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Waiting for a lady

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HMS Illustrious, South Shields harbour

“Lusty” Illustrious entering the Tyne

Well, that’s my first New Year resolution broken!

I had intended to be out of the house early this morning to get some pictures from the annual New Year’s Day “dip” in the freezing cold North Sea. Hundreds take part in this annual fundraising event down on the beach in South Shields. However, I must have celebrated too long and too hard on New Year’s Eve and it was a struggle to drag myself out of bed this morning.

So, for your entertainment, I have used Photoshop to rework this picture of people standing around freezing, but not giving up, as they waited for the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to enter the Tyne at South Shields harbour recently. A number of layers have been subjected to black and white conversion, pencil and ink drawing, and posterisation, as well as recolouring to achieve this result.

Illustrious, or ‘Lusty’ as she is known fondly by all on board, was built at Swan Hunters Ship Builders Yard on the Tyne, and subsequently commissioned in her base port of Portsmouth in 1982.



Written by curly

January 2, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. “I must have celebrated too long and too hard on New Year’s Eve and it was a struggle to drag myself out of bed this morning.”

    Tee,hee,hee… Sounds like a good celebration was had!

    And I love the name ‘Lusty’! Those brave souls, out in the cold, were kind of lusty too.



    January 2, 2008 at 12:25 am

  2. Happy New Year, Curly. There is wonderful subtlety of color in this photo – from the camera or a bit of PS help? The group of people looks wistful, as if they wanted to set sail.

    The St. Louis New Year’s Day idiots in freezing water event didn’t start until noon so I managed to get myself there on time. It will be on the blog Wednesday and probably Friday. What drives people around the world to this soaking wet masochism?


    January 2, 2008 at 12:36 am

  3. cool shot. Nice effects. The snow is making me cold, LOL!

    Happy new year!

    mary stabbins Taiit

    January 3, 2008 at 1:59 am

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