent photography and imaginative editing!

    Kathryn Jones

    August 18, 2008 at 4:23 am

  10. Absolutely superb photo of a wonderful place which I know very well, and have such fond memories of.

    Paul McQuillan

    August 21, 2008 at 8:42 pm

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