Archive for October 2008
The Princess of Norway
DFDS ferry moored on the River Tyne at North Shields and photographed from South Shields, she looks as though she is ready to sail into the sunset. However, this was taken early evening about an hour before she sails to Amsterdam and The Princess of Norway will be turned to face the other way before she sails.
Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 300mm lens, 1/750 f8, iso 100
The Dunes is an entertainment/gaming complex attached to the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park on the sea front at South Shields, it incorporates a ten pin bowling alley and a pub/restaurant too. Shortly a new extension at the rear will house a huge indoor play facility for children, just what we need when it rains!
It’s typical seaside lighting helps it to stand out in the dark.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 6 seconds, f27, iso 200, Velbon tripod
Ocean Beach Amusement Park
It’s winter, it’s night, it’s one degree celsius, so don’t expect to find the funfair open in South Shields!
This is how a lonely roller coaster looks when all is quiet, with the trails of a car’s headlamps going past. However, the park will be open this weekend as the owners will be sponsoring the public firework display for Guy Fawkes’ night which will take place on the beach behind the funfair.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 30mm lens, 30 seconds, f27, iso 200, Velbon tripod
Arbeia Roman Fort
Main background picture is part of the reconstructed West Gate of the Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields, top left is the exterior of the reconstructed Commandant’s house and barracks, and botton right is the interior of the Commandant’s H.Q.
The template was made with Photoshop.
Looking more like an ancient monument, such as Rome’s Colliseum, or a modern day art installation, this familiar landmark in South Shields town centre is undergoing something of a transformation.
The old gasometer in Oyston Street installed in the early 1900s to store to store coal/town gas has grown grimy and rusty over the decades and is now being prepared for a brand new coat of paint, with much of the work going on behind the protective covering.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 30mm lens, 1/1000 second, f16, iso 200
The Grey Horse
This is the Grey Horse public house in Front Street, East Boldon on the southern edge of South Shields, it has an Olde Worlde look about it but the building cannot be any more than about 120 years old. However, it is one of the “hubs” of the village life, along with it’s post office and a traditional butcher’s shop.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/30 second, f11, iso 400
Despite the near death of shipbuilding on the River Tyne there is still a little heavy industry here and there in South Shields.
At the yard of Aker McNulty they refurbish, make anew, and make from fresh, modular parts for oil rigs, and do major overhauls of existing rigs mainly for the North Sea Oil fields. Here we see a shot blaster at work high up on the underside of a giant four legged oil platform.
This has been cropped from a larger image.
Camera details:Pentax K100D, 450mm lens, 1/180 second, f8, iso 800