Archive for July 2008
The page boy’s day
John was the page boy at my own wedding in 1988 and now in 2008 he has taken his own bride!
The wedding took place in South Shields Town Hall which, since it became licensed to hold weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, has become one of the most popular venues for that special day.
Photographing weddings is one of my pet hates, I fear the dreadful compromise forced by attempting to maintain the detail in the bride’s white dress and the groom’s dark suit.
Best wishes to John and Kerry.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 35mm lens, 1/15 second, f6.7 iso 200
South Shields Daily Photo is taking a few days away, but pictures have been loaded in advance to keep you interested.
I’ve been playing around in Photoshop for some time trying to create the infra red affect for this view, coupled with a little monotone action, I think it works. It was originally shot late in the afternoon.
This is The Groyne lighthouse at Littlehaven Beach, South Shields marking the danger point where the River Tyne enters the harbour, rocks here have been responsible for many groundings before the river was able to have a properly maintained deep water channel.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/750 second, f6.7, iso 200
Betty is an incredible young woman of 93 years who has spent most of her life in South Shields. I met her on Sunday and discovered the remarkable story of the badge that she wears with pride, it was presented to her as a mark of recognition for her service as a “lumber Jill” whilst she was a member of Women’s Timber Corps during the Second World War. Betty spent years cutting down trees near Launceston in Cornwall as her contribution to the war effort, because our working men were away in the armed services.
She has fond memories of the area but couldn’t wait to get back to South Shields when the war was over.
For many years she worked in the Hedworth Hall at Westoe, South Shields – click here.
I was honoured to meet her and she is so typical of many of our more senior relatives and friends, unassuming and only just beginning to think of the importance and esteem with which they ought to be held.
Camera detail; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/750 second, f5.6, iso 200
This is a Photoshop composite originally shot outdoors.
Sunday afternoon concert
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Well, day two of the Sunderland International Airshow became a victim of the weather again, lovely sunshine but a heavy mist and fog shrouded the coast, so no flying at all this year for us. Instead I took in the concert at the Bents Park in South Shields which featured a host of acts that have featured on national television recently. The concert was attended by a huge crowd estimated at around 15,000 (and the fog managed to stay fifty yards away!)
Top, City Girls (Britain’s Got Talent)
Middle, Irresistible from South Tyneside (Britain’s Got Talent)
Bottom, Billiam (Britain’s Got Talent)
Template made with Photoshop
What – no planes?
I think the same thing happened last year when we took the short trip from South Shields down the coast to the beach at Seaburn. Like last year it was once again a beautiful warm sunny day when we left the house in readiness for four hours of aerobatic displays, but a thick misty sea fret rolled in about 400 metres inland and forced the cancelation of flying for the afternoon. (See the background image)
All was not lost and the 200,000 spectators still enjoyed picnics on the beach, and plenty of land based action from the RAF Regiment, the Royal Marines, and the Royal Marines Band (Scotland). there were plenty of static displays and flight simulators as well as field hospitals and field kitchens for the children (and adults) to enjoy and get a taste of military life.
Top, Sea Harrier’s jet engine
Middle, children get ready to test ejector seat
Bottom, Red Arrows Hawk trainer
Hoping to see some flying action today.
Multi image template made in Photoshop
…..on a little dishy
Ye shall have a fishy,
when the boat comes in!
The words of a traditional Tyneside folk song evoke a time when North Shields fish quay had a thriving fleet of trawlers, drifters, and sundry other fishing vessels working from the River Tyne. That was before EU fishing quotas regulated the market to conserve North Sea fish stocks. The scene now is of smaller and fewer vessels landing smaller catches, and we watch from South Shields wondering how they survive economically in such a distorted market.
This shot was taken from Harbour View in South Shields.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 450mm lens, 1/3000 second, f5.6, iso 100
Just a simple dandelion, South Shields has millions of them and your town probably has too.
However, it is the simplicity of the composition and the mainly two coloured theme that inspired me to post this today. Regard it as a sign of summer.
Taken in the North Marine Park, South Shields.
Camera details;Pentax K100D, 450mm lens (macro), 1/250 second, f8, iso 200